This all requires close collaboration between Member States and cultural institutions, and also between these cultural institutions and other stakeholders.
The European Commission fuels the policy debate and brings stakeholders together to improve the framework conditions for digitisation and digital preservation through the Commission’s Recommendation of 27 October 2011 on the digitisation and online accessibility of cultural material and digital preservation, an update of a Recommendation issued in 2006.
The Recommendation invites Member States to:
At its meeting on 10 May 2012, the Education, Youth and Culture (EYC) Council adopted conclusions on the digitisation and online accessibility of cultural material and digital preservation on the basis of the Commission's Recommendation of 27 October 2011.
In its conclusions, the Council invites the Member States to:
In the Annex to its conclusions, the Council sets out a number of priority actions as well as an indicative timetable for work by the Member States in the years 2012-2015 in order to achieve these objectives.
Monitoring the progress made by Member States
The Commission is monitoring the progress made by the Member States in implementing the Recommendation for each of its headings below. This progress is monitored with the help of a Member States' Expert Group, which brings together civil servants and representatives of cultural institutions from each Member State.
More information about the different areas of the recommendation: