ACTIVITY REPORT AND MILESTONE DOCUMENTS
MILESTONE 01: Selection and Digitisation Plan
This is the first milestone published by the consortium of the Action “The Art of Reading in the Middle Ages” (ARMA). The ARMA Action will show how medieval reading culture evolved and became a fundament of European culture and a European movement, using manuscripts and early printed books that were produced between c. 500 and c. 1550. The consortium partners will do so by bringing together digital collections of such medieval artefacts in Europeana and using these and other collections to create additional educational content and context.
This report is the result of Activity 1, Selection of Content. This Activity ran from 1 October 2020 (the start date of the ARMA Action) until the end of January 2021. The report presents a selection plan of the identified content and a digitisation plan. The list per partner will show metadata models used for content description, image quality and educational purposes and will be the basis for evaluating the necessary improvements in data quality according to the Europeana Publishing Framework (EPF). (Action (2019-EU-IA-0032) Grant Agreement, Annex 1, p.10).
MILESTONE 02: Completed ingestion of digitized objects into Europeana CSP
MILESTONE 03: Recommendations on the implementation of IIIF
The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) is an important protocol to share and use digitised images in high quality, but is not yet widely implemented across cultural heritage institutions in Europe. For this reason, the ARMA project paid special attention to the implementation and use of this protocol with all the partners, including Europeana.
MILESTONE 04: Selection of Outstanding objects
MILESTONE 05: Knowledge exchange
During the Action the working group – consisting of curators and educators from the partner countries – held several web meetings, discussing a variety of subjects. This knowledge exchange resulted in a series of recommendations. The working group intends to continue the knowledge exchange after the end of the Action and to involve colleagues from other countries to strengthen the position of medieval cultural heritage in an educational context.
MILESTONE 06: Publication of the Engagement Plan
Engagement plan is describing how the ARMA consortium will achieve audience development based on the use of collection presentations and datasets, social media, blogs, galleries and a curated online exhibition. The plan also outlines which partners we will be involved and how the material will be incorporated into relevant education platforms.
MILESTONE 07: Online Exhibition
The online exhibition consists of chapters combining collections from project partners around six main perspectives:
MILESTONE 08: Sustainability Plan
The ARMA sustainability plan is based on the commitments and endeavours of project partners and Europeana Foundation as the operator of the Europeana Core Service Platform.
The knowledge generated through the project has been collected and showcased on the project website and will remain accessible. The consortium partners will continue communicating about the project results to their local communities and other stakeholders in their networks. The Action took every step (i) to ensure the accessibility of the created content for at least 3 years after the end of the project, (ii) to document the outcomes (eg. recommendations, specifications) that can guide future projects in the domain, and (iii) to contextualise delivered medieval objects through editorial and educational resources.
MILESTONE 09: Online Editorials
Activity outcomes offer a viable variety of options for end-users to discover, use and engage with content that they like. For people who are interested in manuscripts and the culture of the Middle Ages, this Action proposes an unprecedented approach to showcase relevant and trusted material, selected and curated by Europe’s most relevant institutions and digitised from the most relevant collections. For people who teach about the topic, the proposed Action delivers tools and means to do this as effectively as possible, with 20 editorial outputs about the topic of the Art of Reading in the Middle Ages.
Browse through ARMA ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES: https://www.medieval-reads.eu/activities
See BLOG POSTS: https://www.medieval-reads.eu/activities/blogs
Find out more on TEACHING AND LEARNING: https://www.medieval-reads.eu/activities/learning