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2019/2020: Heritage to go digital for all

The Digital Heritage Network has been on the road for a few years. Now it is time to accelerate, which is possible because the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) has made extra funding available for 2019 and 2020. During this period, we are tasked with “intensifying the services and the inclusivity of the Digital Heritage Network”. At the heart of the assignment lies the sustainable accessibility of heritage collections, particularly including those of smaller institutions.

Two pillars

The intensification comes at the right time. The network has a stable foundation and we have developed a number of useful practical facilities Many heritage organisations are already working on preserving the availability of their digital collections. In the coming period we will intensify these efforts with a range of activities, which fall under two main pillars:

  • Developing generic facilities for visible, usable and sustainable heritage
  • Promoting expertise in the field of enabling visible, usable and sustainable heritage

When implementing these activities, we also have an eye for innovative methods and collaboration with science and the creative industry.
The generic facilities are developed under the three well-known work programmes. As a network, we strive to promote the expertise of heritage professionals.

We are currently updating the project information in the Activities menu.

Network DNA

Activities in the Digital Heritage Network are built on the following principles:

  1. They concern collaborations in which several institutions are involved.
  2. Results are demonstrably cross-sectoral and contribute to the development of a network of shared facilities.
  3. They increase the sustainable access to digital collections in the Netherlands and focus on specific issues.
  4. Agreements are made about the actual use and management (exploitation) of results.
  5. Attention will always be paid to the wide dissemination and exchange of knowledge.


Wherever possible, participating institutions will coordinate their policies, so that the network principle is embedded in the working methods of the organisations. This allows us to work more effectively and efficiently and coordinate our efforts.

Drinks after the NDE New Year’s Event 2019. Photo by Sebastiaan ter Burg, CC BY 2.0

Knowledge sharing

Sharing knowledge and services

Knowledge sharing is an important additional objective of the network. It is achieved by facilitating meetings and collaborations of heritage professionals from various institutions in projects, working groups and knowledge groups. We also disseminate knowledge about digital heritage by publishing tools, best practices, manuals, step-by-step plans and models. See the Knowledge & services section.

Networks are people

We organise regular meetings of heritage professionals, including the biennial Digital Heritage Week. Look at the agenda for an overview.

Conferences and training courses

Finally, team members and experts from the Digital Heritage Network regularly share their knowledge at conferences and workshops in the Netherlands and abroad. We also contribute to education and training in the field of digital heritage, for example by giving lectures at the Reinwardt Academy and GO Opleidingen and providing presentations for the Essentials 4 Data Supportcourses of Research Data Netherlands.

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