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should be accessible through a central portal,
promoting and supporting good practice as well as its harmonisation and
optimisation within Member States and across the EU by establishing a qualitative
and quantitative benchmarking framework,
accelerating take-up of good practice and of appropriate skills,
making European cultural and scientific content visible and accessible by setting up
national inventories of projects or selected contents.
The Lund principles, and the request that Member States establish appropriate mecha-
nisms for a regular information exchange with bodies at the European level, could be a first
step in creation of a cultural heritage information-exchange infrastructure that would
encompass both the European and national levels, and for the benefit of all communities
interested in cultural heritage.
Such a central information exchange infrastructure could be organised as distributed
services, thus serving both EU decision makers as well as national cultural heritage decision
makers. On the one hand, national governments would report to this cultural heritage
information infrastructure all information on current and planned digitisation programmes
that has been collected either at the regional level, through regional support centres, or
through a central national body responsible for co-ordinating national digitisation
programmes.This input could be technological in nature and also involve examples of best
practice that have been evaluated according to agreed-upon quality criteria.This nationally
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VI NATIONAL POLICIES & INITIATIVES
Recommendations
Future action
Interoperability
standards
Long-term
preservation
IPR
EU coordination body
(one representative of each
member state)
Policy watch:
Policy benchmarks
- qualitative &
quantitative
indicators
Central registry of
digitisation projects:
Internat./national/
bilateral projects &
programmes
Technology watch:
Technology monitoring,
raising awareness,
standard
recommendations
Guidelines
Best practice
examples
National goverments:
National cultural heritage policy
National/regional
coordination bodies:
Digitisation Programmes
Project 1
Project 2
Project 3
Project 4
Project n
Creating a cultural heritage information interface
EU-Member State Interface
EU-Member State Interface
Source: Salzburg Research, 2001