Monday, June 13, 2011

The story of the #Netherlands

The Netherlands has a rich cultural heritage, there are many buildings, museums, archives that show how the Netherlands changed over time. Buildings, waterworks, the documents, the paintings they represent the stories, the history of the Netherlands.

These stories need to be told and, told again. This is how an cultural awareness evolves. In this day and age, the Internet is the medium for telling stories. "Erfgoed Nederland" or Dutch Heritage has been the organisation who helped the Dutch GLAM get their message out.

As the global economy and the Dutch economy is making a turn for the worst, it has been announced that there will be no more money for telling our stories from 2013. This will isolate the Dutch museums, archives and libraries, it will become even harder to tell our story. The benefit of shared resources will disappear. Our cultural heritage will be marginalised and in this way becomes a target for further cutbacks.

The Dutch chapter has been really happy with its cooperation with Erfgoed Nederland. It will want to come up with a plan to make sure that the stories will still be told.

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