European strategies for digitisation: the context of i2010 digital libraries Pat Manson Head of Unit Cultural Heritage and Technology Enhanced Learning.

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LIBER/EBLIDA Workshop on Digitisation, Copenhagen, October overview of presentation Background to our strategies Political framework Current state of play The challenges with focus on digitisation Our strategies for dealing with them strategically and operationally

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European strategies for digitisation: the context of i2010 digital libraries Pat Manson Head of Unit Cultural Heritage and Technology Enhanced Learning Directorate General Information Society and Media LIBER/EBLIDA Workshop on Digitisation, Copenhagen, October scene setting Long history of supporting innovation in libraries, in networking and in digitisation A virtuous circle of actions but unbalanced at European level Political - limited Strategic - intermittent Operational more than 100 M in projects since 2000 Lasting effect on structures in Member States Balance between actions, optimise leveraging LIBER/EBLIDA Workshop on Digitisation, Copenhagen, October overview of presentation Background to our strategies Political framework Current state of play The challenges with focus on digitisation Our strategies for dealing with them strategically and operationally LIBER/EBLIDA Workshop on Digitisation, Copenhagen, October background: i2010 a reminder i2010: Commission strategy for the Information Society announced a flagship initiative on Digital Libraries: digitisation, accessiblity and preservation of cultural and scientific information i2010: digital libraries launched 2 years ago Quality access to content for all Common multilingual access point Work needed on 3 interlinked axes: Digitisation Online accessibility Digital preservation Made visible and operationalised through the European Digital Library LIBER/EBLIDA Workshop on Digitisation, Copenhagen, October why Digital Libraries at European level? Everyone should be able to access individual and shared heritage Not only today but into the future Shaped by common effort not disparate local solutions Creative and economic potential of cultural and scientific content Supporting education and research New cultural and creative industries Cultural expression and tourism Media rich services LIBER/EBLIDA Workshop on Digitisation, Copenhagen, October i2010 digital libraries a framework for actions Commission Communication (2005) identified issues that were political, strategic and operational applied to digitisation, accessibility and preservation Commission Recommendation to Member States (2006) Set out actions to tackle the challenges Council Conclusions (Nov 2006) endorsed actions, set out timeframe for all actors confirmation of work towards the European Digital Library European Parliament own initiative report (Sep 2007) Endorsed the Commissions actions and calls upon Member States Supported European Digital Library LIBER/EBLIDA Workshop on Digitisation, Copenhagen, October Council Conclusions more specifically Council invites Member States: To reinforce national strategies and targets and co-ordination within and between Member States To contribute to the European digital library To contribute to an overview of progress at European level To improve framework conditions Council invites Commission: To stimulate & coordinate work towards European Digital Library To improve policy coordination To address framework conditions To set up and chair a Member States Experts group and steer process of implementing the actions To report on implementation progress, first time in 2008 Clear framework for actions with concrete timeframes who should do what by when LIBER/EBLIDA Workshop on Digitisation, Copenhagen, October the main challenges: legal - financial - technical Copyrights Problem - 20 th century black hole Addressed on strategic and operational level Orphan works Different categories -> different problems -> different solutions Scalability of search guidelines Practical mechanisms for clearing rights, registries Big test: legal recognition between MS of orphan work status Out of print works Model licence Strategic recommendations agreed between stakeholders Next step practical operational test beds that create body of evidence as to what works, if regulatory intervention is needed LIBER/EBLIDA Workshop on Digitisation, Copenhagen, October the main challenges: legal - financial - technical Digitisation costs Coordinated approaches to avoid redundancy selection, prioritisation Identification of what has been digitised Incentives for public private partnerships Sponsorship, co-funding, technical support Need for body of experience on benefits and risks Guidelines from sub group of High Level Group Improving technologies for digitisation Reduce costs for mass digitisation, for specific materials Competence centres leverage, research improved solutions, export competence, skills and services to smaller organisations LIBER/EBLIDA Workshop on Digitisation, Copenhagen, October European Digital Library Our strategy operational role of the European Digital Library Showcase the effects of political and strategic actions on the core problems Retains political interest Politically endorsed targets Integrating critical mass of content into EDL Reflect heterogeneity and connections between content in different formats and institutions Implies need for joined up digitisation policies and strategies, at national and EU level LIBER/EBLIDA Workshop on Digitisation, Copenhagen, October measuring investments and progress Input and output of digitisation quantitative measures reported back to the political process Member States collect information on current and planned digitisation efforts Commission study statistical methodologies and indicators Absolute and relative digitisation costs Baseline statistical overview of digitisation volumes Ways to measure digitisation progress Contractor IPF asking for input from stakeholders NUMERIC newsletter LIBER/EBLIDA Workshop on Digitisation, Copenhagen, October conclusions i digital libraries: not just a short term goal but a process Long term vision demands Cooperation of all stakeholders (ALMs plus private sector) Already being taken forward in EDLnet New services and new business models Technically providing multilingual access; interoperability in short term and longer term frameworks Digitisation today must adopt practices that will support future usability and accessibility of digitised content LIBER/EBLIDA Workshop on Digitisation, Copenhagen, October Further information from i Digital Libraries:...activities/digital_libraries/ eContentPlus:...activities/econtentplus/ ICT workprogramme / FP7:...research/eu_research NUMERIC study:www.numeric.ws THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION!

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