Semester of Presidency of the European Union
CONFERENCE OF MINERVA
Quality in cultural Web sites
Online Cultural Heritage for Research, Education
and Cultural Tourism Communities
Parma, 20-21 November 2003, Auditorium Paganini
intends to debate the main themes connected to the aspects of the
online accessibility of cultural heritage to facilitate its access
to a wider public all over the world, and to promote the development
and valorisation of cultural tourism services. This is one of the
main issues managed by the Minerva Project.
I session: Accessibility and communication: principles and good
will focus on quality, accessibility and usability of cultural Web
sites for every kind of user. Year 2003 is the International Year
for Disabled People: the conference will also tackle the aspects
concerned with this cathegory of users.
The relation between cultural institutions and Web, considering different kinds
of users and their needs, will be analysed. Several experiences,
considered as best practices in the field, will be presented.
II session: Handbook for quality in cultural Web sites
The focus is
on quality of digital contents and tools to access them, with a
special attention to Web sites. Quality issues will be analysed
with respect to the expectations of the users, at research, education,
and tourism level.The Guidelines concerning the quality of cultural
Web sites, with rules and criteria for its development, indicators
and methodologies to measure it, will be presented in this occasion.
These set of guides can be very useful both for people implementing
Web sites and the users, public institutions and private companies.
The results achieved by the Minerva project will be presented: being
the results of a transnational cooperation, the guidelines proposed
by Minerva will have a European dimension.
IPR, copyright and data protection
A special attention
will be paid to legal aspects, copyright in the digital world and
data protection. The identification of defined rules to be applied
is the first priority to promote online accessibility to cultural
heritage. This is a major problem, common to all European countries,
whose solution is directly connected to the organisation on online
Round table on prospects for the future
The most important
international institutions and organizations, representing archives,
libraries and museums, will be called to discuss the main themes
of the Conference, in particular future perspectives.