By setting up a nationwide network of support, we help smaller institutions to also make their digital collections accessible in a sustainable manner. The focus of the support network will be on using the generic facilities in the network. To get started, heritage professionals can turn to specially appointed digital heritage coaches at provincial centres across the country.
The Digital Heritage Network consists of many networks, some of which already serve the smaller institutions. We work on strengthening the existing connections through sectoral, provincial and thematic nodes. We are also reaching out to those institutions that are not yet involved in the network.
The objective is to enable every institution to become acquainted with and make use of the generic facilities for sustainably accessible digital heritage.
The project will deliver the following results:
- A tailor-made support programme, particularly for smaller heritage institutions, to promote active use and management of digital collections.
- A nationwide network of support centres with digital heritage coaches, which will be able to reach all heritage institutions.
- A nationwide network of knowledge sources, accessible to everyone.
- The certainty that the support network will continue beyond 2020.
OPEN, the consultative body in which the provincial heritage institutions are represented, plays a major role in appointing the digital heritage coaches and setting up support centres across the country. The centres are expressly aimed at all types of heritage institutions and cover an even wider network than OPEN: museums, archives, libraries, historical associations and other cultural institutions. DEN, the national knowledge institute for culture and digitalisation, is closely involved in setting up a national knowledge network. Other knowledge partners are also involved.