Aims and Visions
"CultureNet Denmark will provide Danish citizens who are interested in culture with
integrated Internet access to the official Danish cultural collections. In addition, CultureNet
Denmark will also provide access to user-friendly information about current and forth-
coming cultural events, as well as the activities of the official Danish cultural institutions.
CultureNet Denmark will also contain references to cultural activities that are external to
the official cultural institutions.
The use of CultureNet Denmark will be free of charge.
CultureNet Denmark is based on a collaboration between the cultural institutions under
the Ministry of Culture.The individual institutions are responsible for their own contri-
butions in accordance with the general guidelines for CultureNet Denmark." (KulturNet
Denmark web site)
KulturNet Denmark serves as the public front end of a public service obligation defined
by the Ministry of Culture.This public service obligation obliges the Danish cultural
heritage sector to not only archive cultural heritage resources but to digitise, make available
to the public and communicate cultural content over the Internet, free of charge.
The KulturNet Model
KulturNet Denmark stands as an example of a whole range of initiatives within the cultural
sectors to link up online resources by developing both the necessary infrastructure and content
based around the concept of developing a central "portal" to cultural resources online.
There are two basic portal models that vary in scale as well as objectives:
"Cultural Gateways" are centrally co-ordinated web-based gateways which offer
access to accredited web sites, with limited original content or other resources
available at the gateway site.
"Cultural Networks" are also centrally co-ordinated networks of digitised resources
collated from a number of participating organisations all directly accessible through
the central portal.The portal owner manages the digital resources and enables
searching across a number of sites. (cf. QUEST, 2000: p. 33)
KulturNet Denmark falls under the first category of portals that serve as central access
point to the cultural institutions that are under the auspices of the Danish Ministry of
Culture. KulturNet Denmark is based on a very decentralised model, and informal working
relationship between the KulturNet Secretariat and the member organisations.
As such, the member institutions of KulturNet are responsible for their own
contributions, in accordance with general guidelines. One of the advantages of a
decentralised model is that the member institutions still remain autonomous, yet if
particular objectives such as cross-sector search are to be realised, such a decentralised model
may act as an obstacle.Yet, in Denmark the model has proven successful as given the
rather limited financial resources available it provides the flexibility necessary to grow the
The organisational structure of KulturNet Denmark is threefold and consists of the
Ministry of Culture, as strategic body, the Steering Committee, as consulting body and the
KulturNet Secretariat, as administrative body.The strategic decision making is done by the
Ministry of Culture with the advise of a Steering Committee.
The KulturNet Secretariat is the operative branch and manages the gateway to Danish
culture on a day to day basis, and also maintains contact with citizens and the member
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