framework Working group
This group (corresponding
to work package WP 2) aims to assure exchange of compatible information
between Member States on programmes and policies and to give visibility
to national activities in order to exchange similar experiences and
skills. An important objective is to promote the adoption of a benchmarking
framework as a key tool for co-ordinating and harmonising national
activities as well as to develop measures to show progress and improvement.
The benchmarking framework, together with the good practices, shall
be an ongoing process starting with Minerva. Building a benchmarking
framework for digitisation within an agreed European common platform
with recommendations and guidelines about digitisation, metadata,
long-term accessibility and preservation. Benefits for the participants
on all levels should be taken into account from the start. Ministry,
national and institutional aspects as well as competence in different
fields are important issues. Cooperation with the WPs concerning good
practices and Competence Centres, discovery of digitised content and
multilingualism issues, user needs, website quality and the former
eEurope benchmarking workgroup is essential for content expertise
of the benchmarking questionnaire and the testing of the framework.
Focus has to be on pull factors and not on push factors Benchmarking,
best practices, guidelines, standards, benchmarking - are activities
that form a wheel which has to be rolling on by its own force. The
structure of the public (state) administration differs from many other
countries in Europe. Ministries are relatively small and normally
only handling matters of general nature, not single cases. Central
agencies are independent and responsible for the practical work in
public (state) administration.
The work starts
with defining a baseline profile for programmes and policies, based
on existing questionnaires and benchmark exercises already set-up
by different Member States and by the European Commission. As a next
step this WP will identify a first set of qualitative and quantitative
criteria taking in respect interoperability, multilingualism, availability,
and accessibility to the final user. A model for a benchmarking framework
will then be defined and refined, and proposed for agreement and adoption.
A set of core indicators for benchmarking digitisation in Europe will
be identified and developed, and methodologies defined for collecting
data from Member States.
WP2 also needs to support the creation of an infrastructure to co-ordinate
future benchmarking activities. Member States will be provided with
data about the baseline profile which are meant to be put on their
national Web sites.
The final aim is the development of recommendations to promote the
application of a common benchmarking framework at European level.
and expected result
(starting from month 6) A baseline profile of programmes and policies
First set of qualitative and quantitative criteria Model of benchmarking
framework Set of core indicators for benchmarking Information and
data to be put on national web sites Routines and mechanisms to assure
future mounting and continuous updating of data on national web sites
Web site and communication tools for the working group Guidelines
Organisation of five meetings of the working group.
of the benchmarking framework
Work already undertaken
by the eEurope experts workgroup for benchmarking digitisation of
cultural and scientific content. Needs of memory organisations, Member
States and other relevant actors (both bottom up and top down approach).
on activities in Member States and other countries involved available
on the Web. Development of a common benchmarking framework: methodology
and indicators. Promoting coordination of digitisation policies between
Member States and other participating countries, and at a European