What is the problem? Lack of sustainable financing for the Europeana service
For the moment there is no sustainable funding model for the central Europeana service providing access to Europe's digital cultural heritage.
More generally, the digitisation, online access to and digital preservation of a large part of Europe's cultural heritage is hindered by the lack of sustainable financing, as well as by the fragmentation and complexity of the current licensing system.
Why is the EU Action required? To find a solid and sustainable funding model for the Europeana service
Europeana – Europe's digital library - aims to give access to Europe's vast cultural resources to all Europeans.Europeana should be strengthened through sustainable financing and a favourable legal framework. Moreover, increased public funding is needed to finance large-scale digitisation, alongside initiatives with private partners provided that they allow a general accessibility of Europe's common cultural heritage online. Europe’s cultural heritage should also be made better accessible to all Europeans by advancing and using modern translation technologies.
In January 2011 the 'Comité des Sages' on bringing Europe's cultural heritage online' presented its final report "A New Renaissance" to the Commission. This report includes forward-looking recommendations on Europeana and on the funding of digitisation and digital preservation of cultural heritage.
This action is closely related to other DAE actions, namely Action 2 on "orphan works and out of print works".