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The European Commission as well as national and regional authorities should
ensure that in all e-culture initiatives small cultural heritage institutions can
participate and make full use of the opportunities provided by the new
technologies.
National governments and regional authorities should develop mechanisms that
allow small and under-resourced memory institutions to participate.
This includes:
investing in the capacity of institutions by raising the number of staff,
ensuring the availability and take up of an appropriate range of possibilities for pro-
fessional, and continuing education as well as training in the cultural heritage sector,
providing easy access to best practice examples, methodologies and guidelines,
establishing a support infrastructure in the form of cultural Research & Develop-
ment centres, (virtual) information service centres or specialised centres of
excellence to foster know-how transfer.
National governments and regional authorities should further support initiatives
to make small cultural heritage institutions and regions more visible.
This includes:
setting up online networks and platforms where small cultural heritage institutions
become more visible and market their activities, collections, services and products in
co-operation with cultural tourism agencies and educational institutions,
getting small institutions on board of larger projects and initiatives.
The European Commission should carry out an in-depth analysis and
monitoring of the development of different strategies for digital cultural
heritage in the European Member States. For reasons of synergy, the knowledge
gained should be brought to the notice of the Ministries of Culture and the
cultural heritage institutions of Member States.
The analysis should focus on the effectiveness of centralised vs. decentralised models to
assess their applicability to nation states with differing political frameworks.
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