Cultural Heritage Östergötland will be the joint arena for everyone engaged in cultural heritage in the region. The aim of Cultural Heritage Östergötland is to make our cultural heritage available to everyone.
Cultural Heritage Östergötland gathers and coordinates all the actors who are engaged in the history and cultural heritage of the region. The network includes local museums, archives, local folklore societies, cultural institutions, authorities and projects. Contacts are made both through the home page and through actual meetings in the form of, for example courses, network meetings, seminars and project days.
Cultural Heritage Östergötland leads and gives guidance in the digitalisation of our cultural heritage, to increase the number of databases and to successively expand their content. The databases should be easily accessible through the home page, which works as a portal, both to the databases and to other information about the history, cultural heritage, cultural settings and cultural tourism sites.
The Gateway to History
Knowledge about the cultural heritage of the region and all the material contained in the databases, such as cultural settings, collections and archives are an important source for teaching history in schools. Cultural Heritage Östergötland makes the local history material on the Net readily accessible.
A special Internet portal offers links to cultural settings, and collects information on successful school teaching projects in which local cultural heritage has been used, making it available to other schools.
The History of Östergötland
The interest there is for the history of Östergötland stems from the fact that many people feel personally involved. The great majority have become involved through all the exciting narratives about events, people, phenomena and places in the history of the region. The history of Östergötland is being written on the Internet, and will consist of a time axle, clear descriptions of the periods, searchable maps, a large number of articles and links to more in-depth material, etc.
Cultural Heritage Östergötland is run as an independent project with Östergötland County Museum as the organisational host. The project is backed by everyone in the network. However, some have more distinct roles than others, as employers and financers. This concerns principally Östergötland County Museum, Linköping University, the County Administrative Board and Östergötland County Council.
Cultural Heritage Östergötland is led by a managerial group. This includes representatives for the project owners and the municipalities. The group takes strategic decisions about the activities and future of the project. The managerial group for Cultural Heritage Östergötland is also the project management group for the Cultural Heritage Agenda. There is also a reference group consisting of all the major participants in the project. The reference group keep themselves informed about activities in Cultural Heritage Östergötland, and give advice on how activities should be developed.
The activities of Cultural Heritage Östergötland are run as more or less independent projects. Each project has its own organisation. The separate projects are often financed independently of the overall project.
About twice a year, everyone involved in the various activities of Cultural Heritage Östergötland is invited to project days, where progress reports are presented and there are joint discussions.
The foremost resource that Cultural Heritage Östergötland has at its disposal is the knowledge in the network about cultural heritage matters. By creating a joint arena for cultural heritage, this knowledge can be used more and in a better way than if it was fragmented and dispersed. Current databases with cultural heritage information, together with those under construction are an important resource.
Cultural Heritage Östergötland has a coordinator employed by the county museum, a web designer and an editor for the History Portal. The work is otherwise done by the network participants; through their engagement, they contribute to the development of the joint project.
As the host for Cultural Heritage Östergötland, the county museum pays for some of the administrative costs and practical tasks that are necessary for the running of the project.
The project is financed in two ways. Partly by what has now become an annual subsidy from Östergötland County Council, and partly by project funds and payments for assignments from a number of sources.
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