The European Commission today unveiled its strategy to make Europe’s written and audiovisual heritage available on the Internet. Turning Europe’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.The Commission communication sets out three key areas for action: digitisation, online accessibility and digital preservation. 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).
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