Michael Culture Association network is built on crossed partnership circles, to guaranty a large geographical coverage, ease decision-making and governance.
MCA network bridges authorities' representatives and structures from all cultural heritage fields and opens to contemporary creation, cinema, performing arts. Structures are of various natures (museums, archives including audiovisual, libraries, art centres, creatives industries), statutes - public and private - and levels - local, regional and national.
Rossella Caffo, President
Institution: ICCU Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali
Expert for European projects at Italian Ministry of Culture - General Secretary. Former Director of ICCU, the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries. From 2001 the Italian representative to the European National Representatives Group on Digitisation, and from 2007 to the Member States Expert Group on Digitisation & Digital Preservation set up by the European Commission. She coordinated the following EU projects: Athena, Linked Heritage, AthenaPlus; DC-NET; Indicate, DCH-RP; Michael; MichaelPlus, MINERVA.
As President of Michael Culture, she is a member of the Executive Committee of the EDL Foundation.
Monika Hagedorn-Saupe, Vice-President
Institution: Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (SPK)
Since 1985, she has been staff member of the Institut für Museumsforschung (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz), overseeing the annual visitor statistics of all German museums. Since 1994, she has been Head of the department "Visitorrelated museum research and museum statistics", is responsible for several European projects and acts as the Deputy Director of the Institute. Since 2007 she is a member of the Board of the German Museum Association, since 1997 she chairs the Special Interest Group on Documentation (Fachgruppe Dokumentation) in the German Museum Association (Deutscher Museumsbund e.V.) and is Secretary of CIDOC, the documentation committee in ICOM. In 2001, she was nominated from the German Federal government to participate in the European NRG (National Representatives Group on Digitisation in Culture) and is now a member in the MSEG. She is Professor in museology at the University of Applied Sciences HTW in Berlin/Germany, and teaches terminology in museums in Krems/Austria.
Stéphane Cagnot is the Director of the French Agency Dedale dedicated to culture, technologies and social innovation. He worked for the French Ministry of Culture from 1995 to 2002, where he implemented the cultural policy for new technologies and information society in the Ile de France region. He is also the director of the international digital art festival “Emergences” and of the SmartCity project (urban innovation lab). As a consultant, he is involved in various programmes and actions led by the European Commission among others E-learning (DG Education and Culture), E-Content Plus and E-TEN (DG Information Society), ERANET (DG Research and Innovation). In 2004 he coordinated for the European Commission a large study on "cultural institutions as new learning environments" and the role of ICT.
Pier-Giacomo Sola, Administrator
Institution: Expert for European projects
Since 1988 he has been working in several national and European projects in the field of Information technology for education, training and culture, and worked as an expert in several European Committees in this area. He has managed/contributed to over 100 research projects and studies in culture and education, for the European Commission and EU-funded programs (Erasmusplus and Lifelong learning, European Regional Development Fund, Framework Programmes, etc.), national and regional government bodies, cultural heritage institutions, foundations, associations, and private clients.
Maria Sliwinska, Administrator
Institution: Stowarzyszenie Miedzynarodowe Centrum Zarzàdzania Informacjà
She is ICIMSS director with expertise in library and information science, teaching, editing experience. Holds a PhD in bibliology. Participation in a dozen of EC projects. She was a member of the Library Council serving the Ministry of Culture, and in 2005 represented the Minister of Culture at the MINERVA project Board. In 1999 - 2001 she served as the ICT Stories Project jury member. In 1993-1999 she was the Deputy Director of the Nicholas Copernicus University Library in Torun responsible for its computerisation and modernisation. At present she is an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Politics and International Studies where she teaches at journalism studies, and cultural studies at the other department. She is a member of Europeana Dissemination Group.
