Fifth International Training Course in Berlin - Tools to make your online collections widely visible

From 15 to 16 February 2016 NEMO's first Training Course in 2016 took place at the Ethnologisches Museum and Museen Dahlem  in Berlin, Germany. In collaboration with Michael Culture Association, Stiftung Preu├čischer Kulturbesitz and Europeana over 25 participants  from museums, museum organisations and universities came together to discuss subjects regarding the digitalization of museums collections.

The objective of the workshop was to provide information and training to the museums on how to use easy creative tools to enhance their digital collections and join Europeana. As a basis the first day was dedicated to the theoretical perspective, while the the second day provided the audience with a practical insight in the aggregation process of Europeana.

To enable further discussions Paul Klimpel, lawyer for copyrights and leader of the iRights Lab and Julia Pagel, NEMO's Secretary General, prepared the audience with an input on copyright law and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). NEMO's recent study found that there are still a lot of legal uncertainties and most museums find IPR "complicated, outdated, expensive and unfair". With a position paper to "Museums and Copyright" NEMO provides museums with a helpful tool to communicate their needs and become more active in terms of IPR and to influence policies on a national level.

Good practices in the reuse of digital museum heritage were presented by Marzia Piccininno from the Michael Culture Association. Based on their policies, there are great differences between digital collections of different museums. The Rijkmuseum was presented as a leading and well developed example, because it allows the free download of works, and additionally their commercial creative reuse.

A talk by Sarah Wassermann, Europeana Space, gave a brief insight in the implementation of an App in a museum. Structured by four main questions - How does the app work? How does cooperation with programmers work? What is the app's concept? How is the app integrated? -, she talked about her experience developing the "Blinkster-App", which offers additional information about museum objects on display.

Creative tools to make cultural heritage more widely accessible were presented by Maria Teresa Natale, also from the Michael Culture Association. A detailed description of the open source tool MOVIO, provided information for those who are interested in creating a digital exhibition. Movio and other creative tools like E-Culture Map, Cityquest, Schooltrip and Urban Explores - are published by AthenaPlus in "Innovative Tools for the creation, reuse and retrieval of digital culture content". A workshop on the Athena Plus tool "Movio" to develop online exhibitions was offered to the participants.

The technical workshop on the second day offered the opportunity to start aggregating the necessary data to be able to contribute to Europeana.

NEMO would like to thank Michael Culture, the SPK and Europeana for the successful collaboration!

Find the complete programme here.