Digital cultural heritage initiative

Ministry of Education and Culture
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

The digital cultural heritage initiative continues the work that was started as the National Digital Library (NDL) project between 2008 and 2017.
The goal of the digital cultural heritage initiative is to maintain the services that help improve the availability and digital preservation of information resources. The initiative also promotes collaborative efforts between archives, libraries and museums, enhances their expertise, and improves the interoperability between different information and data systems.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

There are two national services financed by the Digital cultural heritage initiative:
Finna ( helps bring the digital datasets of archives, libraries and museums to the wider public. The National Library of Finland maintains Finna service and develops it in constant collaboration with archives, libraries, museums and various other partners. Users of Finna can search from 16.5 million objects (2.1 million digitized) from 369 institutions. There are 43 million visits annually in Finna services.
The Digital Preservation (DP) Service for Cultural Heritage is used to ensure their digital preservation. CSC - IT Center for Science is responsible for the Digital Preservation system and its development.
With the help of shared services and solutions the interoperability between the cultural heritage sector's information systems and information as part of various ecosystems can be secured. The goal is to increase the societal visibility and usability of contents and services. A digital cultural heritage that is available to all and part of everyday life helps promote social diversity, interaction and participation.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 


Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
CSC – IT Centre for Science
Public Sector
National Library of Finland
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

When the results of all project periods of the National Digital Library project (2008-2017) were assessed by an external evaluator, it was noted that the NDL project had achieved all of its goals in all sub-areas either well or quite well. The recommendations for the successor of the NDL, the Digital Cultural Heritage initiative, were as follows:
* sustainable structure and sufficient resources
* clear roles and responsibilities, active co-ordination, effective deployment and monitoring of the impact
* analysis of the future development in the operating environment
* introduction of the joint services, increasing their usage and improving the awareness of the services.

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Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)