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Coordination of National Digitisation Policies
Status report for Italy

  1. Actions undertaken - dissemination
    • In 2000 was carried out a feasibility study about the creation of the Italian Digital Library. Considering the large amount of on-going and already achieved projects concerning the digitisation of the cultural heritage, this study focused on the creation of a national directory gathering the collections already digitised. To co-ordinate all these projects in the librarian sector was created a National Committee and
    • in February 2001 was organised in Padova a National Conference to produce operative guidelines.
    • In September 2001 Rossella Caffo was nominated National Representative by the General Secretary of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities
    • The Italian NR is constantly in contact with this National Committee.
    • In October 2001 the NR, in order to widen its function, moves from the Library Department of the Ministry to the General Secretariat to harmonize digitisation projects in all the cultural sectors.
    • In October 2001 a first version of National Policy Profile, only regarding library sector, was published on the web site: http://www.librari.beniculturali.it.
    • At the moment data from all the other sectors of the Ministry as well as from the Regions have been collected. Immediately after Alicante Conference they will be available on the web site of the Ministry: http://www.beniculturali.it. The intention is to constantly update the National Policy Profile.
    • NRG representatives have been in contact with CAC members especially as regards the "Draft Council Resolution" on Preserving tomorrow´s memory - preserving digital content for future generations´.
    • On 15th April the Italian co-ordinator of MINERVA organized in Rome the Project Kick-off Meeting.
    • Since the MINERVA Project started, have been given the following presentation of MINERVA Project:
      • 18th April: Italian Cultural Week round table about "Technologies applied to libraries";
      • 2nd May: EBLIDA Council in Aja, Holland;
      • 10th May: Public Administration Forum.
  2. Institutions involved
    • In March 2002 was created, under the aegis of MINERVA Project, a National Commission to co-ordinate activities about digitisation policies, made up of representatives from all the General Directorates (GD for museums, GD for archaeological heritage, GD for architectural heritage and landscape, GD for architecture and contemporary art, GD for libraries, GD for archives, GD for cinema, GD for performing arts) and Central Institutes of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities (CI for catalogue and documentation, CI for union catalogue of Italian libraries, CI for restoration, CI for restoration of books, National Institute for Printings) and from the Regions (about 15 people): The first meeting of the National Commission was held on the 6th of March: the first point in the agenda was the National Policy Profile.
    • Working Groups on benchmarking, metadata, quality criteria for cultural web sites and preservation are already operative and open to representatives of the Ministries, of Regions, of Universities as well as to experts.
    • In April 2002 contacts have been taken with Danish National representative to plan action in the second half 2002 during the Danish Presidency.
  3. National network development
    • Minerva can facilitate relationships and agreements amongst Member States and membership for European projects.
    • Minerva has to be a reference at national level: national programs have to establish cooperation and relationships with the network in order to reach national and international visibility, and, vice-versa. Administrators and politicians have to be aware that Minerva can add European value to the national programs. To realize this purpose is crucial that institutional function of NRG has been recognized by the Institutions. In fact the role of NRG is to guarantee close relationships between the Ministries or governmental Institutions and the EC.
    • NRG has to be, at European level, the voice of national policies and programs, and has to assure that policies and programs of the EC have a widespread diffusion in every country. NRG has to facilitate the visibility of the national initiatives.
    • Every national representative has to play the role of consultant of own Minister for what concerns the area of Lund principles. In order to achieve this result is necessary to involve a maximum range of Institutions, such as Ministry for Culture, Ministry for Education University and Research, National Institutions for ICT Research, Cultural Institutions. It is also important to reach regions and municipalities, because in Member States usually they have responsibility on local libraries, and museums and they usually undertake and fund projects in the field of digitization.
    • As far as the organizational structure is concerned in every Member States a National Commission has to be nominated, made up of representatives of Ministry for Culture, of Universities, of Regions and so on. Also national working groups, which work in close cooperation at European level throw Minerva network have to be set up, in order to produce technical results.
    • Also professional associations are important actors to involve, because they are a large channel of diffusion towards professionals and local memory institutions.
    • During the EBLIDA Council held the 2nd of May in Aja, Holland, the Italian member of EBLIDA executive committee discussed the opportunity of asking EBLIDA to reach Eastern and Central European Countries because of their close relationships.
    • In April 2002 MINERVA Project has been presented to the following institutions: AIB (Italian Library Associations), projects Erpanet, Cultivate, Delos, Pulman, DLM Forum, Herein.
    • Permanent representatives to the CAC have to work in close cooperation with Minerva.
    • Contacts with Council of Europe, IFLA and Unesco are provided in May 2002.
    • In the first half of June is planned a press conference of the Italian Minister for Cultural Heritage and Activities. 25-29 June 2002: intervention at the international conference in Dobbiaco, Italy, entitled "Strategy for preserving collective memory".
    • 22-28 July 2002: EVA meeting in London
    • 16-18 September 2002: workshop organised by the Delos Project, Rome.
    • October 2002: National Conference of Italian Cultural Institutes, Venice, Italy
    • 15-17 October 2002: Bibliocom Workshop organized by the AIB (Italian Library Associations), Rome.
  4. Problems and suggestions
    • Considering the large amount of the on-going projects undertaken by national and local libraries, museums, archives and universities it is very difficult to collect and organize information about them.
  5. Priorities for future strategy for the NRG
    • 7 June 2002: FP6 - Invitation to Submit Expressions of Interest.
    • MINERVA can:
      • support the NRG in achieving the best results
      • act as a bridge towards the 6th Framework Programme, in particular:
        • in supporting the creation of other thematic networks as for instance a network devoted to the long term preservation of digitized memory;
        • in fostering the elaboration of new European projects such as big integrated projects under the 6th Framework Programme;
      • create a stable network in Europe which can guarantee communication of experiences and good practices and consensus on a common European platform in the area of cultural heritage digitization.

Contact: rcaffo@beniculturali.it



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