MICHAEL+ was the follow-up project of MICHAEL which aims to provide simple and quick access to the digital collections of museums, libraries and archives from different European countries. Work began in June 2004 with partners from France, Italy and the UK, with the focus on implementing an innovative multi-lingual open source platform that will be equipped with a search engine. Since 2007, the MICHAEL platform is capable of retrieving digital collections that are dispersed across Europe. In MICHAEL+ the partner consortium was enlarged by 14 more countries which reused the developments achieved in the MICHAEL project. Collection level descriptions of digital collections of cultural heritage were collected and made available via national instances as well as a European portal. The databases can be incorporated in different web interfaces and be presented locally as well as on national and European levels.
One task for the partners was to promote the service in their countries and to gain more partners from the cultural heritage sector with the aim to develop a national instance for access to digital cultural heritage collections which is as complete as possible. For the sustainability of this service after the project phase the Michael Culture Association was established.
Project partners were 33 institutions related to cultural heritage from 14 European countries.
The German consortium included seven partners, two from the libraries, the archives and the museums sector respectively, along with the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz as institution which comprises all three sectors. One of the library partners is the German National Library.
Project co-ordinator for the German consortium was Monika Hagedorn-Saupe, Institute for Museum Research (IfM).
European Commission, eTen programme
1 June 2006 - 31 May 2008
Last update: 6.12.2011