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									  MINERVA -       Towards a European Platform for
   Digitisation of Cultural and Scientific Content

Belgrade CALIMERA Conference
Belgrade, November 15th, 2004
                                   Giuliana De Francesco
                        MINERVA framework
eEurope initiative (december 1999)

Lund, 4th April 2001: meeting of experts and
representatives from EU Member States

 Lund Principles
 Lund Action Plan

                                  MINERVA framework
Lund Principles:
Digitisation of Europe's cultural and scientific heritage is crucial:
 • For providing improved access for citizens
 • For preserving Europe's collective cultural heritage (both past and
 • For sustaining cultural diversity in a global environment
 • Is a key resource for education and for the tourism and media
To progress, an ongoing forum for coordination of digitisation
policies was needed
Lund Action Plan:
 • establishes a set of actions to be carried out by Member
   States and EC

  National Representatives Group - NRG
Set up of the National Representatives Group (NRG),
made up of representatives officially appointed by
Member States
   •   to coordinate digitisation policies and programmes
   •   to facilitate and monitor the adoption and implementation
       of the Lund Principles and Action Plan
NAS NRG appointed in 2003
The NRG meets every 6 months
7th NRG meeting: 17th September 2004, The Hague.
Next meeting in Luxembourg
                       Charter of Parma
       Strategic document continuing and supporting the Lund Principles,
              approved at the 5th NRG meeting in Parma
 Ministerial NEtwoRk for Valorising Activities in digitisation
 • is the “operative arm” of the NRG for implementing Lund
   Action Plan and organising its working groups
 • funded by the EC IST 5th Framework Programme (2002–
A network of Member States’ Ministries:
 • to discuss, correlate and harmonise activities carried out
   in digitisation of European cultural content
 • to create an agreed European platform made up of
   recommendations and guidelines
 • to give international visibility to national initiatives
 • to embed the results of European coordination in national
   digitisation activities
                 MINERVA and MINERVA Plus
7 original partners:
•Belgium                          •Spain
•Finland                          •Sweden
•France                           •United Kingdom
MINERVA Plus (funded by the EC IST 6th FP)
extends the network to:
   • the 15 former EU Member States,
   • the NAS (6 at start: Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary,
       Malta, Poland, Slovenia)
   •   Israel and Russia

                          How MINERVA works
• Working groups
   Publications (guidelines, handbooks, reports)
• Networking activities (enlargement of the
  network, website, newsletter, workshops,
  dissemination, on-line training, cooperation with
  other projects)

                               MINERVA Workgroups
 Inventories, discovery of digitised content, multilingualism.
  M+ specific topic: multilingual thesauri
 Interoperability and service provision , IPR issues
  M+ specific topic: business models for digitisation programmes
 Identification of user needs, quality framework for common
  access points
  M+ specific topic: small cultural institutions requirements
 Good practices and competence centres
  M+ specific topic: digitisation cost reduction

                        MINERVA Publications

Handbook for Quality in Cultural Websites:
 Improving Quality for Citizens
  • Cultural Websites Quality Principles
  • Commentary and exploration of the ten quality

Good Practice Handbook

                            MINERVA Publications
Technical Guidelines for Digital Cultural Content
 Creation Programmes
   • NOT a single prescriptive set of requirements to which
     all projects must conform:
   • seeks to identify those areas in which there is already
     commonality of approach and to provide a core around
     which context-specific requirements might be built
   • in order that the content produced is as widely useful,
     portable and durable as possible, resources should be
   • the appropriate use of standards in digitisation can deliver
     the consistency that makes interoperability possible
   • standards support also access, preservation, security
        MINERVA Publications: NRG Report
 Coordinating Digitisation in Europe. Progress
  Report of the National Representatives Group
    •   Policies, programmes and projects in the field of
        digitisation of cultural and scientific heritage carried on in
        Member States
    •   Progress of the coordination initiative
    •   Annual

     2003: includes contributions from NAS, Israel and

             Cooperation: Digitisation cluster
  MINERVA promoted a coordination among European
  cultural networks/projects.
   • avoiding duplication of effort and waste of resources
   • merging efforts together to maximise the impact of the
     individual projects
   • sharing knowledge and exchanging experience
   • promoting results (studies, reports, guidelines)
   • adopting common standards and common agendas
Networks involved: :
   BRICKS           EMII-DCF               HEREIN
   CALIMERA         EPOCH                  MINERVA
   DELOS            ERPANET                MUSICNETWORK
                    EVA                    SCRAN

                             MINERVA spin offs
MICHAEL - Multilingual Inventory of Cultural Heritage in
Europe (
  funded by eTEN
  partners: initially France, Italy, and UK
  develops MINERVA achievements in the fields
    Inventories of digitised content and Interoperability
  Will develop a trans-european inventory of digital
    cultural collections
  open source software, open standards-based
EURIDICE – EUropean Recommended materials for DIstance
learning Courses for Educator
  – project under negotiation (eTen)

  INTERREG initiative
• Strand B: cross-national cooperation
• Among thematic priorities:
    Priority 2: Efficient and sustainable
   transport systems and access to the
   information society
    Priority 3: Promotion and management
   of landscape, natural and cultural heritage

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