Policy and legislation :: Digital Libraries
25 August 2006
The Recommendation aims at bringing out the full economic and cultural potential of Europe’s cultural and scientific heritage through the Internet. It is part of the Commission’s strategy for the digitisation, online accessibility and digital preservation of Europe's cultural and scientific heritage as set out in the Commission Communication ‘i2010: digital libraries’ of 30 September 2005, COM(2005)465 final.
The digital libraries initiative aims at enabling all Europeans to access Europe's collective memory and use it for education, work, leisure and creativity. The efforts in this area will contribute to Europe’s competitiveness and will support European Union action in the field of culture:
The measures put forward in the Recommendation should lead to a more coordinated approach in the Member States to key issues for digitisation, online accessibility and digital preservation, and help create a multilingual common access point to Europe's distributed digital cultural heritage.
Please note that the texts of the Recommendation published below are provisional and subject to amendment. Only the versions that will be published in the "Official Journal of the European Union" in the coming weeks are authentic.