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MINERVA EC project newsletter

January 2007, n.12
edited by the Minerva Editorial Board

We are sending you the twelfth issue of the newsletter and we thank you in advance for your attention. Please, send us any suggestions writing to minerva2@beniculturali.it.

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MINERVA EC, MInisterial NEtwoRk for Valorising Activities in digitisation, eContentplus

Starting from October 2006 MINERVA Project is enlarged to MINERVA EC, MInisterial NEtwoRk for Valorising Activities in digitisation, eContentplus - Supporting the European Digital Library.

MINERVA EC is a Thematic Network in the area of cultural, scientific information and scholarly content. The Consortium brings together stakeholders and experts from all over Europe, capitalising the results achieved by the previous MINERVA project, and supporting the European Commission initiative “i2010 – A European Information Society for growth and employment” as well as the Dynamic Action Plan launched in Bristol in November 2005 by the European Union Member States.

MINERVA EC will operate through the coordination of national policies, programmes and institutions of the cultural sector, and by supporting the process towards the creation of the European digital library, as described in the conclusions of the Council of the Ministries on the Recommendation of the European Commission on the Digital Libraries.

The following tasks will be implemented:
- Coordinating activities of Member States, to monitor new developments and trends, to facilitate and to encourage the use of existing standards, to promote best practices, to identify solutions to legal issues and Digital Rights Management, to provide tutoring and expert support;
- Mobilising stakeholders, by capturing the attention and mobilising the different actors involved in the process of content enrichment;
Stimulating the development of the European Cultural Information Space, by supporting the collection of data and the development of a strong set of indicators and a framework for analysis. An Annual Report will be published, built upon the collected figures, data and statistical analyses;
All information on: http://www.minervaeurope.org


MINERVA EC: establishment of the working groups

Five working groups are established in the frame of the MINERVA EC project, contributing to the implementation of the DAP Action Groups, namely:

  • Assessment and evaluation (WP Leader and co-WP Leader: MLA, UK Heritage Malta)
  • Awareness, dissemination, mobilising stakeholders (WP Leader and co-WP Leader: MiBAC, Italy, National Library, Poland)
  • European Cultural Content Interoperability Framework (WP Leader and co-WP Leader: ICCS-NTUA, Greece; National Library, Spain)
  • Quality, Accessibility and Usability (WP Leader and co-WP Leader: SPK, Germany; MCFB, Belgium)
  • Best practices for content enrichment (WP Leader: Ministry of Culture, France).

The working groups are organised on national and European levels:

  • national experts are appointed to constitute the national working groups
  • the grouping of all the national experts constitute the European groups.

The mechanisms is the same as it was already successfully used for the MINERVA and MINERVA Plus working groups.



A poster on MINERVA EC was presented at the poster session of the MICHAEL International Conference (Rome, 4-5 December 2006).



MICHAEL: Explore the European digital cultural heritage

The MICHAEL European Portal is now accessible online. Through the multilingual MICHAEL service you can find and explore digital collections from museums, archives, libraries and other cultural institutions from across France, Italy and the United Kingdom. Whether you are interested in art or archaeology, family history or planning holidays, the Romans or modern History, MICHAEL can show you what is available. Explore it: http://www.michael-culture.org
To know more about the project: http://www.michael-culture.eu
Last 4th-5th December 2006 the international Conference, "Museums, libraries and archives online took place in Rome. The following documentation is available online:

  • Programme, abstract, PPT presentations and MP3 recordings:

  • Poster session online:

  • Video online

  • Image Gallery


MEDCULT project: MINERVA reaches also Jordan

Last 12-13 December, the workshop "Culture for web, Web for culture (http://www.medcult.org/events/amman06121213.html) was held in Amman at the Department of Antiquities. During this event the Arabic paper edition of the postcard and the handbook Quality Principles for cultural Web sites has been distributed.


Digitisation and Online Accessibility of Cultural Material

The Council conclusions on the Digitisation and Online Accessibility of Cultural Material, and Digital Preservation were published in the Official Journal of the EU C 297, p. 1 of 7 December 2006 (all official languages available).




Berlin, 21-23 February 2007

Europe's Cultural and Scientific Heritage in a digital World
Portals and Networks, Standards and Diversity

During this event the NRG meeting will take place. The event is supported by the MINERVA EC project



Handbook on Cost Reduction in Digitisation. MINERVA Plus Project, 2006.

Online version:

Minerva project Secretariat
Ministero per i Beni e le Attivitą Culturali
c/o Biblioteca di Storia Moderna e Contemporanea
Via Michelangelo Caetani, 32
00186 Roma, Italy
Tel. 06 68281768, fax 06 68281770

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