Devoted to European cultural heritage valorisation, Michael Culture Association gathers a strong network of more than 100 public and private organizations from all over Europe. Key actor in the promotion and valorization of the digital cultural content, Michael Culture develops tools and services for cultural institutions and the general public. Linked to other major European cultural heritage networks and projects such as Europeana, Europe's Digital Library, Michael Culture Association supports European and national cultural policies. It also aims at enhancing the network of European professionals working on digital cultural heritage, through the actions towards the Minerva Network.

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Michael Culture Home Michael Portal

Through the multilingual MICHAEL service, people are able to find and explore European digital cultural heritage material using the Internet. The MICHAEL service provides access to digital collections from museums, libraries and archives.

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Discover the Athena Plus creative tools : 

  • MOVIO : To create virtual exhibitions
  • SchoolTrip : To create your own scholar journey
  • CityQuest : To create a quest online and publish it to a mobile app
  • eCultureMap : Global geographical interactive knowledge map
  • Urban Explore : Mobile app for touristic and cultural enriched tours

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Athena Plus International Conference : "GLAMs going digital ! Multilingualism, Creativity, Reuse " 
20 & 21.10.2015, Roma (Simultaneous translation (EN/IT)

Final event of the European project AthenaPlus, coordinated by the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries, which sees the participation of forty partners from 20 European Member States. During the event, the main results of this project were presented, as well as tools and opportunities for cultural institutions in the field of multilingualism, creativity, reuse.

In cooperation with National Library of Roma


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 MICHAEL CULTURE WORKSHOP "Cultural institutions towards Europeana: opportunities, licenses and IPR issues" , 09.10.2015, Bologna

This workshop, organized within the Europeana DSI project, aimed at invite museums to join Europeana through the MUSEU aggregator, managed by the European Association MICHAEL Culture.

NEMO presented on this occasion his report "Survey on Museums and Copyright" published in August, 2015

Workshop organized In cooperation with  Istituto per i beni artistici e culturali della Regione Emilia-Romagna and the AthenaPlus Project
Within / Nell’ambito di Europeana DSI Project

Agenda : download
Presentations : R.Caffo , A.Zucchini ,  de Robbio , M.Piccininno , C.Salmini 

Nemo report : "Survey on Museums and Copyright" 



Digital storytelling and cultural heritage: stakes and opportunities
edited by AthenaPlus WP5 “Creative applications for the reuse of cultural resources”
texts by Julien Brouillard & Claire Loucopoulos, Dédale (France), Barbara Dierickx, Packed (Belgium)

What is digital storytelling? What tools, devices and services are available? What are the recommendations and technical guidelines for GLAMs wanting to carry out digital storytelling projects? The aim of this publication is to inform cultural institutions on stakes and opportunities given by digital storytelling and answer to their doubts.


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Metadata for the description of digital exhibitions: the DEMES Element Set
Version 0.9 (August 2015)

Edited by AthenaPlus Digital Exhibitions Working Grouptexts by Giuliana De Francesco (MIBACT), Arlene Peukert (SPK), Stefan Rohde-Enslin (SPK), Werner Schweibenz (BSZ)

A set of 30 descriptive elements specific to digital exhibitions, grouped into seven semantic sections based on existing standards.the seven sections, including the elements, are packaged together in a wrapper called Digital Exhibition Metadata Elements Set (DEMES).


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Implementing LIDO
text by Gordon McKenna (Collections Trust), Regine Stein (Bildarchiv Foto Marburg)

A methodology for implementing LIDO (Lightweight Information Describing Objects), and in doing so give help and advice to potential and new users of lido seeking to employ it.


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Athena Plus - MCA Workshop, Barcelona, 03 July 2015

Partners gathered  for Plenary meeting in Barcelona, in Palau Moja building.
On the occasion of AthenaPlus meeting in Barcelona, Michael Culture Association organized an open workshop: "Digital storytelling & Cultural Heritage for cultural mediation, Education & Tourism".
New technologies are a major opportunity for cultural heritage to pass from digitization and aggregation of content to the editorialisation of this content. Digital storytelling offers great opportunities for innovation, participation, inclusion, new economical models in the fields of Education, Cultural mediation and Tourism This workshop focused on those specific roles of DCH, in perspective with European strategy, thanks to European projects, creative tools developed under Athena Plus and a debate on European perspectives.

Program : download 

Report of the debate : download

View videos : Vimeo

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Michael Culture and NEMO start partnership

The aim of the cooperation is to strengthen the European museum sector by joining forces in the field of heritage and museum promotion, digitization and valorisation of cultural heritage, research and science.

NEMO, the Network of European Museum Organisations, is an independent network of national museum organisations representing the museum community of the member states of the Council of Europe. Together, NEMO's members speak for over 30.000 museums across Europe. NEMO ensures museums are an integral part of European life by promoting their work and value to policy makers and by providing museums with information, networking and opportunities for co-operation.

