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1 The Michael/Michael+ Project is partly funded by the European Commission eTEN Programme Antonella Fresa Technical Coordinator

2 MICHAEL and MICHAEL Plus deploying MINERVA results 2 deployment projects Supported by eTEN Involving 14 EU countries Based on the metadata standard for cultural inventories developed by MINERVA Aimed to build a unique multilingual access point to the digital collections of museums, libraries and archives in Europe Total investment: ˜90 million

3 MICHAEL actors and roles Ministries of culture: coordination and financing Central cultural institutes: standardisation and guidelines Technology providers: software implementation Regions and Universities: surveys and local coordination of the cataloguers The actual cultural institutions on the territory: museums, libraries and archives to provide content

4 Policy links MICHAEL and MICHAEL Plus have strong policy links The success of the initiative is based on the actual political commitment at national and European levels Main targeted policy domains: –Culture & multilingualism –Education & training –Research & innovation –Tourism & economic development

5 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 5 MinervaEC The project phase R&D implementation full depl. Catalogue des fonds culturels numérises (FR) & MINERVA MINERVA Plus Michael PLUS MICHAEL The new eContent Plus initiatives: ATHENA, EDL-Local, etc.

6 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 6 MICHAEL Portals Three national portals online since 2006 France: UK: Italy: MICHAELplus partners are registering the domains for the respective national MICHAEL portals according to the same pattern MICHAEL European Portal launched in December 2006

7 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 7 MICHAEL Users many different user communities –education –cultural tourism –research –co-ordination –and computers …

8 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 8 MICHAEL European portal Launched December 2006 Periodical harvesting of the published national instances

9 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 9 MICHAEL national portals FR 1450 digital collections 500 institutions 250 services-products IT 2588 digital collections 1396 institutions 1404 services/products 1520 physical collections 423 projects/programs UK 766 digital collections 616 services 321 projects 306 institutions

10 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 10 Communication & Dissemination: international events Four international conferences with high level political participation: Paris, 1 April 2005, with the participation of the French Minister for Culture Bristol, 16 November 2005, with the participation of the UK Minister for Arts Rome, 4-5 December 2006, with the participation of the Italian Minister for Culture and the EC INFSO Director General Berlin, June 2007, under the aegis of the German Presidency of the EU

11 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 11 A large number of national initiatives in all the MICHAEL and MICHAELplus countries: -Workshops -Training sessions -Other national and local initiatives Communication & Dissemination: national events

12 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 12 The AISBL (Association international sans but lucratif) MICHAEL-Culture was created on July 2007 under the Belgian law Founders: MCC (France), MiBAC (Italy), Amitié, Dédale MLA (UK) and SPK (Germany) are about joining the Association Sustainability

13 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 13 Coordination At the Ministerial level Cooperation with other ministries and national and regional levels E.g. Ministry of education Regions Institutions involved Local branches of the ministry (archives, libraries, architecture and heritage, museums, music, performing arts, theatre etc.) Institutions of all levels (national, regional, local) Universities Organisational framework

14 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 14 MICHAELplus and further enlargement The take-off of MICHAELplus gives evidence of MICHAEL success. 11 new countries involved Further national investment for more than 55 million euros More European countries are currently implementing the MICHAEL service on the basis of their own investment, without any EC funding: Bulgaria Belgium Flemish Community Estonia Slovak Republic Expression of interest by several other countries, both European and extraEuropean

15 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 15 Impact at international level: MICHAEL selected for IST 2006 and eGov 2007 MICHAEL was invited by the European Commission as a representative project on the occasion of: -4th Ministerial eGovernment Conference (Lisbon, September 2007) -IST 2006 (Helsinki, 23 November 2006) -Ministerial e-Inclusion Conference (Riga, June 2006) -E-Government conference (Manchester, 25 November 2005)

16 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 16 Impact at national level: integration with national programmes FR: Integration with Collections portal (unique access point to the heritage data bases)www.culture.fr IT: Integration with the on-going Portal for the Italian Culture (http://www.culturaitalia.beniculturali.it)www.culturaitalia.beniculturali.it UK: Linked initiatives Peoples Network Discover Service 24 Hour Museum Regional portals and also Germany, Greece, Hungary, Estonia…

17 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 17 Impact at local level: involvement of cultural institutions MICHAEL established a network of thousands of European cultural institutions: Large, medium and small National, regional or local Public and private Every heritage sector (Museums, Libraries, Archives, Catalogue and preservation offices, Education, Research institutes etc…) Institutions and private organisations are now asking to contribute their data into MICHAEL

18 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 18 Cross-domain approach MICHAEL data model is suitable for describing digital collections belonging to every sector of cultural heritage and for recording related and context information: –Institutions –Projects / programmes –Services / products –Physical collections MICHAEL aimed since the beginning at giving integrated access to the whole European cultural heritage through the Internet

19 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 19 Benefits for Ministries and Local authorities MICHAEL proved to be a powerful tool for: Building a road-map of whats on in the field of the digitisation of the cultural heritage Planning and monitoring digitisation initiatives undertaken or funded by ministries and other local authorities MICHAEL allows the discovery of digitised resources and fosters synergies between projects

20 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 20 Through MICHAEL cultural institutions can: Reach wider audiences at national and international level (visibility) Inform users about the collections they own and promote access to them Increase their online profile and promote their own activities Manage collections and large groupings of objects or data Plan further digitisation activities basing on knowledge of whats available and possible synergies Benefits for cultural institutions

21 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 21 MICHAEL service allows to search and browse from a single access point information on digital cultural heritage coming from: –every CH sectors: archives, libraries, museums, heritage, audiovisual, landscape… –cultural institutions of any kind: national, regional, local, large and small, public and private… on a multilingual basis by subject, period, spatial coverage… by institution type or location through full text search etc. Benefits for final users

22 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 22 MICHAEL and the EUROPEAN DIGITAL LIBRARY

23 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 23 High level political profile 13 November 2006 Bruxelles, Council of the Ministers of Culture Adoption of the EC Recommandation Digitisation and Online Accessibility of Cultural Material, and Digital Preservation: to build the European Digital Library, two are the main building blocks: CENL and the service The European Library that provides access to the national libraries collections across Europe MICHAEL and the European portal of the digital collections

24 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 24 The European Digital Library aims to involve all Cultural Heritage sectors and the largest number of institutions (national and local, large and small). MICHAEL can be the catalogue of the European Digital Library. MICHAEL contribution to the European Digital Library

25 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 25 MICHAEL contribution to the European Digital Library Catalogue of the digital collections, Europe- wide, covering all the cultural sector Successful cooperative approach and working methods Network of thousands of European cultural institutions MICHAEL AISBL: organisational and legal structure (detailed presentation by Christophe Dessaux).

26 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 26 European Digital Library Collections Items MICHAELTEL Diagram developed at TEL / MICHAEL meeting, Frankfurt, March 2006 National Library collections National LibrariesNational & Regional Museums, Audio-Visual, Archives and Libraries MICHAEL and the European Digital Library

27 Vilnius, 4/10/2007Michael / Michael Plus Page 27 Thank you for your attention


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