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Best practices for content enrichment



Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (MCC), supported by BNE, AJPI, NKOM, MCSG, Riksarkivet, PNL, ICIMISS, MKSK and Dédale

In short

  • It is aimed to work on identification, analysis and promotion of best practices.
  • Analysis and promotion of best practices will follow a common methodology to be defined as part of the work of WP6. In general, the best practices will be related to the enrichment of content, but in particular, the enrichment can refer to several different topics, namely.
  • Best practices in standards and interoperability, exploitability, financing, impact and deployment.


Work package 6 intends to provide highest visibility at European level on the best practices in the field of content enrichment as well as in the field of innovative services. These activities will contribute to the construction of a European common knowledge space and contribute to the construction of the European Digital Library

Workpackage 6 strategic objectives are to:

  • develop a shared vision of this European cultural content;
  • build a European content charter and road-map for digitisation projects;
  • analyse the possibilities and conditions for the creation of added value products and services;
  • develop and share user-needs analyses for cultural content and services;
  • identify and promote the best practices for content enrichment, innovative services, pilot operations and competence centres.

The analysis will mainly deal with heritage cultural resources; however a special focus will be done on new cultural contents (such as digital art, new images, music, virtual community…). 

A focus will be made on content enrichment initiatives, in other projects supported by the European Commission within the eContentplus Programme, as well as with other national and Trans-national initiatives.

Description of the work

The following activities will be carried out :

1.     Identifying existing cultural digitised content and contributing to the development of a road-map for the European Common Information Space

  • Building an organised “content map” which gives a vision by themes, domains, uses and users groups
  • Developing a road-map for content enrichment

This will be done through a detailed analysis of the current situation and trends in the partners countries and the direct involvement of the partner Ministries and Agencies of Culture to agree on the common framework.

This activity will provide a large view of cultural digital resources available for valorisation in such various domains as tourism, education (formal, informal and non formal), media or industry, but it will also give a charter for content priorities in digitisation projects, in order to provide an content oriented European Knowledge Space.

2.     Identifying the needs, the emerging uses, and the opportunities provided by ICT in term of new services and digital cultural content valorisation:

  • Identify the gaps in content provision and emerging digitisation needs at European level
  • Identify new uses (in particular young public) and point out specific needs of public such as excluded or disabled people
  • Analyse the specific cognitive learning mechanism to identify efficient approaches to enrich the content and imagine new services which exploit as best as possible the potentialities of ICT
  • Identify the available tools and technologies for content enrichment (on the liaison with work done in the Digicult IST project)
  • Analyse the business model for the new services

3.     Identifying pilot actions, collecting good practices and identifying competence centres in the field of content enrichment:

  • Assessment of pilot projects
  • Analysis of representative content enrichment projects (enrichment methods, new uses, new applications…)
  • Inventory of competence centres
  • Synthesis of different approaches and identification of best practices and innovative services
  • Prospective on new contents, new uses, new needs, new services.

The analysis will focus on innovative services and innovative practices from the point of view of different users groups. The work will focus on the liaison with existing European initiatives, such as the ones supported in IST or eContentplus programmes. Test-beds will be organised in different participating countries.

4.     Diffusion and dissemination:

  • Disseminating the “road-map for content enrichment” to allow its incorporation into priority-setting within national digitisation initiatives; proposal for assessment guidelines
  • Diffusion of recommendations and dissemination of the best practices for content enrichment and the most innovative services : publications, guidelines, workshops

This will be done through the organisation of 1 seminar per country and the publication of information materials in the different partner languages.

WP6 will focus its activities on existing and emerging users’ needs at European level and will include multilingual approaches. It will mainly base its activities on surveys and researches, online questionnaires or with interviews, by experts or stakeholders meetings, etc., in order to identify, assess, promote best practices and eventually generate new best practices, within a cyclic approach: identification -> assessment -> promotion.
One of the most innovative tools designed by MinervaEC is the new function assumed by the Annual Report on digitisation activities, intended to become a Strategic Decision Support Tool, rich of figures, data and statistics, in order to really provide all the information and tools to public decision makers involved in management of digital repositories with cultural, scientific and scholarly content. On the basis of these data, MinervaEC will be able to create a European Scoreboard for the Digitisation of the Cultural Heritage- The Scoreboard is intended as a strategic tool to raise the interest of mass media and specific interest groups, identifying similarities and differences among Member States, without the objective of making lists of most and less advanced countries, but with the purpose to support all the actors in understanding their position in the sector.






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