pagode second general assembly

The second general assembly of PAGODE project is set on 22 June 2021 in an online meeting, to review the progress of the project and to plan the project’s activities in the final period: PAGODE is in facts going to end on 30 September 2021.

The uncertainities of the covid -19 evolution forced the project team to review the tasks originally foreseen for the project’s conclusion. Due to safety reasons, physical meetings are in facts not advisable and this caused the need to consider alternative ways of engaging audiences and of transferring knowledge to colleagues and pros.

PAGODE’s end will therefore be celebrated with

  • PAGODE Digital Festival, a series of short online seminars to discover beautiful collections of Chinese heritage, in the period May – September (go to programme)
  • Final Conference, an online event on 23-24 September 2021 (programme coming soon)
  • PAGODE book, an exclusive and high-profile publication, to tell the stories of the project and to share beautiful images of cultural heritage content

During the General Assembly, more details will be unveiled about these initiatives. Additionally the status of all the project’s activities will be reviewed, with a particular attention to the development of the upcoming Europeana China virtual exhibition. The meeting is open to partners and associate partners, with a special invitation also forwarded to the HaDEA agency of European Commission, for the possible participation of the PAGODE ‘s Project Officer..

General Assembly, tentative agenda

9,00 – 9,30          Online check-in

9,30 – 10,00       Reserved session: only for the beneficiaries

Activity 1 Project Management and finances (MISE & Promoter)

Morning session: 10,00 am – 12,00 pm CET

10,00 – 10,15     Welcome by the Coordinator and by the Project Officer

10,15 – 10,20     Approval of the agenda and introduction by the Technical Coordinator

10,20 – 11,00     The thematic space of Europeana China Feature Page (Photoconsortium and Europeana Foundation)

11,00 – 11,40     Activity 2 Annotation and ingestion to Europeana (Photoconsortium, Europeana Foundation, NTUA) with participation of all PAGODE content providers

                                The annotation pilot

                                Ingestion to Europeana

11,40 – 12,00     Q&A and wrap-up of the morning session

Afternoon session: 2,00 pm – 4,00 pm CET

14,00 – 14,15     Activity 3 Digitisation (KIK-IRPA & United Archives)

14,15 – 14,30     Activity 4 Enrichment (PostScriptum)

14,30 – 15,30     Activity 5 Communication, dissemination, user engagement and sustainability

                                Website, blog, Europeana China space on WITH (Promoter)

                                Liaison with China (PostScriptum)

                                PAGODE Digital Festival (Photoconsortium)

                                PAGODE Final Conference (KIK-IRPA & University of Ljubljana)

15,30 – 16,00     Discussion 16,00     Conclusions of the meeting

img. Promoter Digital Gallery CC-BY-SA. Part of the house of a wealthy family, signed by A. Bertrand. Engraving from the book “Viaggio in Cina” by J. Thompson and T. Choutzé, illustrated with 167 engravings. In the book the name is mispelled as Thompson, but the author is the Scottish photographer and traveller John Thomson (1837-1921), while T. Choutzé (朱茨) is the pseudonym of Gabriel Devéria (1844-1899), a French diplomat and interpreter who worked and travelled in China.

PAGODE – Europeana China is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility Programme of the European Union, under GA n. INEA/CEF/ICT/A2019/1931839

Europeana China Feature Page

PHOTOCONSORTIUM, International Consortium for Photographic Heritage, and EUROPEANA, the European Commission’s digital platform for cultural heritage are proud to present a prime accomplishment of PAGODE – Europeana China. This project, aimed at creating a dedicated thematic space that highlights and celebrates Chinese heritage in Europe, officially launches a feature page on April 4th, showcasing a variety of Chinese and China-related cultural heritage items and resources from European cultural institutions such as museums, libraries and photographic archives.

