The project MICHAELPlus was launched in summer 2006 with the participation of 14 countries. The aim of the project is to create, by June 2008, an Internet-based portal which will make it possible to access and search the metadata of digital collections of European cultural heritage from any part of the world. As the outcome of the project, valuable elements of European culture will be collected in a standard format, according to a standard data model and in a common information infrastructure. The new community standards and technical models elaborated in the framework of the initiative can be further used in future projects establishing enhanced catalogues (searchable not only by collection but also by records). The data model created in the framework of the project comprises five main units, containing information about the following: the physical and the digital collection, the institution holding the collection, the services and products connected to the collection, as well as other related programs and projects. Beside the national electronic catalogues set up on the basis of the data model, there will be an integrated portal making it possible to search digital collections of European cultural heritage provided by various member states. The Hungarian partner institution of the project is the National Digital Data Archive, operating under the umbrella of the Neumann Digital Library Directorate. The National Digital Data Archive operates and develops a record-based metadata archive, so the integration of the existing project and MICHAELPlus will generate an enhanced search interface offering access to information about the collection, the institution holding the collection and also the records contained in the collection. MICHAELPlus creates an opportunity for Hungarian cultural institutions to make a targeted appearance online, in order to better serve their user groups.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.