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DERA – Digital Heritage Reference Architecture

DERA: working together in the network

DERA is the Dutch acronym for Digital Heritage Reference Architecture. A reference architecture provides directions for collaborating parties, in this case to make heritage information in the Digital Heritage Network more visible to the end user.

By developing their heritage services within the framework of the reference architecture, network participants ensure that everything fits together as a whole. The reference architecture describes ways of working together across the boundaries of institutions and sectors. It is not a blueprint for how individual institutions should set up their ICT architecture.

DERA is primarily a description of what we want to achieve together in the network. It concerns the strategic and operational goals, the principles, the different roles in the network and the requirements set for these roles. These requirements allow the network participants to collaborate. The aim is to make heritage information more accessible using the Linked Open Data principles.

In other words, working according to the principles of the National Strategy for Digital Heritage also means working according to DERA.

DERA 1.0 & 2.0

In the first version of DERA (1.0) goals and principles were formulated.
In DERA 2.0, published in November 2018, the goals and principles have been elaborated. It also describes what is expected of all network participants. In subsequent versions, DERA will be further concretised with agreements on common services, standards, applications, techniques and licences.

You can use the English translation of the DERA 2.0 document.

Ownership and management

The Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) is the owner of DERA. DERA is being developed by a working group chaired by OCW, which is composed of representatives of the Digital Heritage Network. Management of DERA rests with the five sectoral nodes in the Digital Heritage Network: Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, KNAW Humanities Cluster, National Archives and National Library of the Netherlands.

More information

Download DERA 2.0 (PDF, Dutch language) or the DERA 2.0 – English version (PDF). There is also an introductory leaflet (PDF, Dutch language only).

If you have any questions about DERA or the way it can be applied in your organisation, please contact our network manager Wilbert Helmus.



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