“International exchanges have been and are still at the basis of the evolution of our society. In particular, this is true in the relationships between Europe and China. While goods are moving and determining the economic values of these exchanges, people move with their ideas and cultures. Mutual understanding and acknowledging the value of the variety of cultural heritage in the world is key to support the creation of healthy spaces for business development.” says dr. Mauro Fazio, Italian Ministry of Economic Development, the PAGODE project coordinator. “Digitisation, curation and access to digital treasures of Chinese heritage held in European institutions, as the main objectives of this project, are expected to contribute to the process of digital transformation in the light of a more inclusive, equal and global growth.”

Jolan Wuyts, Collections Editor at Europeana: “In Europeana we have the opportunity to highlight collections that can be otherwise underrepresented, showcasing Chinese Heritage in European collections is one of those opportunities. The PAGODE project enables users to dive into Chinese heritage collections while at the same time being guided by important context and curation from PAGODE project partners. Collecting these editorials in a single feature page allows Europeana to give a platform to PAGODE’s curation efforts and other editorial on Chinese heritage in one place.”


Themed galleries, blog posts and curated  digital content will guide visitors through  this online treasure trove. Image by image, story by story, visitors can  immerse themselves in the rich narratives of two worlds that have been meeting and mixing for centuries. The feature page will offer ample opportunity for discovering the stories of Empress Cixi, of the mandarin duck, of the Chinese junk, and exploring thousands of curiosities and stunning images of Chinese heritage in Europe. To be added to the page in  September 2021 is a virtual exhibition of Chinese heritage and art in Europe.


img. Peasant Paintings from Huhsien Country, Peking 1976, 55. CC-BY Bai Tianxue, Östasiatiska museet via Europeana

PAGODE – Europeana China is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility Programme of the European Union, under GA n. INEA/CEF/ICT/A2019/1931839

pagode general assembly

On 26 January the General Assembly of PAGODE project was called in an online meeting, to review the progress of the project and to plan the next activities for the remaining months. PAGODE is in facts going to end on 30 September 2021.

A very busy period is therefore ahead: with digitization to be completed; massive ingestion of new collections to be published in Europeana; a second round of the crowdsourcing campaign; automated metadata enrichments via Artificial Intelligence; and the preparation and launch of the PAGODE exhibition to be presented online as a virtual exhibition in Europeana, and to be hopefully inaugurated in physical form at the Museum of Graphics in Pisa, on 24th September, accompained with a collection day to engage local Chinese communities sharing photographs from family albums. The very last event of the project will then be on 27-28 September with the final conference organized by KIK-IRPA, unless travel restrictions will apply..

The meeting was open to partners and associate partners and included a presentation of the upcoming Europeana China thematic space, that will highlight in Europeana portal all the contents and editorials delivered by the PAGODE project.

img. screenshot from the Zoom meeting courtesy of Postscriptum.

PAGODE – Europeana China is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility Programme of the European Union, under GA n. INEA/CEF/ICT/A2019/1931839

kick-off meeting

The launch of PAGODE was originally organized with a double event in Rome, hosted by coordinator MISE the Italian Ministry of Economic Development in the prestigious venue of via Molise, including the operative meeting reserved to project partners and a open event for associate partner and other stakeholders, with invited guests from Europe and from China. Due to the unprecedented circumstances connected to the COVID-19 crisis, we were forced to change our plans.

The operative meeting reserved to partners took place on 2nd April via a conference call, including the remote participation of our project officer Mrs. Kyriaki Tragouda from INEA. During this call we reviewed the operative plans of the project, aligned the various activities among all the partners and discussed with Europeana colleagues the best schedule for project’s editorials and for the creation of the new “Europeana China” thematic collection in the online portal.

The open meeting for associate partners and stakeholders will be rescheduled in due date, once the coronavirus will be behind all of us!

img. courtesy MISE

PAGODE – Europeana China is co-financed by the Connecting Europe Facility Programme of the European Union, under GA n. INEA/CEF/ICT/A2019/1931839