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Organising the aggregation landscape

An aggregator is a platform that collects heritage information from institutions and makes it accessible to users through a portal. An aggregator typically contains regional, thematic or sectoral information, for example from one province, about a certain subject or from certain types of institutions, such as archives or museums.

In recent years, various aggregators have emerged within the network, each having their own objective. As a result, the user services and content of these platforms are quite diverse. In order to better facilitate the user in his search for heritage, we want to better align the aggregators’ approaches (both organisationally and technologically, which will make services more efficient.


The main objectives of the project are improved collaboration and more effective results from the efforts being undertaking in the aggregation landscape.

Intended results

The project will be considered successful when:

  1. The current landscape of aggregators and theme portals has been more fully mapped out.
  2. The various stakeholders have agreed to better coordination in the fields of policy, organisation and technology.
  3. There is a joint roadmap that provides insight into how the aggregation landscape can develop further into the network of heritage information described in the Digital Heritage Reference Architecture (DERA).

Project participants

Participants from the Usable Digital Heritage work programme are:

  1. Marjon van Schendel (project lead)
  2. Sjors de Valk (information architect)
  3. Enno Meijers (principal, domain manager Usable Digital Heritage)

The project participants from the Digital Heritage Network are the representatives of the regional, thematic and sectoral aggregators.

More information

If you want to know more about the project, contact project lead Marjon van Schendel.

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