Institution: Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - Département des Programmes Numériques
Department for Digital Innovation (DIN). Naomi Peres is the chief of the DIN. She was the principal private secretary of the general secretary (Sécrétaire général) in the Ministry of Culture and Communication. She has been working for the general secretary for Modernisation of the Public Action. She has a strong background and experience in leading cross-domain projects and coordinating and animating national public policies. Within the DIN, Naomi Peres has set the strategic orientations regarding the digital topics and define a new policy for digitisation and innovative services for digital content.
Institution: Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication - Département des Programmes Numériques
Marie-Véronique Leroi is a project manager. She has a background in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and works at the Secretariat General, in the Coordination Service of Cultural Policies and Innovation (SCPCI) of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, France, in the Department for Digital Innovation (DIN).
Marie-Véronique Leroi is responsible for the French national Instance of the MICHAEL project, 'Patrimoine Numérique' and has been leading Workpackages dedicated to terminologies and multilingualism in the following European projects : Athena, Linked Heritage, and AthenaPlus. Within these projects, she has contributed to the development of SCENT for GLAM, a technical platform for the management of terminologies in the perspective of the Semantic Web for institutions from the GLAM sector. She took a part in the national working groups for the Web 3.0 and iscoordinating the specific actions and developments that resulted from the Web 3.0 Roadmap for cultural metadata.
Institution: Hellenic Ministry of Culture
The Hellenic Ministry of Culture & Tourism is responsible for monitoring and funding cultural developments in Greece. HMC has funded numerous projects of cultural institutions, focusing on digitisation of cultural content, providing access to the digitised content and promoting digital culture worldwide. In the same framework, a large scale digitisation programme of significant content from the Ministry’s archaeological museums has been completed.
The Directorate of Informatics and Telecommunications participated in the eTen MICHAEL Plus project, currently operating and enriching the national MICHAEL instance. The HMC is working towards a national aggregator for unified access to the Hellenic cultural content. It is also a partner in the ERA-NET DC-NET project.
The Moravian Museum, the second biggest and oldest museum in the Czech Republic is a state-funded organization of the Ministry of culture of the Czech Republic. The museum's collections include over 6 millions objects, representing a valuable scientific material from the fields of literature, music and theatre, geology, mineralogy, botany, zoology and entomology. The Moravian Museum is a research oriented institution; its main task is to carry out the basic and applied research, to disseminate its results by the means of teaching, publications or technology transfer in the frame of the museum activities.
Institution: State agency "Culture Information Systems"
The Agency is supervised by the Ministry of Culture of Latvia. Its objectives are to ensure the access of society to information resources and cultural values in libraries, archives and museums, and to establish an integrated computerized information network. According to the State cultural policy guidelines the Agency developed a new strategy “Guidelines for unified information system for cultural heritage and memory institutions 2005 – 2012”, to implement the Lisbon strategy, which supposes to make the EU economy the most competitive and dynamic in the world. In the agency’s regulations it is stated that one of its objectives is to implement state and international projects and programs. There are three very important projects financed by EU Structure Funds and the state budget: State Integrated Library Information System, National Museum Union Catalogue, State Archives Unified Information System.
The CL-BAS provides information services for the researchers of BAS and the country and participates in information, computer and other networks and systems of national and international agreements and projects. It gathers processes and provides information about science in Bulgaria for national and international institutions. The CL-BAS carries out research, publishing and implementation activities in the field of library science, special bibliography, and library sociology, library and information technologies.
The CL-BAS takes part in several international projects such as International Centre for Information Management Systems and Services. The CL-BAS gets involved in bilateral contracts with the British Library and the Russian Academy of Sciences Library in St.Peterburg.
The technical support and service inventory of the Generalitat de Catalunya pursues the following activities:
- Develop and carry out maintenance of the Catalan Cultural Heritage Inventory, in coordination with other units of the Department.
- Coordinate information systems and manage databases maintenance that form the Catalan Cultural Heritage Inventory.
- Design and organize the collection, organization and methods of access to library collections of the Department.
