Le site internet Cheminsdememoire - un moyen moderne
A modern medium The website was inaugurated by the War Veterans Minister in February 2004. An inter-ministerial structure The need for such a structure was obvious given the context presented above. The inter-ministerial character has been established with the Ministry of Tourism while discussions are underway with the Ministry of Culture, and the ministries are already working together and beginning to create links between their official websites. A partnership agreement was signed on 9 February 2004 between the War Veterans Minister and the French Tourism Minister. The principle of this cooperation is to make common use of information technologies and communications to promote the knowledge of certain locations, given their importance as places significant for their tourist and remembrance value. This website was developed jointly and the supervision and administration falls to the DMPA (Directorate of Memory, Heritage and Archives). The Tourism network compiles the information, creates links with the various people involved in the remembrance aspect and helps update and choose the direction the site is to take. The practical objective is to create a network of 'remembrance and tourism' websites and partners from the tourism sector (French regional and departmental tourism committees, tourist offices, associations and unions, etc.) to enable the public to find information and to choose a destination to visit.
An editorial committee The Director of the DMPA decided to establish an editorial committee for the website on 19 May 2004. The role of the editorial committee is to: . Define an editorial policy for the website (i.e. the direction that it is to take, quality control and general coherence of the website, the nature and level of the information featured, knowledge and fulfilment of the internet users' expectations); . Propose structural developments for the website content; . Act as the official intermediary for the different structures represented within the committee.
The composition of the committee is as follows: . The Director of the DMPA (also President of the Committee), Jean-Paul Bodin or his delegated representative; . The Head of the Remembrance Operation, seconding the President, François Cavaignac; . The Director of Army Heritage, General Bernard Masson or his delegated representative; . The General Secretary of the Navy Heritage Commission, Commodore Jean-Louis Lefebvre or his delegated representative; . The Director of Air Force Heritage, General Hervé Remy or his delegated representative; . The Director of Police Force Heritage, General Yves Quentel or his delegated representative; . The Director of Armaments Heritage, Jean-Pierre Moreau or his delegated representative; . The Director of the Centre for Defence History Studies, Jean-Christophe Romer or his delegated representative; . The Director of Defence Information and Communication, Jean-François Bureau or his delegated representative; . The delegated representative of the Ministry of Tourism, Hervé Deperne; . The delegated representative of the Ministry of Culture, Rose-Marie Benoit; . Three qualified people were chosen by virtue of their interest in historical remembrance issues: François Cochet, Colonel Frédéric Guelton and Marie-José Lussien-Maisonneuve; . Experts according to requirements: the assistants of the Director of the DMPA, Paule René-Bazin and Philippe Navelot; the website administrator, Jean-Pierre Le Padellec; the head of the DMPA's communication division, Michèle Gaillard; the Deputy Director of Cultural and Educational Operations, Rose-Marie Antoine. The presidency is assured by the Director of the DMPA (Directorate of Memory, Heritage and Archives). The editorial committee meets as necessary and following convocation by the President or when requested by a majority of its members. It can decide to meet as a plenary session or by working group. Currently, it meets twice a year (in June and December). The organisation and the secretarial work connected to its meetings are the responsibility of the Remembrance Operation division.
The bureau The editorial committee designates a team known as the 'bureau' from its members which is responsible for ensuring that the decisions taken by the committee are implemented efficiently. This bureau is comprised of 4 persons: . The delegated representative of the Ministry of Tourism, Hervé Deperne; . The delegated representative of the Ministry of Culture and Communication, Rose-Marie Benoit; . Colonel Frédéric Guelton, in his capacity as a qualified person; . The head of the DMPA Remembrance Operation, François Cavaignac. The technical administrator of the website, Jean-Pierre Le Padellec, is an ex-officio member. The role of the bureau is to: . Implement the editorial policy defined by the editorial committee (piloting, control and evaluation of all the website text and image content, as well as technological and navigational aspects), . Prepare progress reports to the editorial committee.
The content of the website The website features: the partners, the emblematic sites classed by region and by theme, news about places of remembrance, news about various cultural events (biographies, libraries, photo galleries), links with other websites, practical information, a resources area, a recreational area (quiz, games), previously unpublished photos, and virtual visits. The website content is in 3 languages (French, German and English), while some pages are available in Dutch. The contents of the site are being gradually enlarged to cover other related themes. Producing the website articles and exchanging information: The department in charge of managing the website is responsible for the production of the articles featured on the website according to the documentation available or the choices made by the bureau when it decides to highlight a given historical subject or remembrance issue. The rest of the information comes from partners and is either integrated directly, mentioning references, or a link is provided to the site where it can be found. If you wish to provide us with original or new information, please send it to us via the 'Contacts' section. The members of the bureau will study all contributions and will inform you should your proposal be accepted. Consultation methods: According to themed or geographical approaches, a reactive search engine and a user-friendly site map.