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Ministerial NEtwoRk for Valorising Activities in digitisation

Antonella Fresa

MINERVA and MICHAEL Technical Coordinator

[email protected]

1999: eEurope > the EC fostered the creation of coordination mechanism in the field of digitisation of cultural heritage

2001: The National Representatives Group, the Lund Principles, the Lund Action Plan

2002: MINERVA project launched to support the NRG in implementing the LAP

2004: MINERVA Plus enlarges the network to the new EU Member States

2005: i2010

The European framework for thedigitisation of the cultural heritage and the creation of culture portals
national representatives group
National Representatives Group

The NRG meets every 6 months to share national experiences under the aegis of the presidency in turn: Lund, Alicante, Copenhagen, Corfu, Rome,

Just passed

LuxembourgJune 2005

The Hague, September 2004


Bristol, November 2005

Salisburg, June 2006

Dublin, June 2004

the current debate awareness about the importance of digitisation is increasing at all levels
the Member States

Chirac’s message: Paris, 17 March 2005

un “vaste mouvement de numérisation des savoirs est engagé à travers le monde. Riches d\'un exceptionnel patrimoine culturel, la France et l\'Europe doivent y prendre une part déterminante”

the European Commission

Reading’s communication: Brussels, 3 May 2005

Improving and extending the use of ICT to make the most of Europe’s cultural and audiovisual heritage

Reading’s speech: Luxembourg, 21 June 2005

Reinforcing synergies between culture and technologies

To improve visibility and accessibility to European cultural content on line

To continue and to reinforce coordination among Member States and with the research

The current debate: awareness about the importance of digitisation is increasing at all levels
IST supported network, involving the 25 European Ministries of Culture, plus Russia and Israel.

Active since 2002, under the Italian coordination.

The following products have been realised to date, through the MINERVA working groups:

Strategic documents

Technical guidelines


Information material




progress reports 2002 2003 2004
Progress Reports 2002-2003-2004

Progress Report 2002

Printed copies: 3,000 (en)



Progress Report 2003

Printed copies: 4,500 (en)



Progress Report 2004 (just printed, June 2005)

charter of parma
Charter of Parma

Printed copies

3,000 (en/it/fr)

Online version: de - en - fr - he - it - sk



technical products
A shared and common platform of reports, guidelines & recommendations:

Technical Guidelines

Best Practices

Quality of cultural websites

Still under development: IPR


Cost reduction

The MINERVA Knowledge

and the national MINERVA websites


Technical products
technical guidelines for digital cultural content creation programme
Technical Guidelines for Digital Cultural Content Creation Programme

Printed version: under preparation (en - fr - it)

Online version: en - fr


Downloaded files:

8,000 (on MINERVA website)

11,000 (on French Ministry of Culture website)

good practice handbook
Good Practice Handbook

Printed copies:

3,000 (en) + 1,000 (fr) + 1,000 (it)

Online version: de – en – el - fr – it – pt – sk

Url: /workinggroups/goodpract/document/goodpractices1_3.htm

Downloaded files:

25,000 (on MINERVA website)

5,000 (on French Ministry of Culture


handbook for quality in cultural web sites
Handbook for quality in Cultural Web sites

Printed copies

500 (en) + 3000 (it)

Online versions: en - it


Downloaded files:

35,000 (on MINERVA website)

cultural website quality principles poster
Cultural Website Quality Principles - Poster

Printed copies:




Downloaded files:

1,800 (on MINERVA website)

cultural website quality principles postcards
Cultural Website Quality Principles – Postcards

Printed copies:

1000 x 5 (de - en - fr - it - nl)

url: publications/tenqualityprinciples.htm

quality principles for cultural website a handbook
Quality Principles for Cultural Website: a handbook

Printed copies:

4,000 (en)

it+fr under preparation

Online version: en - el - hu



museum web
Museum & Web

Planning Kit for a good quality website for Small and Medium Sized Museums

based ontheHandbook for Quality in Cultural Web Sites and the European principles for quality in a cultural Web site

Italian and English versions available online:

information brochure
Information Brochure

Printed copies

3,000 (en) + 3,000 (it)



Printed copies

5,000 (en) + 3.000 (it)




Total of published issues: 8

First issue published in June 2003

Languages: English and Italian

Total of subscriptions: 2901

education and training
Education and Training

The MINERVA project is going to develop a set of educational materials, using an eLearning approach, starting from the products of its working groups.

The first application concerns the “Technical Guidelines” issued at the beginning of 2005, and soon available as an educational tool at the MINERVA Web site.

We are also signing agreements with individual universities and trans-European networks of Higher Education institutions, with the objective to facilitate the re-use of the outputs developed by the project for educational purposes.

unesco ifap
Preparatory actions:

MINERVA and NRG introduced at the Information for All Programme conferences in Russia (Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky September 2003 and Saint-Petersburg June 2004);

Official inviation at the formal meeting of the IFAP board in Paris in October 2004.

May 2005:

MEDCULT project approved by UNESCO for funding, to spread MINERVA products through Mediterranean Arab countries, in cooperation with the STRABON network.

unesco roste
The Regional Bureau for Science in Europe ROSTE of UNESCO asked the support of MINERVA for organising the Ohrid conference (17-20 March 2005) in order to introduce the coordination mechanisms and MINERVA products to the South-eastern Europe countries.

MINERVA SPACE project submitted to the Marie Curie EC programme

cooperation with other eu projects
Presto Space Audiovisual

Bricks Semantics & Ontologies

Delos Digital Libraries

Calimera Best practices

Erpanet Digital Preservation

Euridice Cultural contents for eLearning

Cooperation with other EU projects
what remains still to be done
In addition to the natural continuation of the political, technical and international coordination, MINERVA has the following priorities that will be carried out in the continuation of the work of the network:

To agree on common content selection criteria to avoid duplications and to better represent the cultural European diversity;

To enhance the involvement of the cultural institutions, also at regional and local levels;

To reinforce the relationship with stakeholders, to help exchanges and cooperation between the private sector and the public cultural institutions.

What remains still to be done
michael multilingual inventory of cultural heritage in europe
MICHAEL Multilingual Inventory of Cultural Heritage in Europe

supported by eTEN

to establish an international online service, to search, browse and examine multiple national cultural portals from a single point of access, based on open

source software.

towards the European portal of culture

MINERVA spin off

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