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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Access to Multilingual Inventory


MUSEU-HUB is a reference point for European museums and other cultural institutions hosting museum collections in the field of digital cultural heritage and aggregation for Europeana.

It provides services, good practices, training, help-desk, documentation, updating on digitisation, standards, aggregation, IPR and reuse, multilingualism and terminologies, digital exhibitions, digital storytelling tools.

It's managed by Michael Culture.

Access to MUSEU - Hub online platform 



European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH2018)

The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 (EYCH2018) has been adopted by the Council and European Parliament. 7-8 December 2017 - Official launch at the European Culture Forum, Milano January until December 2018 - Events and activities around Europe

Read more ... Decisions, NEWS, KEY DATES: European Commission - Culture EYCH priorities


Take part to EYCH : Using the European Year of Cultural Heritage label is a great opportunity to contribute.

The European Year of Cultural Heritage label (comprising a logo, a slogan and a hashtag) is available for activities, events and projects taking place between 7 December 2017 (official launch of the year at the European Culture Forum in Milan) and 31 December 2018.

Who can grant the label : 
- National Coordinator in your country - for all projects at national, regional and local levels
- The European Commission - for all EU funded projects via our application form
- The members of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 Stakeholder Committee - for all cross-border projects implemented by the cultural heritage stakeholder organisations

Read more on how to get the label

Forum Culture

Save the Date : FORUM CULTURE 2017
7-8 December, Milan

Take part : Launch of the EYCH during the Forum Culture !

The European Culture Forum takes place every two years with prestigious speakers and lively discussions on the hottest topics in the field of culture. It is a great opportunity for European policy makers and the cultural and creative sectors to meet and exchange about common challenges and developments in the field.

Read more & Register

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Know more about Cultural Heritage & European actions thanks to European publications :

Mapping of Cultural Heritage actions in European Union - policies, programmes and activitieslast update April 2017

Linking Natura 2000 and cultural heritage - case study, 2017


EU Call : Creative Europe

Call to support cooperation projects related to the European Year for Cultural Heritage 2018 has been launched.

The Call will support transnational cooperation projects linked to some specific objectives of the Year. It is an invitation to cultural actors across the EU to get involved in the Year's activities to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space and to promote cultural heritage as a source of inspiration for contemporary artistic creation.
The deadline for submission is 22 November 2017. The start date for successful projects should be between January and September 2018, with the maximum duration of a project being 24 months.

Access the Call for proposals (Call EACEA 35/2017, category 3 of projects) here.


European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 -
Voices of Culture 
Stakeholder Committee

Michael Culture is one of the 38 European Networks participating to the Stakeholders' Committee preparing for the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage who will assist it in implementing the European Year of Cultural Heritage at European level.

The first meeting of the group took place on April 2017, in Brussels.                           

Read more about YECH 2018
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GIVE YOUR VOICE : Public consultation on the future of EU funding - Deadline : March 8 2018  

European Commission has launched several consultations for the for the next generation of financial programmes ; including in:

  • the area of values and mobility (including Creative Europe programme)
  • the area of strategic infrastructure
  • the area of cohesion
  • the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market

In 2018, the Commission will make  proposals for the next generation of financial programmes for the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, which is the EU's long–term budget. 

Consultations have taken place in the context of evaluations of existing EU financial programmes covering several policy areas, including on current performance and future challenges.


SAVE the DATE & Call for Paper : 

International Conference on Digital Humanities
27-31 May 2018, Budapest

The Centre for Digital Humanities at the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE.DH) (Member of Michael Culture) — in collaboration with DARIAH, CLARIN and Michael Culture Association — calls for abstracts for its conference held on 27–31 May 2018.

The call for paper is extended to 13 February 2018.

This Conference has received the Label of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

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Contact : digihum@elte.hu


Publication : Commission Study on  'Fighting illicit trafficking in cultural goods: analysis of customs issues in the EU' 

The study provides an analysis of the regulation of imports of cultural goods into the EU, relevant in the fight against illicit trafficking from third countries into the EU. The analysis consists of an assessment of the nature and extent of current practices in designing and implementing legislation on this issue. The study pays particular focus on the legislative framework, the control mechanisms as well as the definition regarding the import of cultural goods into the EU. It concludes with recommendations on possible solutions to tackle this issue.

Link to the publication

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Contribute to : Public consultation on Europeana
Deadline : 14 January 2018

The results will contribute to the evaluation of Europeana and will help direct its future development.

