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International activities

Apart from her national activities DEN is involved in various international activities and seeks co-operation with institutions with a similar mission. Greetings from european Playmobils

Digital Strategies for Heritage (DISH)

Digital Strategies for Heritage (DISH) is the bi-annual international conference on digital heritage and the opportunities it offers to cultural organisations. Triggered by changes in society, heritage organisations face many challenges and need to make strategic decisions about their services. DISH builds on a series of successful national conferences in the Netherlands, held since 2004. The main organisers of the conference were the Netherlands Institute for Heritage and DEN until 2011. The fourth Digital Strategies for Heritage conference is jointly organised by The New Institute, Europeana and DEN. More information:


ENUMERATE is a EU-funded project, led by UK-based Collections Trust. The project started in 2011 and will run three years. The primary objective of ENUMERATE is to create a reliable baseline of statistical data about digitization, digital preservation and online access to cultural heritage in Europe. Currently, statistical data on Europe’s digital heritage is tentative and scattered at best. For the European Commission and many of the agencies and actors in the field of culture there is no consistent evidence base for making strategic decisions on investments in digitisation. ENUMERATE will bring about major improvements in the quality and availability of intelligence about digital heritage. DEN is one of the initators of the project and leads Work Package 2 System (Survey methodology and implementation).

The Digital Facts / Numeric

In 2008 DEN started the research project The Digital Facts (De Digitale Feiten). This project has developed a methodology for the structural gathering of information about production output and costs of digitisation. Special attention has been paid to methodologies for measuring born digital collections and the use of digital services. Based on these methodologies, DEN collects statistical data on the production of digital heritage and the costs involved. The results of this project were published in 2009. The data gathered are the Dutch contribution to the European project Numeric ( In 2009-2010, DEN did a follow-up research project (More Digital Facts), which focused on born-digital collections. Download English reports and publications 


DEN was involved in Europeana as member of the core group for the technical development from the start in Europeana V1.0. DEN is member of the Europeana Network and active in the task forces on Impact and Public Private Partnerships. DEN will be a partner in the upcoming Europeana v3 project.
As National Knowledge Centre and member of the consortium leading the Dutch national aggregator, DEN acts as knowledge broker between the European and Dutch heritage innovation and, by doing so, safeguards the connection of the Dutch national infrastructure with international developments.

Europeana Inside

DEN is a partner in Europeana Inside, which started in April 2012 and will last 30 months. This EU-funded network is working to transform the ability of European cultural heritage institutions (museums, archives and libraries) to participate in the Europeana platform. DEN is leader of Work Package 2 (Specification). The objective of WP2 is to model and understand the use cases and technical and legal requirements for participation in Europeana. WP2 will develop a Functional Requirement document, setting out the range of functions and standards to be supported by the Europeana Connection Kit. This document will be used to develop a full Technical Specification, which will inform the design and build of Europeana Inside in WP3 (Development).


meSch, Material EncounterS with digital Cultural Heritage, has the goal of designing, developing and deploying tools for the creation of tangible interactive experiences that connect the physical dimension of museums and exhibitions with relevant digital cross-media information in novel ways. The project started in February 2013 and will last for four years. It is funded by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme ‘ICT for access to cultural resources’. DEN leads the Work Package 'Dissemination' and is involved in Work Package 5 'Infrastructure and Implementation'.


CEST stands for 'Cultureelerfgoedstandaarden-toolbox' (Cultural Heritage Standards Toolbox), which started as a project in February 2010 with the purpose of helping Flemish cultural heritage institutes select the right standards for the creation, management and dissemination of digital collections. The CEST project was executed by PACKED and eDAVID and it was commissioned by the Flemish Government Agency for Arts & Heritage. The project partners worked in close relationship with DEN. Since 2011, CEST has become a structural part of PACKED. DEN and PACKED still work together and exchange information.

FARO. Flemish interface centre for cultural heritage

FARO is the interface centre for the sector of tangible and intangible cultural heritage in Flanders and is subsidized by the Flemish government. The functions of FARO are defined in the Cultural Heritage Decree (2008) and the interface centre is supervised by the Flemish Ministry of Culture, Youth, Sports and Media, Agency of Arts and Heritage. FARO’s aim is to strengthen and support the cultural heritage field in Flanders, within the framework of the Cultural Heritage Decree and with the intention to realise the main objectives of the decree. FARO and DEN exchange information and knowledge and work together in different projects.


The EPICS (E-learning Platform In the Cultural heritage Sector) project aimed at developing an e-learning platform for digital cultural heritage in Flanders. The combination of recent digitisations in the cultural heritage sector and the growing impact of digital content and content distribution in the educational domain can offer promising opportunities for a new approach in cultural heritage education. In the EPICS-project research groups, companies, cultural heritage institutions, public libraries and educational organisations joined forces to rethink cultural heritage education. DEN was a partner in this project that started in November 2009 and ended in October 2011.

UNESCO Dutch Memory of the World Committee

UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme is an international initiative that calls for the preservation of valuable archival holdings, library collections and private individual compendia all over the world. The success of the Programme relies heavily on the drive, initiative and enthusiasm of regional and national committees. As appropriate, they are encouraged to implement the five key strategies (Identification of documentary heritage, Raising awareness, Preservation, Access, and Structures, status and relationships). Since 2011 The Netherlands has a Dutch Memory of the World committee. This national committee is an autonomous entity with its own terms of reference and rules of membership and succession. Partners are National Library of the Netherlands, DEN, The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and The Dutch National Archives

Council for Dutch Language and Literature

The Dutch Language Union (Nederlandse Taalunie), a joint effort of the Netherlands, Belgium and Surinam, promotes the Dutch language, Dutch language teaching and the literature in the language. Policy is set by the Committee of Ministers (comité van ministers), a commission comprising the Dutch and Flemish ministers for education and culture and a representative from Surinam. The Interparliamentary Commission (interparlementaire commissie), comprising Dutch and Flemish representatives, oversees the policy. The Council for Dutch Language and Literature (raad voor de nederlandse taal en letteren), comprising experts and prominent language users, advises the policymakers. DEN is member of the Council.

Cultural Treaty Flanders-Netherlands

The Cultural Treaty Flanders-Netherlands exists since 1995. A commission monitors the implementation of the treaty. Each member represents one of the different areas covered by the treaty. The role of the commission is to advise the Dutch and the Flemish government. DEN advises the Cultural Treaty on the subject of digitisation of cultural heritage.
Summary and Text of the Treaty (pdf)

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