The project's aim is to improve access to existing
Internet-accessible collections of cultural and scientific resources across Europe. The approach being taken is to develop a 'broker' service - a single interface for searching and browsing across existing distributed resource collections produced at a national level.
Renardus exploits the success of subject gateways, where subject
experts select quality resources for their users, usually within the academic and research communities. This approach has been
shown to provide a high quality and valued service, but encounters problems with the ever increasing number of resources available on the Internet.