European Digital Treasures in the Green Paper on the Sustainable Management of Cultural Heritage

European Digital Treasures has been selected as a best practice for the Green Paper on the Sustainable Management of Cultural Heritage!

This Green Paper is being put forward as part of the programme by the Spanish presidency of the Council of the European Union, following in the footsteps of the Czech presidency in 2022, which published a report on the cultural dimension of sustainable development in European Union actions. This project is carried out by the Directorate General of Cultural Heritage and Fine Arts of the Ministry of Culture and Sports and is coordinated, through its Support Unit by the Sub-Directorate General of the Spanish Institute of Cultural Heritage and the Sub-Directorate General of Management and Coordination of Cultural Assets. It is drafted by a working group made up of representatives from different governments and varying institutions, organisations and associations with a consolidated track record in the defence, management and conservation of Spanish cultural heritage. The text was submitted for public consultation in June 2022 and, based on the contributions received and contact with various stakeholders, successive drafts were developed. Although the references to regulations and governmental competences refer directly to the particular situation in Spain, the concepts that make up the technical corpus of the book can be extrapolated to any other country, as they always underlie the common and universal idea of safeguarding and transmitting cultural heritage.

This paper intends to be a tool that facilitates the daily management of cultural assets and favours good practices in this field; a document that integrates all aspects of cultural heritage and reflects its diverse reality, challenges and problems of all types, focusing on heritage management as sustainable management and a paradigmatic example of the circular economy. Moreover, this paper can serve as an incentive and driver for a greater good, also attainable through the revaluation, care and dissemination of heritage: raising the social consideration of culture, making citizens as a whole understand the relevance that this has for the social, economic, aesthetic and ethical development of all of society.

Written by Spanish State Archives

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European Digital Treasures – LIBRO VERDE DEL PATRIMONIO | Ministerio de Cultura

Green Paper on the of Sustainable Management Cultural Heritage – LIBRO VERDE DEL PATRIMONIO | Ministerio de Cultura

Short film “Herederas” nominated for the Goya Awards

We are very happy to announce that Silvia Venegas’ short film “Herederas“, which emerged from the call for entries “Tesoros en Archivos” has been nominated for the 37th Spanish Film Academy Awards, the Goya Awards, as best documentary short film.

“Herederas” is a tribute to the brave women who fought for women’s rights in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. With everything against them, they won rights that today form the basis of our democratic society. A legacy of freedom that their heiresses are now defending in the streets.

Based on the 1902 image in the Norwegian National Archive ‘Voting Rights for Norwegian Women’, a story is constructed that begins with the defence of women’s suffrage and continues with the women of today demonstrating in the streets demanding their rights. 

Images of Clara Campoamor, Kati Horna or Carolina Beatriz Ângelo that are preserved in the European national archives show that past of the brave women of which the women of the 21st century are heirs.  

The director Silvia Venegas (Santa Marta, 1982) is president of the Extremadura Film Academy. In 2020 she won the Goya Award for Best Documentary Short Film with “Our life as refugee children in Europe”, which was also nominated for the Oscar Award. In 2018 she received the Liberpress Award for her commitment to film and human rights.

The gala will take place on 10th February. We have high hopes that “Herederas” will win the award!

Written by Spanish State Archives

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European Digital Treasures – exhibition opening in Zagreb

On November 30, 2022, the Embassy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary in Zagreb, the Liszt Institute, Zagreb and the Hungarian National Archives opened the exhibition Digital Treasures – The Construction of Europe, co-funded by the EU Creative Europe programme.

Glance of the exhibition.

The exhibition was opened by Dinko Ćutura, Director General of the Croatian National Archives and Anna Palcsó, Deputy Head of Department of the Hungarian National Archives. Dr. Anna Mladenovics, Director of the Liszt Institute, highlighted the significance of the project at European level, which is an exemplary cooperation between 42 different institutions of different member states, underlined the interconnection between European historical processes and our common heritage. In her speech, Anna Palcsó, Deputy Head of Department, emphasized the contribution and harmonious cooperation of the participating institutions, and that the project as a whole was a significant milestone for European archives. The exhibition uses multimedia tools to present the common history of Europe and Europeans from four possible perspectives, using various European archival documents. It is an interactive exhibition with exciting discoveries for children and adults alike, coordinated by the national archives of Portugal, Norway, Spain, Malta and Hungary, but including documents from other countries.

