Digital cultural heritage
The digital cultural heritage initiative of the Ministry of Education and Culture develops the availability of digital cultural heritage material as well as the long-term preservation of material and information resources. The digital cultural heritage initiative increases the collaboration and expertise of archives, libraries and museums.
The digital cultural heritage is constantly accumulating and growing richer with the emergence of new digital cultural heritage material as well as the digitisation of old materials and information resources.
Archives, libraries and museums are continually developing ways to digitise their material and services so that information resources can be utilised.
The goal of the digital cultural heritage initiative is to maintain digital services in order to improve the availability, accessibility and long-term preservation of cultural heritage resources. At the same time, it promotes collaboration between archives, libraries and museums as well as digital know-how.
Cultural heritage open to all and linked to daily life promotes social pluralism, interaction and inclusion.
Finna and the Cultural Heritage DP Service
The digital cultural heritage initiative includes two services financed by the Ministry of Education and Culture. The National Library of Finland maintains the Finna service that brings together the digital material and services of several archives, libraries and museums.
The Cultural Heritage DP Service, maintained by the CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd., ensures the preservation of digital cultural heritage material in the long term.
The digital cultural heritage initiative develops solutions to improve the interoperability of information and information systems. The joint services and shared overall architecture ensure the interoperability of information systems and information in the cultural heritage field as part of various ecosystems, for example, in education, culture, science and public administration.
The goal is to increase the visibility and usability of contents and services in society. For this reason, the digital cultural heritage initiative also cooperates with open science actors.
Digime website and the National Digital Library project
The digital cultural heritage initiative continues the work of the National Digital Library (KDK) project of the Ministry of Education and Culture carried out in 2008–2017. The Digime website of the National Library of Finland is responsible for communications as a whole.