Giuseppe Abbamonte, Director for the European Commission's Communications Networks, Content and Technology spoke at the event on the digitisation of cultural material, inviting the cultural institutions and museums across Europe to digitise more and better, share and allow reuse of cultural digital content.
More than 150 experts attended the Digitisation Days, representing companies, research centres and cultural heritage institutions from all over the world – including countries as diverse as Japan, Australia, Bulgaria, Germany, the Czech Republic, and Argentina.
The experts discussed, analysed, and presented the latest innovations in digitisation of historical text, in the framework of the DATeCH International Conference (Digital access to Cultural Heritage Textual). In addition, the Digitisation Days also hosted panel discussions on digitisation policies, intellectual property rights, and other hot topics in the digitisation domain, as well as a technology exhibition.
The Succeed awards ceremony recognised innovation on digitisation programs. Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (University of Saint John’s, Collegeville, USA) and the Center for Advanced Studies of the Renaissance (Tours). Two commendations of merit were also delivered to the Spanish company Tecnilógica, and to the London Metropolitan Archive.
The ceremony was chaired by Mario Vargas Llosa, Nobel laureate in Literature 2010 and President of the Virtual Library Miguel de Cervantes Foundation.