Tenth Festival of Croatian Digitisation Projects held
Digital unification, the development of cooperative digital objects management systems and the efficient promotion of the digitisation of cultural heritage in Croatia were the central themes of this year’s, Tenth Festival of Croatian Digitisation Projects, which was held online on 6 and 7 May 2021.
The Festival’s celebratory edition was opened on 6 May 2021 by the State Secretary at the Croatian Ministry of Culture and Media Dr Ivica Poljičak and Director General of the National and University Library in Zagreb Dr Ivanka Stričević.
The festival programme once again provided a dynamic platform bringing together digitisation professionals and offering a wide range of opportunities for professional debate and exchange of ideas relating to the latest developments in digitisation, this year also offering a special ten-year overview of the Festival’s programme and different ways in which it has so far served as a point of encounter and creative exchange for digitisation professionals in the heritage sector.
The Festival’s first day presented an overview of the two decades of work on the normative and structural prerequisites for the development of the Croatian Digital Library and three decades of the implementation of various digitisation projects in Croatia’s heritage sector. Also, it presented the results of the first year of e-Culture – Digitization of cultural heritage, a national project that the Croatian Ministry of Culture and Media is running in partnership with the Library, Croatian State Archives, Croatian Radio Television and Museum of Arts and Crafts, with the aim of setting up the central system for accessing digital heritage in Croatia.
The second day of the Festival’s programme focused on issues related to digitisation and copyright in Croatia, with regard to the new copyright and related rights act (Zakon o autorskom pravu i srodnim pravima), in which context the speakers presented several digitisation projects whose realisation was particularly affected by copyright issues. Highlights also included talks thematising digital humanities in terms of the use of digital heritage in research and heritage interpretation, as well as those presenting digitisation projects aimed at protecting heritage and making it available for educational purposes and the wider public.
The two-day programme also presented four interesting online exhibitions.