Screening the Future 2011: New Strategies and Challenges in Audiovisual Archiving


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Presentation by Javier Hernandez Ros (European Commission, DG Information Society and Media) at the Screening the Future conference, March 14-15 at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in Hilversum

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Screening the Future 2011: New Strategies and Challenges in Audiovisual Archiving

  1. 1. Screening the Future 2011: New Strategies and Challenges in Audiovisual Archiving Javier Hernandez Ros, Head of Unit Cultural Heritage and Technology Enhanced Learning European Commission, DG Information Society and Media 14 March 2011
  2. 2. Digital Preservation in the EU <ul><ul><li>Core topic under the Digital Libraries initiative (since 2005): organisational, legal, technological and financial challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EC actions: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Policy work towards favourable framework conditions (HLG, Recommendation to MS) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Research and innovation programmes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital agenda for Europe 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comité de Sages </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Digital Agenda for Europe 2010 <ul><li>Actions tabled on: </li></ul><ul><li>Orphan works (2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Out-of-print works (2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural heritage “on-line” , Europeana </li></ul><ul><li>Research (digital preservation, eInfrastructures) </li></ul>
  4. 4. The new Renaissance - Comité de Sages - <ul><li>Stresses the economic aspects next to the cultural aspects </li></ul><ul><li>The vision: ‘Access’ is the central concept </li></ul><ul><li>Digitisation is more than a technical option, it is a moral obligation </li></ul><ul><li>Main responsibilities for digitising and preserving our cultural heritage should be assumed by the public sector </li></ul>
  5. 5. Funding issues <ul><li>The issue </li></ul><ul><li>A rough estimate of the costs of digitising the whole European cultural heritage is 100 bn euros. </li></ul><ul><li>Mass-digitisation is an industrial process, and hence very susceptible to efficiency gains due to scale. </li></ul><ul><li>Digitisation represents an opportunity for new business models and growth </li></ul><ul><li>Key recommendations : </li></ul><ul><li>The public sector has the primary responsibility for funding digitisation. Member States have to step up their investments. The current crisis cannot be ignored, but cannot be a reason for not acting </li></ul><ul><li>At the same time, involvement of private partners should be encouraged </li></ul><ul><li>MS should promote ways to turn digitisation into new development opportunities for European firms </li></ul>
  6. 6. Collaborative research on Digital Preservation – FP 7 <ul><li>Funded since 2005, 7 new projects started in 2011 (total EU funding 43 mio €) </li></ul><ul><li>New call – ICT Work programme 2011-2012: open 18 Jan 2012 – 17 July 2012 (30 mio €) </li></ul><ul><li>Areas covered: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preservation technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Systems for intelligent management of preservation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research networks, uptake of research outcome </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Towards FP8 <ul><li>FP8: 2014-2020, but Commission proposal due end 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Research and innovation together </li></ul><ul><li>Green paper “Towards a Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation Funding” </li></ul><ul><li>Digital preservation will be an important topic </li></ul><ul><li>Public consultation on digital preservation: workshop in Luxembourg, 4-5 May 2011 </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Thank you </li></ul><ul><li>DigiCult web site </li></ul><ul><li>Digital libaries web site </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>