Thursday, October 20, 2005

European Commission unveils plans for European digital libraries

According to the press release:
The European Commission... unveiled its strategy to make EuropeÂ’s written and audiovisual heritage available on the Internet. Turning EuropeÂ’s historic and cultural heritage into digital content will make it usable for European citizens for their studies, work or leisure and will give innovators, artists and entrepreneurs the raw material that they need. The Commission proposes a concerted drive by EU Member States to digitise, preserve, and make this heritage available to all. It presents a first set of actions at European level and invites comments on a series of issues in an online consultation (deadline for replies 20 January 2006). The replies will feed into a proposal for a Recommendation on digitisation and digital preservation, to be presented in June 2006.
The commissionon is also funding research activities. As a result of all this work, the commission hopes to stop the EU countries from creating systems that are mutually incompatible and duplicate work.

Thanks to digitizationblog for pointing this out (and to Bloglines for reminding me that I hadn't read the posting yet).

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