• 22 June 2023

Extra financial resources for findability of digital heritage

As an organization, are you planning to improve the findability of your digital heritage? Do you want to give more context to your heritage by connecting it to other collections? Or do you have a great idea to present this connected heritage to your audience?

The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has made additional financial resources available to the Digital Heritage Network to support you in this endeavor.

Reach more audiences with your heritage collection
With the supply of digital heritage, a rich resource is available to anyone interested in heritage and wanting to use it. By working according to the same agreements and standards as much as possible, this heritage becomes digitally accessible to a wide audience. Within the Digital Heritage Network (NDE) this is called 'NDE-compatible working'. In the coming period there will be additional opportunities for heritage organizations to take accelerated steps in this area. Even better: the Ministry of OCW has allocated additional financial resources to NDE for this purpose.

This is how heritage organizations become NDE-compatible
Together with all kinds of partners in the network, agreements have been made to connect heritage in an even better way. This means that:
- use durable identifiers to avoid, for example, the well-known 404 message;
- linking to URIs of standardized terms via the Terminology network;
- heritage information is published as linked (open) data;
- datasets are made findable for others via the Dataset Registry;
- use IIIF for access to image collections.

Agreements have also been made for public applications, for example with managers of provincial or thematic heritage applications. They can become NDE-compatible by setting up their applications based on linked open data and the Dataset Registry.

Getting started
Organizations that want to take steps with their digital heritage can now submit a project proposal to become NDE-compatible on an accelerated basis. More information can be found at