EU member states urged to support 'Digital Renaissance'

Report finds cultural digitisation offers potential economic benefits.

A report by the Comité des Sages (high-level reflection group) urges EU member states to increase efforts to make national library, museum and archive collections available online, through increased funding and the exploration of public private partnerships.

The report feeds into the EU's Digital Agenda for Europe.  Amongst the recommendations are that the Europeana portal should become the central reference point for Europe's online cultural heritage.   Although already offers access to more than 15 million digitised objects, this represents only a fraction of the works held in European cultural institutions.  The development of Europeana could help in the delivery of innovative services in the tourism, education and research sectors.

Further information on the report, The New Renaissance, and its recommendations.