The MICHAEL project was a partnership between France, Italy and the UK to deploy a cultural portal platform that was developed in France. MICHAEL Plus then extended the MICHAEL project to the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. The two projects were closely aligned. The projects focussed on the integration of national initiatives in digitisation of the cultural heritage and interoperability between national cultural portals to promote access to digital contents from museums, libraries and archives.
The projects have established this international online service, to allow users to search, browse and examine descriptions of resources held in institutions from across Europe. The project’s aim was to provide access to European digital collections through this information service and potentially to other services, for example for education, research or tourism.