The Commission set up a Reflexion Group on how to best take Europe's cultural heritage online, with three personalities, Maurice Lévy (CEO of Publicis), Elisabeth Niggemann (Head of German National Library) and Jacques de Decker (writer) know as the 'Comité des sages' which produced its report on 10 January 2010. The report "The New Renaissance" underlines the economic and social potential of bringing Europe's heritage online. The recommendations concern all areas relevant to the fostering of digitisation efforts undertaken by libraries, museums and archives in Europe with the main objective of considerably increasing the online content available through Europeana.
The European Commission adopted the Commission Recommendation on the digitisation and online accessibility of cultural material and digital preservation in 2011. The Recommendation encourages partnerships between cultural institutions and the private sector in order to create new ways of funding the digitisation of cultural material and of stimulating innovative uses of the material, while ensuring that public private partnerships for digitisation are fair and balanced.
The Digital Libraries initiative aims to make Europe's cultural resources and scientific records accessible to all, and to preserve them for future generations, by creating electronic versions of the material in Europe's libraries, archives and museums. The initiative aims to improve the framework conditions for digitisation and digital libraries and to provide co-funding for relevant projects through EU programmes.
Theme: ICT - Information and Communication Technologies Research
Challenge 8: ICT for Learning and Access to Cultural Resources
The challenge addresses the need for flexible and efficient access to information and knowledge, for educational, training and cultural purposes. It focuses on advances in how we learn through ICT and on enhancing the meaning and experiences we gain from digital cultural and scientific resources.
The aim is to exploit Europe’s vast and unique cultural resources and learning traditions as a source of innovation and creativity, for businesses, researchers, educational organisations and the general public.
Objective ICT-2011.8.2 ICT for access to cultural resources Target outcomes of this objective are: