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T
he Austrian Digital Heritage Initiative has
been established in the context of this
international framework, and its Web site
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is the national reference point on Austrian
digitisation policies and projects. Launched
in November 2003, the Digital Heritage
initiative is an ongoing activity carried
out by Salzburg Research on behalf of the
Federal Ministry for Education, Science and
Culture.
T
he strategic objectives of the initia-
tive are to:
· raise awareness for the European co-
ordination effort and the Lund Principles
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within the cultural heritage community;
· stimulate and foster information transfer
on digitisation activities from the
European to the national and regional
level - and vice versa;
· simplify cross-European resource
discovery;
· promote the use of standards and good
practice among cultural heritage institu-
tions;
· make available best practice guidelines,
standards and quality criteria for cultural
heritage institutions.
THE EUROPEAN FRAMEWORK:
FROM eEUROPE TO LUND
T
he Austrian Digital Heritage Initiative
is in accordance with the European
programmes, which not only provide the
framework for digitisation and preservation
activities in Europe but are also anchored
within the wider aim of making Europe
the most competitive knowledge-based
economy by 2010, as it was formulated by
the European Council in the eEurope initi-
ative and its related eEurope Action Plan
78
.
M
ore specifically, the Austrian Digital
Heritage initiative follows the Lund
Principles, which aim at supporting cultural
heritage institutions . The Lund principles
were agreed on 4 April 2001 by representa-
tives of the cultural ministries of the mem-
ber states. They set the following strategic
goals:
· to establish an ongoing forum for co--
ordination of policies for digitisation;
· to support the development of a
European view on policies and pro-
grammes;
· to exchange and promote good practices,
guidelines and consistency of practice
and skills development;
· to accelerate transfer and uptake of good
practices;
· to enhance the visibility and accessibility
of the digitised cultural and scientific
content in Europe.
B
ased on these principles, the sub-
sequent Lund Action Plan
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has
identified four areas of concrete action:
Improvement of policies and programmes
through co-operation and benchmarking,
discovery of digitised resources, promotion
of good practice, and definition of a con-
tent framework.
F
ollowing the Lund meeting, a National
Representatives Group (NRG)
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, com-
prising officially nominated experts from
each EU Member State, was established to
monitor the progress towards achieving the
Lund objectives to create a common plat-
form for co-operation and co-ordination of
national digitisation activities.
T
he Austrian representation within the
NRG is split among three entities: the
Federal Ministry for Education, Science and
Culture
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(strategic and financing level), the
Austrian National Library
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(consultancy
level), and Salzburg Research
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(operation-
al level).
T
he MINERVA project
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, a Network
of Excellence funded under the
European Union's IST Programme and
managed by the Italian Ministry of Culture,
provides operational support for the NRG
and national initiatives. MINERVA also
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76 See: http://www.digital-heritage.at
77 See: ftp://ftp.cordis.lu/pub/ist/docs/digicult/
lund_principles-en.pdf
78 See: http://www.europa.eu.int/information_society/
eeurope/2005/index_en.htm
79 See also in this issue "Towards a continuum of digital heritage,
Strategies for a European Area of Digital Cultural Resources" for
current opinion on the Lund Action Plan.
80 See: ftp://ftp.cordis.lu/pub/ist/docs/digicult/
lund_action_plan-en.pdf
81 See: http://www.cordis.lu/ist/directorate_e/digicult/
t_reference.htm
82 See: http://www.bmbwk.gv.at
83 See: http://www.onb.ac.at
84 See: http://www.salzburgresearch.at
85 See: http://www.minervaeurope.org