Europeana is an internet portal that acts as an interface to millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitised throughout Europe. Europeana newspapers – as part of it – aggregates 18 million historic newspaper pages for Europeana and The European Library.
Newspapers are one of the most sought-after sources of cultural heritage material available since they contain a wealth of information ranging from international news events to local and family announcements. In the Europeana Newspapers project, partners from all over Europe have been working together on adding an impressive amount of newspaper content (18 million digitised newspaper pages and over 30 million records related to newspaper titles) to Europeana and The European Library. Since this is historical newspaper content from before 1940, nearly all of the material (and all of the metadata associated with it) is available as public domain, apart from a small amount of 20th-century material which still falls under copyright.