Exhibition Opening.

Director General Dinko Ćutura welcomed the spectacular exhibition and announced that their cooperation with the Hungarian National Archives could become extremely important in the near future, thanks to the start of the exploration of the codices written by Esztergom priests and monks in the 12th and 13th centuries, discovered by Hungarian researchers recently. 

The location and timing are both advantageous, the exhibition is expected to attract the attention of the public at the Advent market in the square in front of the Institute. The opening ceremony was attended by leading diplomats from the participating countries, including Spain, Portugal, Austria, Romania and Slovenia, as well as professional guests and people interested in historical documents. The opening was interviewed by Z1 television.

Written by: Zoltán Szatucsek, National Archives of Hungary

Merchandising products: One experience  

In November 2019, the School of Design (ESD) of the Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave (IPCA) received an invitation from the General Directorate of Books, Archives and Libraries of Portugal (DGLAB) to collaborate on a project that would bring unprecedented challenges to a multidisciplinary team of designers and the opportunity to get to know and value documents that have described part of the History of Portugal.

ESD is an organic unit of the IPCA, a public institution of higher education founded in 1994, located in the northern region of Portugal. As part of its mission to contribute to the development of society through innovative training, cultural creation, applied research and investigation, the European Digital Treasures project presented itself as an opportunity to explore new methodologies and regional and international synergies.

The team responsible for the project included a graphic designer with a master’s degree in illustration and animation, an industrial designer, responsible technician of a product design laboratory and a project manager, a teacher and researcher in the areas of communication design, typography and publishing. These different skills allowed solutions that not only responded to the initial brief but also complemented it with communication outputs (such as packaging and promotion videos) that helped to explain, demonstrate and advertise the merchandising products designed.

Here is the catalogue of all the products created under the project.

The first stage of this journey involved a week-long artistic residency in Madrid, from 17 to 21 January 2020. During that week, the teams of designers from all the project partners met, worked and shared experiences. There were moments of contact with professionals in the areas of design, communication, management and distribution of products related to museums and cultural institutions. Workshops were developed in which work methodologies, future scenarios and prototypes were discussed. The contact with designers from other countries allowed not only for better awareness of the brief, considering that the heritage and cultural value of many archives were reflected upon, but also for the exchange of experiences and expertise in varied areas. These included graphic design, product design, jewellery and marketing. There were also some field visits to cultural institutions of worldwide reference, which allowed an observation of the spaces and organisation of the merchandising shops and direct contact with some products. Furthermore, these were moments that enriched the experience of the week, due to the opportunity created to visit some of the best art collections in the world. After this important moment, which leveraged the steps of previous research and problem definition, we moved on to the ideation and prototyping phases.

Development of a merchandising article.

From a selection of historical archives, seven prototypes of innovative merchandising products were developed: a botanical specimen jar with five artisanal soaps; two écharpes; two ceramic brooches, a ceramic cutting and serving board and a DIY mobile. Take a look at the videos.

All prototypes were thoroughly studied, tested and presented in multiple contexts, national and international. With an iterative, multidisciplinary and multicultural process we sought not only to contribute to greater recognition of our past treasures but also to open the door to future projects that help communicate the value and mission of the Portuguese Archives.

Ana Catarina Silva, Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave (IPCA).

European discoveries: from the new world to new technologies

Placed in an emblematic space in the historical centre of the city of Porto, in the Centro Português de Fotografia, the exhibition European Discoveries: from the new world to new technologies is on its second edition, from November 19 to 22 January 2023, after its opening to the public at the Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo in 2021, in Lisbon.

Exhibition opening 19-11-2022.

As the documents in this exhibition so clearly show, European discoveries were carried out in several contexts, throughout history and involving people from different countries and regions.

The diversity of documentary typologies shown in the exhibition confirms the variety of themes and contexts in which the desire to discover was evident: letters, books, photographs, X-ray images, drawings, maps and reports, among others, dating from the early Middle Ages to the 20th century.