- Analyze the use of international norms and standards for accessibility and quality of data and apply them to data sources, digital products and services of the Department.
- Coordinate the functioning of the library of the Department.
- Systematic knowledge transfer in areas of interest for the Department to ensure adequate public dissemination of cultural heritage.
Within the Estonian Government, the Ministry of Culture is responsible for organising and coordinating state cultural policy. The task of the Ministry of Culture is to make sure that necessary and favourable conditions, both legislative and financial, are created for the functioning of culture, heritage and sports from the culture professionals’ as well as the general public’s point of view.
The mission of the Ministry of Culture is to support the maintaining of the Estonian national identity by valuing, preserving, developing, acknowledging and promoting Estonian fine arts, cultural heritage and sports in Estonia and abroad, supporting both professional and amateur activities in creativity and sport.
The Museum of Art and Crafts in Zagreb is one of the earliest museums of its kind in Europe. It was established in 1880 as a result of an initiative by the Art Society and in particular by its then director Izidor Kršnjavi. The basic aim was to preserve the traditional values of national crafts, and at the same time to provide new cultural standards for the rising middle-class. To help achieve these goals in 1882 a craft school was opened alongside the Museum. This school has developed into today's School of Applied Arts and Design. The Museum is one of Croatia’s fundamental national cultural institutions. It consistently documents the material culture of past life in castles, manors and mansions, a mirror of the practical everyday life of the Croatian nobility and middle class over many centuries. MUO has the largest and richest holdings in Croatia of pure and applied art from the fourteenth to the twentieth century. These include collections of: furniture, ceramics, glass, metalwork, textiles and fashion accessories, painting, prints, sculpture, photographs and photographic accessories, clocks and watches, musical instruments, graphics and industrial design, architecture, ivories, printing and book binding, painted and printed leather, and devotional items. In total over 100,000 items are cared for by the museum. The Museum of Arts and Crafts has participated in EU projects Partage Plus and AthenaPlus.
As an independent insituion the Petőfi Literary Museum(PIM) was founded in 1954 with the aim of collecting and preserving records of Hungarian literature. We work hard so that the writers' and poets' legacies, correspondence, libraries, sound and video recordings, photographs, furniture, personal belongings, the documents of the editorial offices of literary periodicals and publishing houses – that is, the representatives of Hungarian literature both within and beyond the borders – should become part of our collection. PIM registers 551775 objects in CMS. 15401 of 551775 objects have digital representation. PIM has contributed 94573 records to Europeana. We are looking forward to participate in further DCH related projects. DCH activities : Virtual Exhibitions Data management and publication via CMS (Qulto) to Europeana Terminology management (PIM namespace) Digital philology .
Further info : http://pim.hu//kepek/upload/2014-07/PIM%20DCH%20projects.pdf
Non-for profit partnership Association for Documentation and Technologies in museums (ADIT) is a network of experts in museum documentation and technologies. Started in 2003 ADIT organises an annual conference, each year in another city of Russia. In 2014 the 17th conference was held in Vyborg (Leningrad region). From 2010 ADIT organises ADIT-school for museum specialists from the region where the annual conference is held. ADIT takes part in other IT&Museum events in Russia and internationally, initiates and manages projects.
The Cyprus Institute operates under the aegis of the Cyprus Research and Educational Foundation (CREF), which is governed by a Board of Trustees, comprised of leading personalities of the international academic, political and business world; it is currently chaired by Professor Edouard Brézin, former president of the French Academy of Sciences and Professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure. The Science and Technology in Archaeology Research Center (STARC), one of the three operating research centers at CyI is developed in partnership with the Centre de recherche et de restauration des musées de France (C2RMF), headquartered in the Louvre. It is devoted to the development, introduction and use of advanced science and technologies in the field of archaeology, cultural heritage and history of the region. Since 2008, the Digital Cultural Heritage group has been developing its research activities in two convergent fields: 3D approaches to the study of the past and knowledge repositories. As such, it has participated in several EU funded initiatives, such as 3DCOFORM, CARARE, V-MUST, 3D-ICONS, EAGLE and ARIADNE.
