3.4.4 Direct professional co-operation
The projects of professional international cooperation in the arts and culture in which Italy has engaged are countless, and a comprehensive picture cannot be drawn, given the fragmentation of the actors involved. This chapter will focus only on a few of the many significant international projects in the area of cultural goods and the performing arts.
Among the many programmes dealing with cultural goods, the Michael-Multilingual Inventory for Heritage in Europe should be singled out. The project was started in 2004by the Italian Ministry for Heritage in partnership with the French Ministryfor Culture and the UK Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, supported by the EU Commission in the framework of the Programme e-TEN (Electronic Trans-European Networks). Its aim is the creation of a Trans-European Portal for on line multilingual access to the digital cultural contents of France, the United Kingdom and Italy, through the adoption of common standards. Universities and the regions are involved in the project as well.
As for cooperation in the performing arts sector, two European projects previously carried out by ETI (the recently abolished national theatre institute: see chapter 5.3.2) and presently inherited by the Ministry for Heritage - are also worth mentioning: