European Heritage Network (HEREIN)
The HEREIN Network
The European Heritage Network (HEREIN) brings together 44 government departments responsible for cultural heritage under the umbrella of the Council of Europe. Since it was set up in 1999, the HEREIN network has become a reference point for government bodies, professionals, researchers, non-governmental organisations active in this field and all interested citizens.
The HEREIN Network is concerned with how cultural heritage policies are developing, and how they contribute to improving people’s living environment and to fostering intercultural dialogue. It facilitates co-operation among all Council of Europe member states by involving them in joint programmes, and it encourages the exchange of information on the role of heritage in a knowledge-based society.
The idea of HEREIN is to promote best practice and foster the adaptation of public authorities’ policies, thus contributing to improving governance methods for cultural heritage.
The HEREIN network offers a database and a thesaurus (see below).
The HEREIN Database
The HEREIN database provides an overview of the cultural heritage policies pursued in European countries. The information is provided and regularly updated by the national partners, who have nominated national coordinators.
HEREIN database offers the Council of Europe’s
Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) a tool for following up the implementation of the
Council of Europe's conventions
heritage in member states.
The new version of the HEREIN database (HEREIN 3) will be available by the end of 2012. Meanwhile, the previous 2009 version of the
HEREIN 2 database remains accessible online.
The HEREIN Thesaurus
The HEREIN network also offers a unique multilingual thesaurus, covering concepts and terms in the domain of heritage policies and programmes, with the aim of harmonising the description and the understanding of heritage policies throughout Europe.
The HEREIN Thesaurus, available in 14 languages, consists of about 700 terms connected by relationships such as hierarchy, equivalences, related terms and non-preferred terms. It is already possible to look at the different categories and search for words, their relationships and their equivalents in all available languages, although the thesaurus tool is still under development and a user interface is not available at this stage.
Charter on the functioning of the
European Heritage Network
HEREIN Coordinator and Thesaurus
Correspondent Profile (CDCPP version, May 2012)
HEREIN 3: Database Questions -
Multilingual thesaurus: working methods
HEREIN Thesaurus Editing Software
HEREIN 3 data input companion