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Key Challenge 6: Establish a supportive infrastructure for cultural heritage
institutions (slip stream model)
Governments and other funding bodies should invest in specialised organisations that
support small and medium sized archives, libraries and museums in the setting up and
managing of digital collections (e.g. digitisation, collection management, online
registration of users, licensing, and transactions).
National and regional governments should support cultural heritage institutions in
developing digital on- and off-line products that bring the richness of their collections
to a broader public.This includes creating conditions favourable to partnerships with
private businesses as well as sponsorship.
Key Challenge 7: Set up effective co-ordination and dissemination mechanisms
for cultural heritage know-how
National governments and regional authorities should set up a co-ordination and
dissemination infrastructure that helps cultural heritage institutions to make informed
decisions on future technological developments.
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Th e E u ro p e a n C o m m i s s i o n
Key Challenge 1: Enable small and under-resourced cultural heritage
institutions to participate in future Research & Development
(R&D) programmes by narrowing the existing technology gap
The European Commission should ensure that small cultural heritage institutions can
participate in all e-culture initiatives and make full use of the opportunities provided
by new technologies.
The European Commission needs to lower the entry barriers for small memory
institutions and develop a slip-stream model for R&D participation.
The European Commission should find a good balance between the funding of
innovative, high risk projects and R&D programmes that allow smaller cultural
heritage institutions to catch up.
The European Commission should fund the dissemination of best practice
information on digitisation and ensure that this information is readily available to
ALMs Europe-wide.
Key Challenge 2: Raise awareness for the potential of cultural heritage in the
educational market
The European Commission should fund a current assessment of the educational
market as one of the key markets for digital cultural heritage information, and
disseminate best practice in the field of educational-cultural projects.
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