Exhibition opening 19-11-2022.

Preserving the memory of discoveries and inventions, scientific progress and technological advances is one of the features of the European identity and heritage.

This transmedia exhibition was displaced to the northern region of the country in order to bring the public closer to this topic, besides spreading the assumptions of the European Digital Treasures project.

Centro Português de Fotografia, Porto.

The Centro Português de Fotografia, such as the Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo, is part of the Directorate-General of Books, Archives and Libraries. It is housed in a building that served as a prison called “Cadeia do Tribunal da Relação”  in the 16th century (from 1501 to 1600), being located in the heart of  Porto’s Historic Centre, next to the Torre dos Clérigos, an equally emblematic monument of  the city.

Exhibition’s Catalogue here.

Written by General Directorate of Books, Archives and Libraries, Portugal.

DGLAB, the new virtual store

As an effective result of one of the activities within the scope of the Eurpean Digital Treasures Project – New Business Models for European Archives in the XXI Century-, the General Directorate for Books, Archives and Libraries inaugurated, on 22nd of September 2022, the DGLAB virtual store, developed based on a modern and functional e-commerce platform.

This project was presented by José Furtado, at the ICARUS convention in Paris, May 2022: “Face to Face to e-Commerce: the Migration Experience”.

You can find the presentation in the convention’s report (p. 7) and check the video on the ICARUS YouTube Channel, here, but now you can also visit the new virtual store at !

New virtual store.

All the initiatives promoted had the sole purpose of increasing our customers’ satisfaction with our services!

Written by General Directorate of Books, Archives and Libraries, Portugal.

Third exhibition opening at the National Archives of Malta in Rabat

National Archives Collection donation and Exhibition opening 18-08-22

The third of a series of three exhibitions developed within the framework of the European project European Digital Treasures is going on in Malta!

One may visit the exhibition ‘European Discoveries: From the New World to New Discoveries’ at the head office of the National Archives of Malta in Rabat. The narratives displayed make use of different technological tools that allow one to get to know our past through multiple channels.

National Archives Collection donation and Exhibition opening 18-08-22

45 documents from 25 archives from 8 countries tell micro-stories that shaped Europe, including 12 documents about medical developments, 15 documents related to industry and energy and 15 other documents deal with navigation and transport. 

We hope that these innovative products will allow visitors to experiment and play, to learn and share, as well as to feel moved by our shared past!

Learn more about the exhibitions here and check various exhibition material, like catalogues and games here.

Written by Leonard Callus, National Archives of Malta.

EDT Workshop New Business & Conceptual Models: “Use of Artificial Intelligence”

Ole Gausdal (r.) waiting for his turn to present the Use of AI.

Last but not least we want to present the speech, given by Ole Gausdal, National Archives of Norway, about “Use of Artificial Intelligence” at the European Digital Treasures workshop ‘New Business & Conceptual Models’, held on 23rd of May 2022 within the #28 ICARUS Convention.

The National Archives of Norway has started to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) in order to improve our user services. We have large volumes of paper-based archives with limited amount of metadata. As for today´s standard, they are also quite poor categorized. The result has been that use of the material requires quite a lot of manual work. We are now working to improve this situation by use of AI. In order to use AI, the material has to be digitized. And that is of course a limitation. So far, we have digitized between 2-3 percent of our total holdings.

The goal for our use of AI is to make historical data searchable and to improve metadata in order to automate our services and improve the user experience and self-service. Artificial Intelligence has many branches. We are mainly working in the field of natural language processing (content extraction and classification), machine learning as well as image recognition. To follow up our AI ambitions, we have employed three AI experts and two experts to follow up handwritten text recognition (HTR).

Read about the use of AI in detail in our report here (p. 11) & check out the video on our YouTube Channel here.

Let’s present our workshop speaker

Ole Gausdal.

OLE GAUSDAL is director in charge of international relations at the National Archives of Norway since 2017. He has been Deputy Director in charge of Digitization from 2005-2008 and Director for Digitization and the Collection from 2008-2017. He has previously worked as Deputy Director and Head of Archives in several ministries and public agencies. He holds a master in History.

