Lemesos: Euromed 2010: "Museum Futures: Emerging Technological and Social Paradigms"


8-13 November, 2010 - ATHENA workshops

In the framework of Euromed 2010, the following workshop will take place:

Digital objects and collections transfer to Europeana
by MICHAEL & ATHENA projects

Friday, 12th November 2010, 14:00 - 19:30

Organizers: ATHENA partners

The workshop presents outputs of two projects MICHAEL & ATHENA. ATHENA, a Network of Best Practice within the e-Contentplus Programme, takes its origins from the existing MINERVA network and brings together relevant stakeholders and content owners from museums and other cultural institutions all over Europe. MICHAEL & MICHAEL+ there are two eTEN projects dealing with multilingual inventory of digital
cultural collections implementation in Europe.

ATHENA is working on the existing standards harmonization, and promotion by a wider public, taking into consideration the cross-domain perspective of Europeana, and the national culture portals. ATHENA developed an ingestion tool specific for museums but also flexible enough for the integration of digital objects at libraries and archives. This software based on LIDO (Lightweight Information Describing Objects) will be used to present the metadata transfer to Europeana. This harvesting format is now proposed
to become a reference model for the integration of museum digital content in a crossdomain
perspective. LIDO is a real European outcome since it was elaborated by a core group of experts in the field that includes people who developed the CIDOC CRM standards.
During the workshop it will be also presented the Guidelines for geographic location of ccultural content which is a part of ATHENA project tasks (D7.2 - Guidelines for Geographic Location Description - Adds: Possible GIS Models - Videos).

It will be discussed goals of GIS in digital cultural content, basic terms of GIS, and Geographic information in standards concerning digital cultural content.

The workshop addressed for museums, libraries, archives and other cultural institutions and to the institutions interested in promoting their collections worldwide.

It is intended especially to the professionals interested in harmonization, integration of metadata and thesauri, and those who are introducing or plan to introduce geographic information system (GIS).
The aim of this workshop is to demonstrate ways in which European museums can participate in Europeana with or without mediation of aggregators. This will be presented on a base of the ATHENA project achievements.


  • Coordinating digitisation in Europe (MINERVA project idea and realisation)
    Maria Sliwinska
  • MICHAEL – Multilingual Inventory of Cultural Heritage in Europe
    Maria Sliwinska, Piotr Kozurno
  • ATHENA project goals and achievements
    Maria Sliwinska
  • Standards of metadata in European museums
    Piotr Kozurno
  • ATHENA mapping tool: standards for metadata sharing (LIDO schema)
    Gordon McKenna – the author of the LIDO
  • Guidelines for geographic location of cultural content
    Franc J. Zakrajsek 


More info on Euromed 2010