The main goal of the Archives Portal Europe is to meet user expectations by providing seamless access to various archival resources held throughout Europe. To achieve this, we have developed common European profiles of the international archival XML schemas EAD (Encoded Archival Description), EAC-CPF (Encoded Archival Context - Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families), EAG (Encoded Archival Guide) and METS (Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard) that act as pivotal formats enabling the Archives Portal Europe to deliver standardised data to Europeana and others. Furthermore, this approach supports and promotes these international archival standards throughout Europe and beyond and encourages institutions with archival holdings to make use of them in their own contexts in order to ensure interoperability with the various regional, national, and thematic portals for archival materials.
Participation in Archives Portal Europe is open to all institutions with archival holdings from and about Europe that can contribute descriptions of their holdings that are structured in accordance with the appropriate international archival standards (either in EAD, EAC-CPF, EAG and METS format) or are in a format that can be converted into EAD, EAC-CPF, EAG and METS (preferably by the institutions themselves with the tools provided by the Archives Portal Europe).
Read more about the usage of the international archival standards in Archives Portal Europe on their specific pages.