Check out the recording of the presentation of Ole Gausdal about “Use of Artificial Intelligence” here!

Additionally you can read the full report about the workshop here.
Read more about the workshop here.

Written by Ole Gausdal & the European Digital Treasures Team.

Exhibition Opening at the Museum am Dom in St. Pölten, Austria

Opening ceremony at the summer refectory with Diocesan Bishop Alois Schwarz © Tatjana Hölzl.

On September 2nd, 2022, the opening of the third part of the exhibition series of the EU project European Digital Treasures took place at the Museum am Dom in St. Pölten, Austria. After the questioning of the “becoming of Europe” in the first part and the thematic complex of migration, exile and solidarity in the second part, the third part is now dedicated to the broad field of “European discoveries and inventions”.

The ceremonial opening, which this time took place in the very well-filled summer refectory, was first introduced by the museum director Barbara Taubinger with her welcoming speech, followed by the head of the school district Benedikt Michal and the member of the state parliament Martin Michalitsch, who formulated his thoughts on the topic on behalf of the head of the state government. As a crowning finale, the exhibition was ceremoniously opened by Diocesan Bishop Alois Schwarz and the guests had the opportunity to view the exhibition in the museum premises.

Opening © Tatjana Hölzl.

Anabela Ribeiro and Olinda Cardoso, Portuguese partners of the Digital Treasures project were present at the opening and demonstrated the international friendships created within the project! Thanks for being there!

The show will be on display for two months until the end of October and uses primary sources from eight major European archives to convey the various aspects of the topic. The very broad field has been divided into the content areas of “Medicine”, “Energy and Industry” and “Transportation and Navigation” which can also be explored within the framework of guided tours.

All the details about the exhibition in St. Pölten can be found here:!

Find information about the backround of the exhibition here and additional material, like catalogues & games, created especially for the exhibitions here.

EDT partners from Portugal Anabela Ribeiro & Olinda Cardoso with the director of the museum, Barbara Taubinger (l.) and Karl Heinz and Tatjana Hölzl (r.), ICARUS © Daniel Jeller.

Written by Karl Heinz, International Centre for Archival Research.

Exhibition Opening in Budapest

European Digital Treasures – The Construction of Europe – exhibition opening at Várkert Bazár

The opening of the unique transmedia exhibition, which presents the history of Europe through unique documents from six European countries using digital tools, attracted many visitors! The opening of the exhibition “The Construction of Europe – History, Memory and the Myth of Europeanness” took place on 30th of August 2022 at Várkert Bazár.

First glance © Zsuzsanna Lantos.

In his opening speech, Gábor Kőrösi, Director of Communications and Marketing of Várkapitányság Zrt., expressed his delight that the renovated Várkert Bazár, which was part of the National Hauszmann Program, boasts an ever-growing number of visitors and an increasing number of returning exhibitors. Among these partners is the National Archives of Hungary, which has also chosen the imposing Buda Castle as the venue for its third exhibition.

Zoltán Szatucsek © Zsuzsanna Lantos.

Zoltán Szatucsek, Director of the Department of IT and Innovation of the National Archives of Hungary, said in his welcome speech that the exhibition presented 54 documents in different formats: originals, copies, installations, as part of the digital catalogue or through games. The 54 documents – 54 coloured tiles from the past, which came together to form breathtaking, colourful, kaleidoscopic shapes for the visitors of the exhibition, the Director added.

Introducing the exhibition, Senior Archivist Dr György Majtényi, curator of the exhibition, pointed out that the main aim was to create a horizon through the unique documents of six European nations, from which our history can be seen as a common history for all Europeans. The curator also explained that the documents in the exhibition have been collected by archivists from European countries, and arranged side by side according to four possible perspectives – the spirit of Europe, its diversity, European Christianity and the legacy of the Enlightenment. The selected documents reflect this and, through it, the history of Europe, and offer visitors to the opportunity to form their own view of the history of Europe and of Europeanness.

The exhibition will be open from 1st of September to 30th of October 2022 at Várkert Bazár, every week from Thursday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00.

Learn more about the exhibitions and check out the material especially created for the exhibitions!


Written by Magyar Nemzeti Levéltár.