NEMO and Michael Culture share many common goals in the field of heritage and museums. The two organizations intend to develop a long term collaboration which includes promoting and complementing each other’s activities and sounding opportunities to develop joint projects in the future. 

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Michael Culture : Open Board meeting, 02.07.2015

On going activities, new projects  as well as perspectives were presented during the last Open Board Meeting on 2d July in Barcelona.
To note, the presentation reof the new project Europeana DSI of which MCA is partner, and the partnership with the Network of European Museum organisations - NEMO.

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europeana dsi

Europeana Digital Service Infrastructure (DSI) - 2015-2016

Michael Culture is full partner in the Europeana DSI project, as the aggregator for museums 

Europeana is developing the Europeana Digital Service Infrastructure (DSI). DSIs are composed of ‘core service platforms’ which enable trans-European connectivity and interoperability, and related ‘generic services’ which link national and sectorial infrastructures to the platforms. Under funding from the Connecting Europe Facility, Europeana will develop into a widely recognised platform of services and resources, not only for metadata references, but also for access to cultural content, tools and technologies, projects and other services.

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Funded by the Connecting Europe Facility



The DCH-RP Roadmap makes it possible for each cultural heritage institution to define its own practical action plan with a realistic timeframe for the implementation of its stages.

A short-term action plan is proposed by the DCH-RP project in order to initiate the development of a preservation services infrastructure on a level that will be self-sustainable and continue to progress on its own. Beyond the duration of the project itself, the Roadmap identifies two further planning periods: medium-term (approximately two years after the end of DCH-RP) and long-term for the logical continuation of the DCH-RP work into the future.

Download the handbook here.


Published AthenaPlus D7.2 Analysis, scenarios use cases, opportunities of innovative services for DCH, and future development

This deliverable coordinated by Michael Culture association was produced following the open workshop on Digital Storytelling for mediation and valorisation of cultural heritage, held in Berlin on the 9 of October 2013. It aims at exploring concrete opportunities of Digital storytelling for the valorisation of digital cultural heritage content. Digital storytelling offers great opportunities for Digital Cultural Heritage, enabling the valorisation of cultural heritage and the development of new approaches and mediation tools for the audience, favouring thus new forms of relationship with the audience, more interactive and participatory, before, during and after the visit. It has a great relevance in particular in the fields of education, cultural mediation and tourism, and gives the opportunity to ensure cultural content attractiveness through the creation of innovative digital cultural services, based on rich and edited contents. Thus, this deliverable tackles the issues of how to exploit ICT narrative potential for cultural heritage mediation projects, how to make Digital storytelling tools efficient for a DCH valorisation and mediation project, how to create connected, multimedia and interactive narratives? It also highlights the Digital storytelling potential for the transmission of knowledge, experience and information sharing.

Documents to download

D7.2 Analysis, scenarios use cases, opportunities of innovative services for DCH, and future development

Workshop digital storytelling


Berlin, 9 October 2013, 9:30 – 13:00

New technologies have opened new perspectives, ways and practices of telling stories. Digital storytelling exploits the potential offered by digital tools for editing and disseminating contents, to create an enriched narrative process thanks to multimedia cultural resources. This is a major opportunity for cultural heritage to pass from digitization and aggregation of content to the editorialisation of this content, and thus for cultural institutions to make their content more attractive for the public, providing new experiences and ways for engaging with new audiences. It offers great outlooks in the fields of education, tourism, cultural mediation.

This workshop is the occasion to present the study on the state of the art of digital storytelling for mediation and valorisation of cultural heritage, and to present relevant tools, projects and services for users.

This workshop is organised in the framework of the Athena+ project. 

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Michael Culture Head Wiki Athena

This Wiki has been developped in the framework of the Athena project (eContent Plus program), workpackage 4 and is now used within the Linked Heritage project (ICT-PSP program), workpackage 3. Linked Heritage is a Best Practice network within the ICT-PSP funding Program. Enhancing the aggregation of new content and its retrievability through Europeana are the main objectives of this project.

This Wiki aims in priority at people working in European museums, experts or non-experts in Information Engineering and/or Linguistics, who have an interest on terminology and multilingualism or just want to have a general information on that topic.

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SCENT is a toolset for creating and managing your terminologies in SKOS format. SCENT has been developed within the eContentPlus AthenaPlus Project.



The DCH-RP e-Culture Science Gateway (eCSG) is a standard-based web 2.0 demonstrative platform to show the Proofs of Concepts (PoCs) identified by the DCH-RP project and how they fit with the requirements defined in the Roadmap.

If you do not yet have an account, find here the instructions to register and sign in. Otherwise, click on "Proofs of Concept" in the left frame to browse the repositories available and start browsing them. If, instead, you are interested in the e-Culture Science Gateway mobile apps, click on "Mobile Applications".

Data accessible through the eCSG, both this web-based one and the mobile app, are stored on the European Grid Infrastructure and are accessible through the pan-European GEANT network and the National Research & Education Networks.

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