Institution: Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA)
The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) is a federal scientific institute responsible for the documentation, study and conservation-restoration of the cultural and artistic heritage of our country. Art historians, photographers, chemists, archaeologists, engineers and conservator-restorers carry out interdisciplinary research on the materials and techniques used in works of art and cultural artefacts and on the materials and methods used in conservation-restoration. KIK-IRPA is a unique resource for scientific, photographic and technical documentation of the cultural heritage of the country.
Institution: PACKED vzw - Expertisecentrum Digitaal Erfgoed
Country : Belgium
As a center of expertise in digital heritage, PACKED vzw is focussed on ICT processes relating to the creation, cataloguing, storage, preservation, distribution, exchange and re-use of digital cultural heritage. We aim to improve and guard the quality and efficiency of actions in regard to digitization and digital archiving within the broader field of cultural heritage by developing expertise and spreading it, coordinating the cooperation with and between different agents within the cultural heritage field, aligning activities with agents in other fields, encouraging standardisation and innovation, and providing support.
Institution: Openbaar Kunstbezit in Vlaanderen (OKV)
OKV is a non-profit organisation that publishes a bi-monthly magazine about museum and heritage collections in Flanders and Brussels. This happens since 1963. OKV also manages the Flemish museumsite with a lot of information about all the Flemish and Brussels Museums.
Institution: Institute of Cοmputer & Communication Systems – National Τechnical University of Athens (ICCS-NTUA)
The Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (ICCS) is a non profit Academic Research Body established in 1989 by the Hellenic Ministry of Education in order to carry research and development activities in the fields of all diverse aspects of telecommunications , computer systems and techniques and their application in a variety of areas. ICCS is associated with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (SECE) of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). The Image, Video and Intelligent Multimedia Systems Lab (IVML, www.image.ntua,gr) is one of the Laboratories of ICCS and SECE of NTUA. The members of the Lab (which are about 35, including research scientists, researchers, Ph.D students, programmers, and supporting staff) are active members of the research community having published more than 100 journal articles and 200 international conference contributions. The most important areas of R&D activities performed or supported by IVML include Semantic Web technologies and knowledge representation, Content-based semantic multimedia content analysis, search and retrieval, Artificial neural networks and computational intelligence, Semantic interoperability, search and access of cultural content in digital libraries, MPEG-7 , MPEG-21 standards and Semantic Web technologies, Intelligent Human Computer Interaction and Affective Computing.
Institution: Institution GruppoMeta (M.E.T.A. S.r.l)
Working from digital native solutions, we offer tools which cover the whole lifecycle of published material: from creation to use, from intelligent management to distribution. We are there during the stages of analysis and design, right up to the support and evolutionary maintenance of the products and services supplied. Our aim is to develop, together with customers, new ways of creating, distributing, communicating and teaching.
The Lithuanian Art Museum, a member of the Lithuanian Museums Association and the International Committee of Museums (ICOM), is a public institution with the national museum status. Originally founded in 1933, the museum aims to collect, preserve, study, research and promote rich collections at its disposal, which includes historic and contemporary master paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings, applied and folk art as well as rare amber stone and jewellery specimens and other objects. Since 2009 Lithuanian Art Museum is responsible for the organization and coordination of digitisation activities in the Lithuanian museums. Therefore, Museum’s department, Lithuanian Museums’ Centre for Information, Digitisation and LIMIS, has been established, which was set to develop the Lithuanian Integral Museum Information System (LIMIS), and provide national aggregation service for Lithuanian museums.
Collections Trust is an independent UK-based organisation that works with museums, libraries, galleries and archives worldwide to improve the management and use of their collections. It does this by providing know-how, developing and promoting excellence, challenging existing practices, pioneering new ideas, and bringing experts together.
