Open Letter: Consultation on Opportunities Offered By Digital Technologies for the Culture Heritage Sector

September 4, 2020, 9:55 am

Open Letter to the European Commission on the Opportunities Offered by Digital Technologies for the Culture Heritage Sector

We, representative European organisations from the cultural heritage (CH) communities and institutions (CHIs), welcome the European Commission’s consultation on opportunities offered by digital technologies to the cultural heritage sector, in view to amend the 2011 Recommendation on digitising cultural material and digital preservation and update the EU’s toolbox.

We understand Digital Cultural Heritage (DCH) in its widest sense, including both tangible and intangible heritage. Hence, we urge the Commission to do so by also broadening the definition of cultural heritage to include both tangible and intangible heritage.

We believe that digital technologies are a decisive factor for the relevance of Cultural Heritage (CH) in the future. However, the consultation falls short in addressing some key developments and challenges that we deem central to digital cultural heritage.

We wish to contribute additional ideas to the ongoing discussion:

  • Digital as a tool to enhance Value of CH
  • Capacity-Building
  • Long-term Preservation
  • Increasing Value of CH
  • International Standards, Multilingualism, Use and ReUse

For more a more detailed outline of ideas contributed, please read the full letter here.

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