The European Commission is launching today a public consultation in view of the evaluation and possible revision of its main policy instrument to support the digital transformation of the cultural heritage sector.

Digitisation of cultural heritage, especially in high quality and with advanced technologies, can provide significant support to conservation, renovation, study and promotion of European cultural assets. In an age of accelerated global digital transformation, digitised cultural heritage items made available online are valuable resources for education, entertainment or further re-use. They also give a lot of visibility to Europe’s cultural diversity and can inspire a sense of belonging and shared European values.

The European Commission is evaluating Recommendation of 27 October 2011 on the digitisation and online accessibility of cultural material and digital preservation to make sure it is still fit to respond to the needs and challenges of the cultural heritage sector in an era of rapid and continuous technological changes.

Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the disruption of the sector’s traditional way of working, making the digital transformation of cultural heritage institutions  more relevant than ever. The Commission is seeking your view on the importance of digitisation and digital transformation in the cultural heritage sector and ways of supporting such processes. The consultation aims at collecting the views of Member State competent authorities, national and regional cultural heritage institutions, international and umbrella organisations and networks, the Europeana ecosystem of organisations and professionals, technology stakeholders such as companies, SMEs/entrepreneurs, research organisations, academia and citizens.

The online consultation for the evaluation of the Recommendation is now closed and we would like to thank all contributors.

The result of the open public consultation can be accessed thorugh the Better Regulation Portal.