September 2004, n.8
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Survey of multilingualism
In the ambit of Minerva
Plus, the subgroup of WP3 Multilingualism and thesaurus, coordinated
by France and Hungary, is charged to collect information on
multilingualism of cultural websites in participant countries.
Cultural sites, public collections (libraries, museums, archives,
ecc.) maintaining a Website are asked to fill in and send back
this online questionnaire.
The proposal of MICHAEL (Multilingual Inventory of Cultural
Heritage in Europe) project, approved in the framework of the
eTen programme, was born on the basis of the joint efforts of
Italy, France and United Kingdom on interoperability and inventories
carried out for MINERVA; it can be considered a MINERVA spin
The project will define a common approach and a model of digital
cultural heritage services that will be applied across the participating
nations. It will establish an international online service,
which will allow its users to search, browse and examine multiple
national cultural portals from a single point of access. This
online service will be actively supported and endorsed by the
national governments and agencies responsible for cultural heritage.
Based on standards and open-source technologies, built upon
an existing platform, flexible and extensible in terms of adding
additional nations to the scope of the resource, it implements
the newly-agreed pan-European standards and guidelines for digital
cultural heritage initiatives, as approved by the National Representatives
The end user will exploit the MICHAEL services to find and explore
European cultural heritage material, which will be accessible,
on a multilingual basis, over the Internet.
The MICHAEL consortium is made up of the ministries of culture
of France, Italy and the United Kingdom, supported by the private
bodies Dedale, AJLSM and Amité for the technological
and administrative aspects.
Ministero per i Beni e le Attivitą Culturali
Via del Collegio
00186 Roma, Italy
Tel. 06 6723494, fax 06 6723499