Knowledge Integration

Towards a National Collection – Making it FAIR

Towards a National Collection (TaNC) is taking the first steps towards creating a unified virtual ‘national collection’ from museums, archives, libraries and galleries.

TaNC is a five year programme funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Strategic Priorities Fund and delivered by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The end goal is a national collection, designed to aid researchers in the arts and humanities and to promote UK institutions on the world stage.

As the original developers of Culture Grid and long term supporters of Europeana, Knowledge Integration has been a consistent supporter of initiatives, from organisations such as Collections Trust, to encourage sharing of data about collections.  We are pleased to now support the TaNC initiative and to collaborate with like-minded organisations in one of the projects funded under the initiative.

Making it FAIR: understanding the lockdown ‘digital divide’ and the implications for the development of UK digital infrastructures” is a 6 month project led by University of York with Museum of London Archaeology, The Collections Trust, Culture24, The Audience Agency, Intelligent Heritage & Knowledge Integration as partners.  The project focuses on the challenges faced by smaller museums struggling to engage online with audiences during the current pandemic and beyond.  K-Int will provide knowledge, insight and open-source tools to help museums future-proof their digital assets in line with the FAIR data principles (data should be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).  The project will draw scalable lessons to inform the TaNC Discovery phase and future plans.

The project is described more fully on the Archaeology Data Service site with more information about all three projects funded by TaNC under the Covid-19 Urgency call available at

Blog banner image credit: Still frame taken from Towards a National Collection short animation on Vimeo.