Sharing your models with Europeana


If you are new to Europeana and sharing your content for the first time you may have a few questions.

What does Europeana hold?

Europeana provides access to digital cultural heritage - music, books, films, art, social history, archaeology and architecture - from Europe's museums, galleries, libraries and archives among others.

The database behind Europeana holds metadata descriptions for digital content that is held externally. In your case, this means the metadata records you created in the Share3D dashboard with pointers to your 3D models on Sketchfab and to the images used as previews in search results.

Do I need to sign an agreement to give Europeana permission to publish?

Yes. You will need to sign a "Data Exchange Agreement" with either Europeana or CARARE to give permission to share your metadata and content. The main principles of this agreement are:

  • Your metadata records will be published as open data under the Creative Commons Zero Public Domain Dedication (CC0).

  • Each of your 3D models (including the preview images used in search results) will carry a rights statement that describes its copyright status and the permitted uses.

See the section on Signing the DEA agreement for more information.

Which rights statements can I use for my content?

Europeana supports a range of rights statements that allow for different situations. The suite includes both statements that allow for open access and also statements that allow for educational, non-commercial and commercial re-uses. These are included in the Share3D dashboard for you to use.

Is there anything else that I need to know?

Good metadata improves the chances of your 3D models being discovered on Europeana. Europeana has fairly strict quality criteria for metadata records. We have embedded these criteria into the Share3D forms to make it as easy as possible for you to meet Europeana's standard.

Before submitting your metadata record to Europeana we will take a look to make sure that all of the data needed has been completed. If we have any questions or suggestions about your record we will be in touch with you by email.

The next pages explain the process of signing the DEA and how to preview your metadata record .

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