MICHAEL-culture.org - A Gateway for Collections: Open Access through Open Source Technology. How MICHAEL's Technique Works
The MICHAEL European Service provides access to a multilingual inventory of the digitised cultural heritage in Europe. To achieve this data is gathered from regional and national inventories provided by participating countries. Michael release includes an open source software platform based on standards, a shared data model and an organisation based on a distributed architecture using the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) to gather the contents developed by the separate regional and national instances. The presentation will focus on the technical aspects of the developments provided by the Michael project to achieve their goals. Michael multilingual functionalities are a major part of the service and will also be detailed.