May 16, 2022

Recently Released: European Commission’s Report on Digitisation, Online Accessibility and Digital Preservation of Cultural Material

From the European Commission:

The Report on Digitisation, Online Accessibility and Digital Preservation of Cultural Material shows that there has been an increase of digitisation plans and overviews of digitised material, more cross-border collaboration and public-private partnerships as well as pooling of digitisation efforts through competence centres or specific aggregators.

Web visibility of cultural content has increased through reduction of watermarking or visual protection measures and wider use of open formats or social media. However, digitisation remains a challenge, with only a fraction of Europe’s collections digitised so far (around 12% on average for libraries and less than 3% for films).

The report is based on a set of national reports submitted late 2013, early 2014 on the implementation of the Recommendation.

All reports received (25 reports) are available online.

Good examples include:

  • in the Netherlands, free reuse of digital books in Koninklijke Bibliotheek’s and University Library’s database is permitted including for commercial purposes;
  • the Sound Collection partnership between the French BNF, Believe Digital and Memnon Archiving Services offers 200.000 records  in the Médiathèque Numérique;
  • Digisam coordinates the digitization of the many heritage institutions in Sweden.

Direct to Full Text Report (67 pages; PDF)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.