This report on Digitisation, Online Accessibility and Digital Preservation of Cultural Material reviews and assesses the overall progress achieved in the European Union in implementing the Commission Recommendation of 27 October 2011 on the digitisation and online accessibility of cultural material and digital preservation (2011/711/EU), as well as the related Council Conclusions of 10 May 2012.
In this one day workshop prior to FENS 2016, scientists from the Allen Institute for Brain Science and from the Human Brain Project will discuss early findings that have emerged from data mining and analysis of work performed through both organizations. A hands on training session will include training in effectively using the publicly available tools from both projects.
The European Commission has found Italy's high-speed broadband plan, with a budget of about €4 billion, to be in line with EU state aid rules. The scheme will bring fast internet access to areas where it is currently not available, without unduly distorting competition.
The European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF) launched a €121 million guarantee initiative to support SMEs in the cultural and creative sectors via financial institutions. This scheme is expected to create more than €600 million worth of bank loans over the next six years.
Member States have been invited to reinforce their capacity to plan and implement broadband measures in ESIF programmes through Broadband Competence Offices (BCO) tailored to the regional and/or local situation. The European Commission is now planning to set up a Support Facility that will help BCOs share their experiences in a European network. Deadline for submitting applications is 12 September.
On 1 July 2016, the new rules on trust services under the eIDAS Regulation will come into effect in the 28 EU Member States repealing the 15 year-old eSignature Directive and modernising the legal framework for trust services.
This will be a turning point in the eIDAS journey and another big milestone towards a Digital Single Market.