As part of the ongoing independent evaluation of Europeana, requested in the Council Conclusions of 31 May 2016, the European Commission has launched a public consultation to hear opinions from culture, education, research and creative sectors, as well as citizens from across Members States.

The Commission would particularly like to hear the experiences and expectations of those who have already used (or could benefit from using) Europeana as a platform for sharing or re-using cultural heritage material.

Link to the questionnaire (available in all EU languages): https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/europeana

Press release 


REGISTER : BTO, Culture Action Europe
15-17.11.2017, Roma

Beyond the Obvious is Culture Action Europe's annual flagship event. It will be held in Roma from 15th to 17th November. It will focus on "belonging &  becoming: Culture, heritage & our future".

Beyond the Obvious (BtO) creates a space to rethink culture, enables and facilitates collaboration, provokes the common thinking by challenging the classical elements of a conference.

Michael Culture is member of CAE.

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MCA NEMO Annual Conf

Save the date : NEMO’s 25th Annual Conference: “Open Heart Surgery – The Value of Museum Collections” | 9-12 November 2017 | Ghent, Belgium


MCA's partner NEMO will organize its next Annual Conference on November in Ghent.

Collections are at the heart of museums. As their core and basis, the Network of European Museum Organisations (NEMO) wants to take an open look at how museums operate with their collections nowadays. How do museums make their heart beat, how is it connected to other organs in the museum-body, to communities and to society?

Find out more about NEMO’s 25th Annual conference and join here: http://www.ne-mo.org/our-actions/ac2017.html


Save the date : Jewish Heritage Tourism in the Digital Age - Conference
23-25 October, Venice, Italy

A conference organized by Beit Venezia, Jewish Heritage Europe (Michael Culture member) and the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe.

The conference will focus on challenges and opportunities posed by Jewish heritage tourism and travel in Europe & raise many important issues both in places where there is an active local Jewish population and in places where there are sites of Jewish heritage but no organized Jewish community.

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Contribute to : Europeana Survey
DL : 20.10.2017

Europeana launched a survey about a new thematic collection : Europeana Migration - cultural treasures and everyday items relating to migrant heritage, exploring the impact of migration on European arts, science and history.

Read more & Survey

Contribute to : Europeana Task force Group Survey on Advanced documentation of 3D Digital Assets

This 15 minutes long survey aims to gather your advice concerning the current and future e-documentation of 3D CH objects.

The results of this survey will be published before the end of this year on the channels of Europeana Professional (pro.europeana.eu), CIPA (Comité International de Photogrammétrie Architecturale - http://cipa.icomos.org/), Digital Heritage Research Lab (http://digitalheritagelab.eu/dhrlab/lab-overview/) and Digitale Rekonstruktion (http://www.digitale-rekonstruktion.info/uber-uns/).

Read more & contribute to the survey 

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NEW  : EUROPEANA DSI 3 project
September 2017 - August 2018

The Europeana Digital Service Infrastructure (DSI - 3) is  on going.

Europeana DSI-3 is a continuation of the previous Europeana DSI projects (Europeana DSI and Europeana DSI-2). The DSI-3 project operates the Europeana core service platform from mid-2017 to mid-2018.

Following the 2 previous DSI projects, Michael Culture - via MUSEUHUB is the Expert Hub for European museums communities.

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EVA Florence 2017 - 10-11.05.2017

Electronic Imaging & the Visual Arts : "The Foremost European Electronic Imaging Events in the Visual Arts"
Conference, Workshops, Meetings & Exhibition
The key aim of this Event is to provide a forum for the user, supplier and scientific research communities to meet and exchange experiences, ideas and plans in the wide area of Culture &, Technology. 
Rosella CAFFO, President of Michael Culture Aisbl,(MCA) gave a presentation on 10th afternoon about MCA activities. Read more


EdMuse project - Education and Museum: Cultural Heritage for science learning 26_27.06.2017

The Sapienza University, coordinator in the Erasmus+ Edmuse project, in cooperation with the Michael Culture Association, organized an International Conference 26-27.06.2017 in Roma to disseminate the results of the initiative and to provide a place of discussion on the importance of cultural heritage in learning environment.

