Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

About Digital Culture

Cultural Heritage -subchapter-
Making the collections held by Europe's libraries, archives, museums and audiovisual archives available online is a win-win for culture, economic growth and individual fulfillment.
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Digitising Europe's cultural heritage, making it accessible online and preserving it for future generations is one of the challenges of the Digital Agenda for Europe. The objective is thus to make the collections held by Europe's libraries, museums, galleries and archives and audiovisual archives available online – vast numbers of books, paintings, museum objects, archival records, periodicals and millions of hours of film and video covering the whole of Europe's rich diverse history and culture.

As single access point to Europe's digital culture, Europeana ( provides access to culture for all, including for education, work and leisure, and serves as a hub for the creative industries and innovative re-use of cultural material. With the help of ICT, Europeana thus turns Europe's cultural heritage into a lasting asset for citizens and the economy.

The European Commission:

The EU's Member States:

  • Provide most of the funding for digitisation as part of their policies for culture and for the information society. They contribute to the policy debate and implement decisions taken jointly at European level.
  • Partake in the policy debate and implement decisions taken jointly at European level through the Member States' Expert Group
  • Contribute to the development of Europeana by means of national aggregators (e.g. cultura italia, Culture Grid,, Hispana)
  • Collect, catalogue, preserve and restore Europe's film heritage so that it can be passed on to future generations. Unpon the Recommendation on Film Heritage, every two years, they need to inform the Commission of what they have done.

Cultural institutions:

  • Drive the creation of Europeana and provide digitised content

There are also several projects on Digital Culture mostly for Europeana, co-funded by the European Union’s CIP ICT-PSP Programme (Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme).