Progress of the European collaborative cloud for cultural heritage

A recent report published by the European Commission presents the results of the Stakeholders' survey on establishing a European collaborative cloud for cultural heritage that was carried out between 30 September-4 November 2022. It confirms the need for an interactive platform for online collaboration, independent from time and the place of work.

NEMO was consulted in the development phase of the survey to offer expertise input about the museum sector and its needs. NEMO also circulated the survey amongst its members and with the museum community. Therefore, NEMO is pleased to know that the survey received more than 1000 replies from museum professionals from all over Europe, showing a strong interest in the initiative from the sector.

The survey collected feedback on the needs and challenges of museum and cultural heritage professionals in their digital transition and in-depth scientific collaboration via a digital platform. The input from stakeholders will help the European Commission to provide targeted support to the cultural heritage sector when developing the Cultural Heritage Cloud Work Programme 2024.

The report shows that digital interaction is the highest priority among respondents' needs for tools, with a particular focus on tools for creating, sharing, and reusing interactive content on the cloud (43.3%), tools for AI-assisted metadata enrichment (37%), tools for advanced interaction with digital content on the cloud (36.4%), and tools for analysing, designing, and testing interactions with visitors (33.6%). The survey results also indicate that next to a Cloud, it is important to increase general IT awareness, capacity building and IT training.