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International Workshop Florence, 4-5 May 2017
A 2 days workshop organized by Dariah IT, Michael Culture, DILL- Parma & Tallinn Universities, to give to participants the capabilities to understand the issues involved in Humanities and GLAMS digitization with a focus on Europe and apply the suggested ways of enhancing digital services.                             Programme


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DSI Workshop
04.04.2017, Petőfi Literary Museum, Budapest 

An European event dedicated to museums.

The aim of the workshop is to increase the knowledge and awareness of Hungarian museums concerning Europeana platform and digital tools to manage on line collections.

Co-Organized by Michael Culture, Petőfi Literary Museum and Schola Graphidis Art Collection

Under the framework of Europeana Digital Service Infrastructure (DSI) project 


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Europeana DSI Workshop: «Publishing on Europeana & tools to make your collection widely visible» 

23-24.02.2017, Barcelona

A two days European workshop.
A Museu-Hub activity to increase the knowledge and awareness of museums concerning Europeana platform and digital tools to manage on line collections.

Co-Organized by Michael Culture, Departament de Cultura and Generalitat de Catalunya
Collaborator: Ajuntament de Girona. Centre de Recerca i Difusió de la Imatge (CRDI)
Under the framework of Europeana Digital Service Infrastructure (DSI) project

Read more & access to presentations....coming soon



Michael Culture supports the Alliance for culture and the arts. Alliance gathers 34 European networks urging policy makers to re-think the European approach and include culture and the arts in the long-term strategic goals of the European project.
Support the alliance by signing & disseminating the appeal: https://allianceforculture.com/the-appeal
More information : https://allianceforculture.com/

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Culture Action Europe : BtO "Europe Quo Vadis"
26-28.01.2017, Budapest - Hungary

Michael Culture - member of Culture Action Europe - participated to the conference organized by Culture Action Europe in Budapest "Beyond the Obvious".

BtO is an annual gathering for privileged and inspirational exchange between the European cultural community, civil society, researchers, thinkers, institutional and political representatives.

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10-12.11.2016, Karlsruhe

Michael Culture participated to the 24th Annual Conference of NEMO – the Network of European Museum Organisations – “Money Matters: The Economic Value of Museums” in Karlsruhe, Germany. NEMO serves as a voice and network for museums and museum organisations throughout Europe providing them with information, networking and opportunities for cooperation.
NEMO and Michael Culture have developed a strong partnership since several years.

Further information is available at http://www.ne-mo.org

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ІV International Scientific and Practical Seminar
Kyiv (Ukraine), 24-25.11. 2016

The National Technical University of Ukraine hold hold the annual scientific and practical seminar, the forth in a series of informational and training events on the subject of digitizing of historical, cultural and scientific heritage.

Michael Culture made an online presentation of Museu Hub & tools, managed by the association (Project Europeana DSI 2 - Digital Service Infrastructure).


Conference Image and Research
16-18.11.2016, Girona

Michael Culture participated to the 14th edition of the international conference last November. This event was organized by The Centre for Image Research and Diffusion (CRDI) of the Girona City Council and the Association of Archivists of Catalonia, with the support of the Department of Culture of the Generalitat of Catalonia and the Spanish Ministry of Culture .

Franc. J. Zakrajsek. - Researcher at the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, Slovenia and Michael Culture member - animated a workshop about Photography at the eCultureMap.

Download Report & Papers


IODC16, 6-7.10.2016, Madrid

Preconference meetings 3-5.10.2016

ODC is a meeting point for the global community to debate and study the future of open data. It aims to build stronger relationships between open data initiatives from the different governments and establish a dialogue between these voices: Policy makers and Public Sector Information (PSI) holders ; Private companies, startups and freelancers ; Activists and NGO’s ; Data journalism ; Representatives of civil society from all over the world.

Michael Culture made a presentation of Museu Expert Hub on 5th October.

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“Culture 4D: Digitization, Data, Disruptions, Diversity”
29-30.09.2016, Tallinn

The 3rd Council of Europe Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation was hosted by Estonia.  The conference rationale is based on an understanding that the new digital and networked infrastructures should be used to reinforce access to and participation in an open culture, thereby strengthening democracy. The conference focused on some of the opportunities and challenges that are emerging in relation to digitization of culture and management of cultural data.
European experts & participants including Prof. Monika Hagendorn-Saupe - Vice President of Michael Culture.

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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

Find here Agenda 

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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 Europeana DSI Project

Find here Agenda & Presentations



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.


More info

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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).


More info

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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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