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

The 3rd Council of Europe Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation.is 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 will focus 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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Save the date : 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.

Attend to Michael Culture presentation of Museu Expert Hub on 5th October.

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10-12.11.2016, Karlsruhe

From 10-12 November 2016 NEMO – the Network of European Museum Organisations – is holding its 24th Annual Conference “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.
The conference will explore the economic dimension of museums by looking at business models for museums that can lower financial dependency from public funding on the one hand and examining museum’s positive spill-over effects on different parts of society on the other.
Further information is available at http://www.ne-mo.org/about-us/ac2016.html or by following #moneymatters and #NEMOac16 on facebook and twitter!


Save the date  : Conference Image and Research
16-18.11.2016, Girona

The 14th edition of the international will be held in November. This event is 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 .

The conference Image and Research aims to develop an intellectual debate about image.

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

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25.05.2016 : Nouveau / NEW 
Atelier Europeana DSI - “Valorisez vos collections avec Europeana”
Europeana DSI Workshop: «Valorize your collections with Europeana»
19.05.2016, Paris 

Consultez les présentations et synthèses de l'atelier Europeana DSI. Un atelier dédié aux musées et institutions culturelles françaises, pour présenter et réfléchir aux nouveaux développements de la plateforme Europeana ainsi que MUSEU-Hub, centre de ressource et agrégateur pour les musées européens, géré par l’association Michael Culture.

Organisé par Michael Culture, en partenariat avec le ministère de la Culture et de la communication dans le cadre du projet européen Europeana Digital Service Infrastructure (DSI).

Access to presentations and synthesis  of the Europeana DSI Workshop dedicated to French museums and cultural institutions to present and reflect on the new developments of Europeana platform as well as MUSEU – Hub the resource center & aggregator for European museums managed by association Michael Culture.

Organized by Michael Culture, in partnership with the French Ministry of Culture and communication 
under the framework of Europeana Digital Service Infrastructure (DSI) project.

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WORKSHOP : 15-16.02.2016, Berlin 
Free entrance – mandatory registration Language: English 

Europeana DSI Workshop: «Tools to make your collection widely visible»
Co-organized by Michael Culture, NEMO and SPK, within the Europeana Digital Service Infrastructure (DSI) project.
A 2 days European event dedicated to museums organisations and museums members of NEMO and Michael Culture open to German museums.
The objective was to invite museums to learn about digital tools to manage their online collection 

15.02.2016 Open workshop “Tools to make your collection widely visible”
16.02.2016 Practical workshop

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Other activities
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Europeana : conclusions of The Council of Culture Ministers of the EU

On 31 th May the Council of Culture Ministers of the EU have agreed on conclusions on Europeana, highlighting that Europeana is worth investing in by the EU and calling on Member States to invest in Europeana. 

Press release and the council conclusions : Read more

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Participate to Europeana survey

Europeana recently launched 2 survey
The bi-annual user survey to test the user experience on the site. Please fill the questionnaire in.
Link to the survey 
Survey on Europeana Pro
Europeana Pro (http://pro.europeana.eu/) is a corporate website that provides information on all the services that Europeana offers to professional audience. Europeana Pro is also the place for documentation and guidelines for data partners: http://pro.europeana.eu/share-your-data/. 
Link to the survey 



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 Europeana DSI Project

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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.

More info : download the presentation

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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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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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