MAKASH pioneered the application of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) applications in education, culture and science in Israel. It was established by the Applied Research Unit of the Sapir Academic College of the Negev in the wake of the first large scale community networking project in Israel, with the Bezeq Israel Telecom , in 1989. Today, MAKASH continue to have a leading role in introducing innovative technologies in Israel related to the Semantic Web vision; animating learning communities; improving access to learning resources, to cultural content, and promoting the development of open scholarly communities in the Web.
Institution: AJUNTAMENT DE GIRONA - CRDI
The mission of the Records Management, Archives and Publications Service (abbreviated SGDAP in Catalan) of the Girona City Council is to assure the preservation of and access to the municipal documentation, from the oldest documents to the most recent ones. For this reason, the SGDAP is structured in three specific but related services: the Girona Municipal Archives (AMGI) and the Centre for Image Research and Diffusion (abbreviated CRDI in Catalan), which are in charge of the management, handling and safekeeping of the municipal documentation and the city's graphic documents, respectively, and the Municipal Publications service, which is responsible for the dissemination of studies relating to the population and the territory of Girona city.
i2CAT is a non-profit technology centre which promotes R+D+i activities in the field of Information and Communication Technologies and Future Internet. The centre invests in a new model of innovation based on collaboration between companies, public administration, the academic world and end-users, through an open innovation environment that is characteristic of the Internet culture. The vision of i2CAT is to achieve excellence in Research and Innovation in the field of Future Internet and to establish itself as a reference partner at international level to lead its application in the principal economic, industrial and social sectors. i2CAT has an extensive experience in multiple national and European research and innovation projects, leading the implementation of Future Internet technologies in the main economic sectors (Health, Audiovisual, Industry, Culture, Telecommunications) in order to improve productivity and competiveness in companies and the well-being of people.
The mission of the European Association for Jewish Culture (EAJC) is to foster and support artistic creativity and promote online access to Jewish culture. The EAJC is the Coordinator of the Judaica Europeana project and network of heritage institutions, which work together to provide integrated access to their digital collections via EUROPEANA. EAJC participates in other Europeana projects such as AthenaPlus and Digital Manuscripts to Europeana.
Franc J. Zakrajsek
Institution: Avtorska agencija za Slovenijo, d.o.o. (AAS)
The AAS is a consultation and representation institution established more then 50 years ago. At the beginning, it was mostly focused on intellectual property rights areas. Currently, it offers also interdisciplinary studies concerning the information support on several areas dealing with the development of information systems, mainly to cultural, local and national administrations. During the last 10 years, AAS has developed a specific expertise on GIS systems applied to the cultural heritage, In e-culture area it could be mentioned the design and development of the GIS of cultural heritage system at the national level (e.g.http://giskd.situla.org), as well as its expertise on visualization of cultural heritage and guidelines for using the GIS in the cultural heritage area.
The Royal Museums of Art and History in Brussels is an art and archaeological museum with national archaeological artefacts from prehistory to the Middle Ages, as well as objects from Egypt, the Near and Far East, Oceania, Pre-Columbian America and Classical Antiquity. There is also a representative selection of European decorative art and of musical instruments. The main tasks of the museum are: purchase and conservation of historical objects and documentation, collecting scientific data and conducting scientific research and digitization of the museum collection. The museum has been involved in national and international projects dealing with digitization tools and services for cultural heritage.
