2 minutes to readPosted on Monday October 12, 2020
Updated on Tuesday January 5, 2021
Data standards Cultural Heritage Institutions dsi-4multilinguality
Andy Neale
Former Chief Digital Officer , Europeana
Europeana DSI-4 Multilingual Strategy
This document presents a medium-term strategy for the improvement of multilingual experiences on the Europeana website. Read the executive summary and download the full strategy.
Multilingual access to extend the reach and impact of the Europeana collections website has been a long term goal for Europeana, stretching back to 2009. Users also have growing needs and expectations for accessing material in alternative languages, based on their other experiences online. The vision of a full multilingual experience, for all 24 official languages of the European Union, is now within the realms of possibility because of technological advances. However capability, resourcing, and technical complexity are all current issues that limit the speed at which progress can be made.
Delivering on this strategy requires Europeana to break new ground for the cultural sector, and for this reason R&D and implementation will need to iterate together. Expert solutions are proposed in this strategy, but will likely still evolve as experiments prove or disprove the proposals. Multilingual use cases addressed in this strategy cover the ability to navigate the Europeana website, read editorial content and website copy, search, and read item text.
The core solutions for searching and reading item text across languages rely upon the:
Multilingual coverage of the user interface, editorial and website copy, metadata, and full text content will be additionally supported by:
Download the full strategy below. 
Europeana DSI-4 Multilingual Strategy.pdf
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Issue 17: Multilinguality
In this issue of EuropeanaTech Insight, the EuropeanaTech publication, we present three articles related to multilingual access of digital cultural heritage material.
Approaches for handling multilingualism for digital cultural heritage
Providing seamless access to collections in multiple languages has been a key objective for Europeana since its inception. In this post, we give an update on recent strategic developments at Europeana on this topic and introduce a new issue of EuropeanaTech Insight dedicated to multilingualism in digital cultural heritage.  

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