Online accessibility of Europe's digital culture requires the right conditions for proceeding with digitisation, online accessibility and the preservation of cultural content.
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.
The Commission monitors the progress made by the Member States in implementing the Recommendation 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:
The Commission Recommendation invites the Member States to inform the Commission every two years of action taken in response to it.
Member States regularly report on the progress they are making by implementing the 2011 Recommendation on digitisation, online accessibility and digital preservation, and its predecessor. Member States are moving forward progressively but a lot has still to be achieved.
The Recommendation invites Member States to:
The Education, Youth and Culture (EYC) Council adopted conclusions on the digitisation and online accessibility of cultural material and digital preservation on 10 May 2012.
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.