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Development of the Virtual Cultural Space that Meets Public Needs

Source of project funding and value (EUR)

European Regional Development Fund. Project value: EUR 9,911,532

Project goal

Developing a gateway to digital cultural heritage

Project duration

18 June 2018 – 30 June 2021

Implementing organisation

Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania

Project description

The project with a duration of 36 months will be implemented in cooperation with project partners: 24 memory institutions, cultural institutions and educational institutions. The Digital Agenda for the Republic of Lithuania states that too little attention is paid to the use of digitised cultural content in Lithuania. It is also particularly relevant in the case of the digitised cultural content stored on the Virtual Information System of Electronic Heritage (hereinafter – VEPIS) and accessible via the portal.

The main problem is the underutilisation of VEPIS and the portal for the dissemination of digitised cultural heritage.

The problem and the factors contributing to it are broken down into several blocks:

  • the problems concerning the VEPIS infrastructure that pose obstacles for the consolidated provision of digitisation services;
  • lack of e-services based on digital cultural heritage content;
  • limited accessibility to cultural heritage content;
  • limited opportunities to use digitised content for educational and similar purposes.

The project is expected to include the following activities:

  • modernising VEPIS;
  • creating 9 new e-services;
  • developing new digital content;
  • actualizing digital content by creating 3 educational electronic tools.

Expected outcomes of the project:

The outcome of the project: creation of 9 new e-services that facilitate searches for digitised cultural content, its collection, management and use for educational, research or other purposes relevant for the users of the services provided by the portal: 

  1. The service that links digital content to a geographic location;
  2. Digital content management service;
  3. One-stop shop service;
  4. Digital content analysis and research service;
  5. Personalised virtual exhibition service;
  6. Service for providing the status of the work and licensing conditions;
  7. Sheet music player service;
  8. Map service;
  9. Virtual reality and augmented reality exposition service.

Other goals to be pursued during the project: more efficient and accurate searches for cultural objects; more interactive provision of information on cultural content; better dissemination of cultural content; and a larger collection of digitised items of cultural heritage.

Responsible contact at the National Library

Eugenijus Stratilatovas, Head of the project, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.