Institution: Riksarkivet / National Archives of Sweden
The National Archives (Riksarkivet) is one of the oldest public agencies in Sweden, with a history leading back to the Middle Ages. Today, the National Archives is charged with the supervision of all public records, generated by central as well as regional and local state authorities. Its commission by law is to preserve, organise and care for the records in order to uphold the legal right of access to public records in the pursuit of justice, continuity of public administration, and facilitating of research. Since the 1990s the National Archives has a National Archival Database for Sweden. The production of digital images of records is very high, but due to legal reason only a part of it is publicly accessible on the web. The National Archives is, and has, been a partner in several EU framework projects, like EUAN, Minerva, MinervaPlus, MinervaEC, QVIZ, LEAF, APEnet, PROTAGE, DC-net, DCH-RP, AthenaPlus and APEx and is also taking part in European coordination efforts concerning digitisation and digital preservation (Member States Expert Group on Digitisation and Digital Preservation). The main task of Digisam is to promote the achievement of the objectives of the national strategy for digitisation.
Institution: Deutsches Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte - Bildarchiv Foto Marburg
Deutsches Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte - Bildarchiv Foto Marburg is a national and international research and service institute, supported by the Philipps University in Marburg. Its mission is to collect, index and make available photographs related to European art and architecture, as well as to conduct research on the history, practice and theory of how visual cultural assets are passed on, especially the accompanying transformation process as it relates to the media, the conditions of storing knowledge in visual form, and the significance to society of remembering visual culture.
With its roughly 1.7 million photographs,Foto Marburg is one of the largest image archives on European art and architecture. The Documentation Center for Art History - Bildarchiv Foto Marburg is assisted in scientific, scholarly and conceptual matters by an advisory committee. By building up collaborative structures, Foto Marburg aids the documentation work done at museums, libraries, research institutes and offices for the protection of historical monuments. By publishing pictorial material and the source data of more than 80 partner institutions, the German Documentation Center serves publishing houses, editorial offices, scientists, scholars and anyone who may be interested.
Institution: Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest
Country : Hungary
The Hungarian University of Fine Arts provides education and training to the future actors of the Hungarian cultural scene in all areas of the visual arts. Our institution, during the course of its history, has preserved the traditional basis on which its educational program has been founded, while also seeking and cultivating continuous renewal, as evidenced by our new departments which began their operation in congruity with the fresh trends of contemporary arts in the past few decades. In addition to practical training, theoretical subjects comprise a fundamental component of education at the HUFA. The Hungarian University of Fine Arts is one of the higher art education institutions in Hungary founded in 1871. Two art collections belong to the University: the (1) Fine Arts Collection of the Library and the (2) Schola Graphidis Art Collection of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts – High School of Visual Arts. The survey, the scientific research, the digitisation, the printed and online publication of the first collection has already started many years ago, the second one’s survey and digitisation is an ongoing project.
Institution: uma information technology GmbH
Since its founding in 1994, uma has been thinking about new forms of complex knowledge retrieval. uma provides end-‐to-‐end services for its customers, helping with creative planning as well as the implementation and integration on the basis of Melvil©, its own semantic service platform. uma is a solution partner with excellent search solutions across heterogeneous data sources with a team of more than 10 years of both consulting and implementation experience. Within this domain, uma has continuously built a reputation as an innovation leader, demonstrated through various awards and international recognition during the last decade. uma operates the portal kulturpool.at for the Austrian Federal Chancellery, Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Woman's Affairs and Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy. Kulturpool serves as national access portal to Austrian cultural heritage and as the centralised data provider of digital Austrian cultural heritage assets for the EDL project Europeana (European Digital Library Project from the eContent Plus Programme). Thereby uma plays an important role in the diffusion of Austrian cultural heritage on an European level. With kulturpool uma took and takes part in several European initiatives like the EU projects Linked Heritage or AthenaPlus.
Antonella Fresa is an ICT expert, working on European cooperation projects and policy development frameworks. She is technical Coordinator of DCH-RP, EuropeanaPhotography, Linked Heritage, DC-NET ERA-NET, MINERVA series and MICHAEL series. Since 2002 she is advisor of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities. She was Project Officer at the European Commission between 1999 and 2002, and previously policy advisor for the High Technology Network of the Tuscany Region, advisor of Italian and European organizations in the area of electronic publishing, e-learning, online services and applications.
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