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Public consultation on opportunities offered by digital technologies for the culture heritage sector
Shaping Europe’s digital future

The European Commission launched a public consultation in view of the evaluation and possible revision of its main policy instrument to support the digital transformation of the cultural heritage sector.

Digitization of cultural heritage, especially in high quality and with advanced technologies, can provide significant support to conservation, renovation, study and promotion of European cultural assets. In an age of accelerated global digital transformation, digitized cultural heritage items made available online are valuable resources for education, entertainment or further re-use. They also give a lot of visibility to Europe’s cultural diversity and can inspire a sense of belonging and shared European values.

The European Commission is evaluating Recommendation of 27 October 2011 on the digitisation and online accessibility of cultural material and digital preservation to make sure it is still fit to respond to the needs and challenges of the cultural heritage sector in an era of rapid and continuous technological changes.

Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the disruption of the sector’s traditional way of working, making the digital transformation of cultural heritage institutions  more relevant than ever. The Commission is seeking your view on the importance of digitization and digital transformation in the cultural heritage sector and ways of supporting such processes. The consultation aims at collecting the views of Member State competent authorities, national and regional cultural heritage institutions, international and umbrella organizations and networks, the European ecosystem of organizations and professionals, technology stakeholders such as companies, SMEs/entrepreneurs, research organisations, academia and citizens.

Your participation and feedback to this consultation will help the European Commission to shape the appropriate policy framework and actions to preserve Europe’s valuable cultural assets and to give better visibility to its unique cultural diversity.

The online consultation for the evaluation of the Recommendation takes place between 22nd June 2020 and 14th September 2020 at 23:59 CET.

Information provided by European Commission website.