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Quality, Accessibility and Usability



Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz (SPK), supported by MKCR, UH.HUL, CL, MKRS, BMBWK, HMC and UoP

In short

  • It is aimed to work on quality of cultural websites.
  • It will exploit the work done in Minerva, and it will possibly complement these products with new publications and monitor relevant guidelines and promote best practice related to websites.
  • The main target are the small institutions.
  • It will organise “interactive” events, to assess websites and to grow the awareness of quality and accessibility of websites among the cultural institutions.


The main objectives are:

  • to foster the usability of European cultural heritage digital offers by analysing and promoting tools for multilinguality to be used in these offers and to be applied in search routines;
  • to support small cultural heritage institutions in increasing the accessibility to their digital cultural heritage by sharing practises and techniques within the wider community and interested public;
  • to motivate cultural heritage institutions which are still reluctant to make their already existing digital content available within the European digital library;
  • to contribute to the mutual alignment of metadata sets and metadata use in the cultural heritage sector in order to improve quality, accessibility and usability;
  • to support guidelines and measurement tools that assist in the maintenance and raising the quality of cultural heritage applications;
  • to contribute to the organisation of tutorials to make users aware of open source software tools that assist in improving the quality, accessibility and usability of digital cultural heritage offers.

Description of the work

The activities concerning accessibility, quality and usability of digital cultural heritage will be carried out throughout the entire project. It builds on, and continues, the activities of the Member States within Minerva/MinervaPLUS, thus guaranteeing the sustainability and further development of those results such as the 10 quality principles for cultural websites.

The WP will:

  • monitor and use the tools already available on the market or under development within the technical community supporting the cultural sector;
  • identify practises and techniques developed by actors in the digital cultural heritage scene aiming at quality, accessibility and usability;
  • develop recommendations for institutions dealing with development of cultural web sites for bringing together relevant actors and strengthen the spirit of cooperation and of working towards the common goal of a joint digital European library;
  • support the development and use of harmonised metadata sets in the cultural heritage community, including the support for standards in this area;
  • organise one eLearning tutorial, to facilitate the use of relevant guidelines and instruments related to the increase of quality, accessibility and usability.

A wide programme of workshops will be implemented (at least one per partner country), where the Minerva Principles for Quality Web Sites will be used to assess case studies proposed by the participants. The same methodology has been used for the workshops run in the frame of other transnational projects (such as the MED-CULT initiatives supported by the UNESCO Information for All Programme that funded the organisation of three workshops respectively in Egypt, Morocco and Jordan). The experience gained in the frame of previous projects will be exploited for the best development of the MinervaEC quality workshops that will be mainly targeted to the small cultural institutions in Europe.

The localisation of the workshops will be spread as much as possible through Europe, in order to make easier the participation of the small cultural institutions from the different countries and regions.
Relevant guidelines will be documented and discussed with related ongoing projects in order to widen their acceptance in Europe’s cultural institutions. Results will be presented at conferences and promoted through publications.






Quality, accessibility, usability

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