epa european pressphoto agency is one of the leading European news agencies participating in the Euro-Photo project. The project is funded by the European Union's ICT Policy Support Programme designed to stimulate innovation and competitiveness through the wider uptake and best use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) by citizens, governments and businesses.
The EURO-Photo project aims to digitise 150.000 historical images from the archives of ten leading European news agencies during the project and to make them available to Europeana - together with a significant number of their historical pictures already digitised and captioned. Images in these archives are among the most valuable historical documents of the last century. They record the major domestic and international events (political, social, cultural, sporting), celebrities and daily life from the turn of the century to the mid 1990s.
The project aims at developing a unique pan-European historical press photo archive available to and usable by European Citizens through Europeana - a common multilingual access point to Europe's distributed digital cultural heritage. At present this common cultural and historical heritage is marginally accessible.
Euro-Photo will strategically comply with the major standards for EDL (European Digital Library) like Dublin Core and OAI PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol Metadata Harvesting).