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J
OSÉ
B
ORBINHA
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N
ATIONAL
L
IBRARY
OF
P
ORTUGAL
T
he International Seminar on
Digitisation, held at the National
Library of Portugal (http://www.bn.pt/)
in Lisbon on 11 May 2004, was promoted
as an initiative of the MINERVA project.
MINERVA is `a network of Member
States' Ministries to discuss, correlate and
harmonise activities carried out in digi-
tisation of cultural and scientific content
for creating an agreed European common
platform, recommendations and guidelines
about digitisation, metadata, long-term
accessibility and preservation'.
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T
his Seminar (http://bnd.bn.pt/agen-
da/sdigit/) was organised by the
National Library of Portugal (a partner
of MINERVA-PLUS, a project associated
with MINERVA), the General Office of
the Ministry of Culture (the Portuguese
National Representative in MINERVA),
and the Portuguese Operational
Programme for Culture.
T
he main purpose of the event was
to promote the idea that digitisa-
tion of cultural and scientific artefacts is
both desirable and useful for the future
of the sector. This highly successful event
involved 250 participants (the maximum
capacity of the venue ­ as the requests
for registration exceeded 500!). The audi-
ence was composed of representatives
of libraries, museums and archives from
all over Portugal and from several other
European institutions, in addition to mem-
bers of Portuguese governmental bodies
and other relevant institutions and private
companies.
T
he programme included the following
presentations:
ˇ Digitisation of Cultural Artefacts -
Claude Poliart (European Commission -
DG Information Society)
ˇ The European Project MINERVA -
Rossella Caffo (Ministero per i Beni e le
Attivitŕ Culturali, Italia), Pier Giacomo
Sola (Consortium Amitié)
ˇ Digitisation in Bulgaria: a look from
inside and outside - Milena Dobreva
(KT-DigiCult-BG)
ˇ Project EnrichUK (United Kingdom) -
Peter Dowdell (UKOLN, the UK Office
for Library and Information Networking)
ˇ The Digitisation Centre of the Göttingen
University (Germany) - Andrea Rapp
(Göttinger Digitalisierungszentrum)
ˇ The TASI Service (United Kingdom)
- Edmund I. Bremner (TASI ­ Technical
Advisory Service for Images ­ University
of Bristol)
ˇ The National Digital Library Initiative
- José Borbinha (National Library of
Portugal)
ˇ Digitisation of the National Museological
Patrimony: an integrated project - Paulo
Ferreira da Costa (Portuguese Institute
for Museums)
ˇ Parliamentary Debates Online - Rui
Costa (Portuguese Parliament), Joaquim
Sousa Pinto (University of Aveiro)
ˇ Project for the Digitisation of the
Archive of Images of the IPCR - Rui
Ferreira da Silva (Portuguese Institute for
Preservation)
ˇ Project PrIM - Maria Emília Melo,
Dr Frederico Rosa (Humberto Delgado
Foundation)
ˇ Digital Archive of Portuguese Art -
Maria Inęs Cordeiro (Calouste
Gulbenkian Foundation)
ˇ Citizenship Contents in the Internet
- Alfredo Caldeira (Mário Soares
Foundation)
T
he seminar received the special sup-
port of many other organisations, with
a special acknowledgement from the British
Council, the Goethe-Institut, FCCN (the
Portuguese academic Internet Provider)
and BAD (the Portuguese Association of
Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists).
T
he slides of these wide-ranging pres-
entations are available online from the
Portuguese and English Web site at http://
bnd.bn.pt/agenda/sdigit/programa-en.html.
Making the most of modern technology to
reach as many people as possible, the semi-
nar was transmitted over the Internet in
real time, where it reached a wide audience.
The sessions were also recorded, which
will result in a DVD being made available
(it is currently in production). This DVD
will include the recordings and slides of the
presentations in addition to complemen-
tary material developed by the National
Library of Portugal, comprising examples
of digitised works and the tools developed
as part of the scope of the National Digital
Library Initiative (http://bnd.bn.pt). Most
of this technology is being released by the
National Library of Portugal and its part-
ners as Open Source tools to benefit the
sector as much as possible.
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IGITISATION
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57 See MINERVA's Web site at http://www.minervaeurope.org/