"Comité des Sages" on Bringing Europe's Cultural Heritage Online
What was achieved ?
The "Comité des Sages" presented its report "The New Renaissance" on 10 January 2011.
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1) Terms of reference of the Comité des Sages on bringing Europe's cultural heritage online, 2) Overview of the results of the online consultation, 3) Summary of the public hearing, 4) Results of the Cap Gemini technical audit of Europeana, 5) Report of the study into the cost of digitisation by the UK Collections Trust.
When was the group set up?
The "Comité des Sages" (Reflection Group) was set up in April 2010 by Vice President responsible for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes and Commissioner in charge for Education and Culture Androulla Vassiliou.
Who were its members?
What were the group's objectives?
The task of the Group was to make recommendations to the European Commission, European cultural institutions and any stakeholders, on ways and means to make Europe's cultural heritage and creativity available on the Internet and to preserve it for future generations, looking in particular at funding sources, at how cultural organisations and the private sector can interact in the digital age, and at responsibilities and solutions for digitising material that is in the public domain or still in copyright. Terms of reference.
How was the consultation process organised?
The "Comité des Sages" launched a consultation process to feed its reflection and subsequent recommendations. The consultation covered key issues such as the sources of funding for digitisation, the exploitation models of content digitised with public funding, and the conditions governing public-private partnerships for digitisation. The Comité gathered the views of stakeholders and the general public and organised, amongst others, an online consultation and a public hearing.
- Online consultation: A public consultation was organised with a number of closed questions. Deadline for submission was the 30 September 2010.
- Public hearing: The "Comité des sages" held a public hearing on 28 October 2010 in Brussels.