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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 1 MINERVA framework eEurope initiative (december 1999) Lund, 4th April 2001: meeting of experts and representatives from EU Member States Lund Principles Lund Action Plan 2 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 future) • For sustaining cultural diversity in a global environment • Is a key resource for education and for the tourism and media industries 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 3 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 4 MINERVA 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– 2005) 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 5 MINERVA and MINERVA Plus 7 original partners: •Belgium •Spain •Finland •Sweden •France •United Kingdom •Italy 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 6 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) 7 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 www.minervaeurope.org 8 MINERVA Publications Handbook for Quality in Cultural Websites: Improving Quality for Citizens • Cultural Websites Quality Principles • Commentary and exploration of the ten quality principles Good Practice Handbook 9 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 interoperable • the appropriate use of standards in digitisation can deliver the consistency that makes interoperability possible • standards support also access, preservation, security 10 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 Russia 11 Cooperation: Digitisation cluster MINERVA promoted a coordination among European cultural networks/projects. Purpose: • 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 DIGICULT FORUM Euromed Heritage II PRESTOSPACE EVA SCRAN 12 MINERVA spin offs MICHAEL - Multilingual Inventory of Cultural Heritage in Europe (www.michael-culture.org) 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) 13 Opportunities INTERREG initiative • Strand B: cross-national cooperation • CADSES www.cadses.net • 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 14 Find out more! www.minervaeurope.org contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Thank you for your kind attention 15
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