Action 79: Propose a sustainable model for financing the Europeana digital library

What is the problem? Lack of sustainable financing for the Europeana service

For the moment there is no sustainable funding model for the central Europeana service providing access to Europe's digital cultural heritage.

More generally, the digitisation, online access to and digital preservation of a large part of Europe's cultural heritage is hindered by the lack of sustainable financing, as well as by the fragmentation and complexity of the current licensing system.

Why is the EU Action required? It is necessary to find a solid and sustainable funding model for the Europeana service providing access to Europe's cultural heritage, and to complement digitisation and preservation efforts by Member States.

Europeana – Europe's digital library - aims to give access to Europe's vast cultural resources to all Europeans.Europeana should be strengthened through sustainable financing and a favourable legal framework. Moreover, increased public funding is needed to finance large-scale digitisation, alongside initiatives with private partners provided that they allow a general accessibility of Europe's common cultural heritage online. Europe’s cultural heritage should also be made better accessible to all Europeans by advancing and using modern translation technologies.

In January 2011 the 'Comité des Sages' on bringing Europe's cultural heritage online' presented its final report "A New Renaissance" to the Commission. This report includes forward-looking recommendations on Europeana and on the funding of digitisation and digital preservation of cultural heritage.

This action is closely related to other DAE actions, namely Action 2 on "orphan works and out of print works".

What has the Commission done so far?

The Commission adopted a Recommendation on digitisation and digital preservation on 27 October 2011.

Europeana is part of the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) proposal, on legislative track.