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					Improving visibility and access to project results!
    European Shared Treasure
A database for the dissemination of good practice

             •Capitalise on the immense treasure of
              experiences to be found in the framework
              of decentralised actions of Socrates
              Programme, i.e. Comenius and Grundtvig

             •Show how these projects work towards the
              "Education and Training 2010" objectives.
A database in European dimension
in order to
     •   Gain knowledge
     •   Document
     •   Monitor
     •   Evaluate
     •   Trace products
     •   Retrieve best practices
               The EST project
   Attempt to build on and go beyond GOLD
A five-year experience with the Italian national database
   provided precious and ample feedback from users

  since 2000      Global On Line Documentation
  GOLD            The database was created for:

                  - documentation
                  - monitoring
                  - final reporting

                  of Comenius1 and Grundtvig 2
                  learning partnerships
4 National agencies
Thanks to a pilot project funded by
the European Commission, DG EAC
           ITALY (co-ordinator)
           Indire - Istituto nazionale di documentazione per
           l'innovazione e la ricerca educativa

           Sokrates Nationalagentur Österreich

           YKY- Ίδρυμα Κρατικών Υποτροφιών

           Fundacja Rozwoju Systemu Edukacji
                     A shared database

EST is composed of national databases, located and
managed in participating country servers which form
part of a network.

A common metadata model and multilingual
retrieval tools, allow for simultaneous searches
                    Strong points
User friendliness • Easy to fill in by schools andby Agencies
                  • Easy to install and mantain

                            • User friendly for research
                            • Open to public users

Efficiency         many fields in EST are pre-filled through
                   imported data from Soclink

                        with European and world-wide acknowledged
 Compatibility          standards (Dublin Core, Isced, Nuts, European
                        Treasury Browser)

Multilingualism             National language versions for
                            DATA INPUT and SEARCH
Data input
           Is performed using a common metadatamodel
           available in different national language versions

Display of results
• The Search page is translated in national languages
• The use of a vehicular language in project’s and product’s
  descriptions allows consultation by users from different
Multilingualism   Input in national languages
           Projects and Products
EST will document activities carried out by schools and adult
education organisations in the framework of Comenius 1 and
Grundtvig 2 partnerships covering all main aspects

            Topics and subjects
Metadata model                           Project
  - Project Code*
  - Action: Comenius/ Grundtvig*
  - Vehicular language: EN/FR/DE            *Pre-filled from Soclink

  - Title in national language*
  - Title EN/FR/DE
  - Description in national language
  - Description EN/FR/DE
       A free text abstract (1000 k) focusing on the most important
       features of the project: objectives, themes, methodology,
       activities, results and benefits for the participants.
Metadata model                  Partnership
 Institutions Involved
 Applicant Institution   Partnership

   - Name*                 - Name*      *Pre-filled
   - Address*              - Town*      from Soclink
   - Town*                 - Country*
   - Country*
   - Nuts code
   - e-mail
   - contact person
   - ISCED level
Metadata model
                                Project’s content
                           retrieved from Soclink

Lisbon priorities          codified into 8 descriptors
                           in order to:

 • draw the attention on Education and Training Objectives 2010
 • offer a project interpretation key within the wider framework of
   European Policies
 • point out Socrates contribution to the achievements of these goals
Metadata model Products
 the output of a cooperation between pupils/learners,
 the best way to communicate the results of a project
                 to a wider community

         - Title
         - Copyright
         - Language of the resource
         - Audience
         - Product type
         - Description in national language
         - Description EN/FR/DE
Metadata model

           Search options
Multiple search options
at a national or limited/unlimited European level
Guided search      different keys,in one of the following sections:

          search project       - institutions
                               - contents of the project

          search product        - type of product
                                - language(s) of the product
                                - target users

Free text search              in progress
    …towards the shared treasure
                    Dec- Sept.2005
April 2004          - design of the full datamodel
PILOT PROJECT       - implementation of the common database
                    - design users web interface

September 2005 TEST INPUT
                  by IT NA and partner NAs
                  by schools/institutions in Italy

                   by schools and institutions on a voluntary base

June 2006     in Italy EST will become part of the final
documentation required BY CONTRACT
End users:            for whom might EST be useful ?

•New project applicants
 to check on existing material and avoid repetition
•Project coordinators
 the input of data helps reflect and self-evaluate even in relation with
 other European realities
 to gain direct access to didactic materials developed within projects
•Decision makers
 to trace progress made by schools and adult education organisations in
 a European cooperation project
•Politicians have an indicator of the Socrates’contribution to the
 European dimension in the field of education and to extent of work
 completed in relation to Lisbon objectives.