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The MICHAEL and MICHAEL Plus projects were funded through the European Commission's eTen programme, to establish a new service for the European cultural heritage.


The MICHAEL project was a partnership between France, Italy and the UK to deploy a cultural portal platform that was developed in France. MICHAEL Plus then extended the MICHAEL project to the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. The two projects are closely aligned. The projects focus on the integration of national initiatives in digitisation of the cultural heritage and interoperability between national cultural portals to promote access to digital contents from museums, libraries and archives.


The projects have established this international online service, to allow users to search, browse and examine descriptions of resources held in institutions from across Europe. We hope that the technical standards and sustainability model that we have established for the project will mean that more countries will contribute their contents to the portal in future.



Through the multilingual MICHAEL service people will be able to find and explore European digital cultural heritage material using the Internet.



  • A European cultural heritage inventory, available to all and providing access to cultural heritage resources.
  • Sustainable management for the project to continue.
  • Endorsement and implementation at a national government level, in order to underpin further funding as required.
  • A methodology and technical platform, which makes it easy to add new national instances of MICHAEL, thus growing the content and user bases.


Technical Results

The technical results of the MICHAEL project can be listed as follows:


The MICHAEL data model for multilingual digital cultural heritage inventories

  • An open source technical platform for national instances built on EPrints3, XML etc.
  • Interoperability protocols for national instances to contribute data to the European service
  • European MICHAEL search portal
  • Methodology and model which is easy to deploy in additional countries.


See also: Michael Culture Association

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University Library “Svetozar Markovic” from Belgrade, Serbia is hosting the first public workshop within the project Europeana Newspapers on June 13 and 14, 2013. The workshop gathered more than 60 experts in digitization from entire Europe.

Within the two day workshop we will talk about methods for processing the digitized materials such as OCR, OLR and NER in order to improve the search and presentation on Europeana, as well as various tools for evaluating the process of digitization.

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PHAIDRA - Digital Repositories at the Western Balkan UniversitiesThe project is intended to provide technological modernization, functional integration and institutional expansion of academic library systems in Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia nad Hercegowina. This project should provide:


  • Installation of new servers in library system` nodes;
  • Inclusion of unenclosed faculty libraries in the library-information system of their universities;
  • Implementation of new library services to complete all ILS;
  • Establishment of web portals for university curricula with the data about obligatory literature, teaching materials and lecture materials connected with repositories and library OPAC;
  • Establishment of the system for archiving and use of digital university documents and their linking to library-information system and system of communication in science.


Implementation of new library services to complete all ILS:

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The Policy RECommendations for Open Access to Research Data in Europe (RECODE) project will leverage existing networks, communities and projects to address challenges within the open access and data dissemination and preservation sector and produce policy recommendations for open access to research data based on existing good practice.

The open access to research data sector includes several different networks, initiatives, projects and communities that are fragmented by discipline, geography, stakeholder category (publishers, academics, repositories, etc.) as well as other boundaries. Many of these organisations are already addressing key barriers to open access to research data, such as stakeholder fragmentation, technical and infrastructural issues, ethical and legal issues, and state and institutional policy fragmentation. However, these organisations are often working in isolation or with limited contact with one another. RECODE will provide a space for European stakeholders interested in open access to research data to work together to provide common solutions for these issues. It will provide over-arching recommendations for a policy framework to support open access to European research data.

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OpenAIRE+_LogoOpenAIRE’s three main objectives are to:

  • build support structures for researchers in depositing FP7 research publications through the establishment of the European Helpdesk and the outreach to all European member states through the operation and collaboration of 27 National Open Access Liaison Offices;
  • establish and operate an electronic infrastructure for handling peer-reviewed articles as well as other important forms of publications (pre-prints or conference publications). This is achieved through  a portal that is the gateway to all user-level services offered by the e-Infrastructure established, including access (search and browse) to scientific publications and other value-added functionality (post authoring tools, monitoring tools through analysis of document and usage statistics);
  • work with several subject communities to explore the requirements, practices, incentives, workflows, data models, and technologies to deposit, access, and otherwise manipulate research datasets of various forms in combination with research publications.
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medoanet logoMedOANet addresses the necessity for coordinated strategies and policies in Open Access to scientific information in Europe. The project will enhance existing policies, strategies and structures for Open Access and will contribute towards the implementation of new ones in six Mediterranean countries: Greece, Turkey, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal. It will also promote national and regional coordination of policies, strategies and structures in these six countries and beyond.

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eurorisnet logoEuroRIs-Net+ builds on the Network of National Contact Points for the Research Infrastructures programme (RIs NCPs) to provide value-added services, which will facilitate transnational cooperation of NCPs, promoting the effective implementation of the RI programme, highlighting opportunities offered by Research Infrastructures - at the European and international level - and their impact on e-science.

The Network develops observatory functions for EC and national Research Infrastructures policies, programmes and initiatives, supported by an efficient dialogue scheme for RI NCPs with the RI ecosystem and a sustainable and comprehensive RI Knowledge Repository.

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Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH) logoThe grand vision for DARIAH is to facilitate long-term access to, and use of, all European Arts and Humanities (A+H) digital research data. The DARIAH infrastructure will be a connected network of people, information, tools, and methodologies for investigating, exploring and supporting work across the broad spectrum of the digital humanities. The core strategy of DARIAH is to bring together national, regional, and local endeavours to form a cooperative infrastructure where complementarities and new challenges are clearly identified and acted upon.

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Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research (DRIVER)Considered the largest initiative of its kind in helping to enhance repository development worldwide, DRIVER is a multi-phase effort whose vision and primary objective is to create a cohesive, robust and flexible, pan-European infrastructure for digital repositories, offering sophisticated services and functionalities for researchers, administrators and the general public.

DRIVER has established a network of relevant experts and Open Access repositories. DRIVER-II will consolidate these efforts and transform the initial testbed into a fully functional, state-of-the art service, extending the network to a larger confederation of repositories. DRIVER is integral to the suite of electronic infrastructures that have emerged in the worldwide GÉANT network and is hence funded under the e-Infrastructures call of the European Commission's 7th framework programme. It aims to “… optimise the way the e-Infrastructure is used to store knowledge, add value to primary research data and information making secondary research more effective, provide a valuable asset for industry, and help bridging research and education.”

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Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS)DANS promotes sustained access to digital research data. For this purpose, DANS encourages researchers to archive and reuse data in a sustained manner, e.g. through the online archiving system EASY. DANS also provides access, via, to thousands of scientific datasets, e-publications and other research information in the Netherlands. In addition, the institute provides training and advice, and performs research into sustained access to digital information.

Driven by data, DANS ensures that access to digital research data keeps improving, through its services and by taking part in national & international projects and networks. DANS is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

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