CARARE association

CARARE is a non-profit association that brings together agencies and organisations, research institutions, specialist digital archives and others with an interest in the archaeological and architectural heritage.  

CARARE aims to advance professional practice and foster appreciation of the digital archaeological and architectural heritage through the promotion for public benefit of digitisation, connection. enhancement, and use of digital content nationally and internationally. It supports the creation, connection, enhancement and use of digital archaeological and architectural heritage resources, for work, research, learning and for enjoyment.  It does this by:

  • Providing advice, guidance and training on good practices in the creation, publication and use of digital data.
  • Providing technical services to enable institutions around Europe to share their digital content with users via Europeana and the CARARE channel.
  • Maintaining the CARARE metadata schema.
  • Working to foster appreciation of the digital cultural heritage and its potential uses by the wider community



Company Reg. No.: 594650 (Dublin, Ireland) A Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered Office The Black Church, St Mary's Place, Dublin, DO7 P4AX

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CARARE project 2010 - 2013

The CARARE Best Practice Network was funded under the European Commission’s ICT Policy Support Programme and ran from 1 February 2010 until 31 January 2013. It was designed to involve and support Europe's network of heritage agencies and organisations, archaeological museums and research institutions and specialist digital archives in:

  • making the digital content for the archaeology and architectural heritage that they hold available through Europeana,
  • aggregating content and delivering services,
  • and enabling access to 3D and Virtual Reality content through Europeana.

CARARE was one of a suite of projects, funded by the European Commission to help develop Europeana. It played an important role in involving Europe's network of organisations responsible for investigating, protecting, informing and promoting unique archaeological monuments, architecturally important buildings, historic town centres and industrial monuments of World, European and National heritage importance alongside the existing national, regional and local content providers. Their involvement not only brought together a rich diversity of content about the archaeology and architectural heritage but also added 3D and Virtual Reality content to Europeana.

CARARE was co-ordinated by Kulturarvsstyrelsen with MDR Partners.


The resulting tools and materials from the CARARE Project which finished in 2013  can be  found on CARARE Pro and include::

  • Metadata: The CARARE Metadata Schema and Mapping
  • Services, including MORE, MINT and information of Workflow
  • Training Materials providing information on repositories and 3D and Virtual Reality, supplemented by case studies
  • A Resources section giving access of all of the public deliverables (PU) resulting from the CARARE project a long with National Meeting Reports and country fact sheets
  • Presentations given about and relating to CARARE
  • Publications

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