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European Commission Recommends Member States Boost Digitization Efforts
The European Commission adopted a Recommendation on Digitisation and Digital Preservation, asking member states to step up their efforts, pool their resources, and involve private actors in digitizing cultural material and making it available through Europeana.
In particular, the recommendation invites member states to do the following:
- Put in place solid plans for their investments in digitization and foster public-private partnerships to share the gigantic cost of digitization (recently estimated at €100 billion). The recommendation spells out key principles to ensure that such partnerships are fair and balanced.
- Make available through Europeana 30 million objects by 2015, including all Europe’s masterpieces that are no longer protected by copyright and all material digitized with public funding.
- Get more in-copyright material online by, for example, creating the legal framework conditions enabling large-scale digitization and cross-border accessibility of out-of-commerce works.
- Reinforce their strategies and adapt their legislation to ensure long-term preservation of digital material by, for example, ensuring the material deposited is not protected by technical measures that impede librarians from preserving it.
Source: European Commission
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