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N a t i o n a l a n d re g i o n a l g o ve rn m e n t s
Key Challenge 1: Develop a methodological and co-ordinated approach
National governments and regional authorities should formulate clear digitisation
programmes enabling cultural heritage institutions to formulate their own
organisational digitisation policies.
Instead of funding individual digitisation projects in separate cultural heritage
institutions, national governments, regional authorities and other funding bodies
should invest in comprehensive digitisation programmes.
National governments and regional authorities should build on ongoing co-ordination
initiatives for digitisation programmes.They should strive to establish an information
exchange infrastructure or interface connecting top-down initiatives vertically with
regional initiatives, as well as horizontally, with other Member States.
Key Challenge 2: Empowerment of small ALM-institutions and regional
cultural heritage initiatives
National governments and regional authorities should develop mechanisms allowing
small and under-resourced memory institutions to participate.
National and regional governments 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.
Key Challenge 3: The educational market is a key area for cultural heritage
National governments and regional authorities should see the educational use of digital
cultural heritage information as a key target in any national digitisation programme.
National and regional governments should support the establishment of virtual
protected environments as the most relevant future platforms for cultural e-learning.
Key Challenge 4: Take care of and ensure access to born-digital cultural
In those European Member States that have a legal deposit system, national govern-
ments should expand the legal deposit to include electronic and born-digital material.
In countries without a legal deposit system, national governments and regional
authorities should nevertheless appoint trusted organisations to collect, make accessible
and preserve born digital cultural resources.These trusted organisations should then
enter into negotiations with content providers to decide on rights agreements for
deposit and future use.
Key Challenge 5: Secure access to cultural heritage material also in the future
National governments need to take immediate action on long-term preservation and
formulate a digital preservation strategy as part of their national information policy.
The strategy should involve the creation of a network of certified organisations that
will archive and preserve digital cultural resources.
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