Introduction: Cultural and Heritage Networks in an Age of Migrations
This chapter explores how European cultural networks and cultural cooperation can be strengthened, looking at the features of successful cultural networks and experimental laboratories for cooperation across Europe. Trans-national and trans-local connections between museums, libraries and other public cultural institutions are explored for their potential to allow more flexible and heterogenic connections within the European/Mediterranean space. The chapter shows the original and experimental laboratories for cooperation and networking led by a range of diverse initiatives and institutions, such as the international Living Library initiative, the Scottish GRAMNet institutional network and the Italian local cultural association SUDLAB. Some reflection will also be given to experimenting with younger and older audiences at the Idea Stores in the United Kingdom and to trans-disciplinary information frameworks at trans-European level with Europeana's Cultural Commons and Europeana Data Model and at global level with the Biodiversity Heritage Library.