Currentfunding for Europeana Foundationensureduntil mid-2014. Furtherfundinglikelyfromthisyear's ICT PSP call.
Large-scale innovation activities have been launched in recent years based on the results of the research work carried out in previous programmes. From 2008 onward our efforts to make cultural heritage more widely accessible online have been coordinated and integrated through Europeana (www.europeana.eu).As a single access point to Europe's cultural heritage, Europeana provides access to culture for all, including education, work and leisure, and serves as a hub for the creative industries and the innovative re-use of cultural material. Europeana is a well-established brand worldwide. Its main function is to aggregate distributed digitised collections of European culture (currently from 2,200+ cultural institutions) and provide multilingual access through a single entry point.It represents today the largest open database of cultural objects in the world (nearly 27 million objects with open metadata) and has reached a critical mass of content representative of the richness and diversity of European culture.The cluster includes 35 projects with a total funding of €95 million and more than 700 participants. Most of the current projects focus on aggregating content within Europeana (18) and digitisation of content (9).Access to content and clear conditions for its reuse are powerful barriers hampering the commercial exploitation of digital cultural heritage. Europeana Creative is developing a platform deploying the Europeana Application Programming Interface (API) and a number of services tailored to the needs of commercial players who wish to develop value-added products based on Europeana content.Only in the past few years technologies to digitise and visualise 3D monuments have become widely available. 3D-icon is digitising a series of architectural and archaeological masterpieces of world and European significance to provide 3D models and related digital content to Europeana. The project focuses on UNESCO World Heritage monuments and other monuments of outstanding value. Its results could be used to promote tourism as well as in educational applications or for the creation of video games scenarios.
DSIs are delivered electronically providing trans-European interoperable services of common interest for citizens, businesses and/or governments
Anyother DSI alsoincludeDSIsproposed by DGsotherthan CNECT.
With regard to digital service infrastructures, building blocks shall take priority over other digital service infrastructures, since the former are a pre-condition for the later. Digital service infrastructures should, inter alia, create European added value and meet proven needs. They should be sufficiently mature for deployment, technically as well as operationally as proven in particular through successful piloting. They should be based on a concrete sustainability plan to ensure the long-term operation of core service platforms beyond the CEF. Financial assistance under this Regulation should therefore wherever possible be phased out over time and funding from sources other than the CEF should be mobilised.
To a limitedextent alternative sources of funding for someactivitiesaround Europeana could come from Horizon 2020 or fromCreative Europe, but these programmes are not designed to substitute cutfundingfrom CEF.
E.g. Denmarkusing Europeana as nationalaggregators
Moral supportisverywell, but not enough.
The new programmes offerfunding for a number of activities, but will not cover all the costs.Enabling and engaging in reuse of cultural materialcan open up new, alternative ways of funding.
Current FundingChallenges and Impact onEuropeanaFunding digitisation: Can accessible culturalheritage fuel social and economic growth?Dublin, 21 June 2013Gudrun StockCNECT/G2 – Creativity
EU Support for Europeana to Date• eContentplus (2005-2008) Support for aggregation/accessibility of cultural heritage Launch of Europeana in 2008• ICT Policy Support Programme (2009-2013) Support for further development of Europeana More content & targeted digitisation User-friendly services Re-use of Europeana content for creativity••• 2
Europeana Todaywww.europeana.eu• Well established brandworldwide, e.g. modelfor DPLA••• 3
Future EU Support for Europeana• KA 15 of the Digital Agenda for Europe propose a sustainable model for financing Europeanaand digitisation of content• Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/connecting-europe-facilityInclusion of Europeanaas one of the DigitalService Infrastructures(DSIs) in the(2014-2020)••• 4
CEF: The Original Proposal• Overall budget envelope: 50 bnEUR• Trans-European networks in thefields of• Transport: 31.7 bn EUR• Energy: 9.1 bn EUR• Telecommunications: 9.2 bn EUR High-speed broadbank networks – 7 bn EUR Digital Service Infrastructures – 2.2 bn EURIn MFFdiscussions,European Councilcuts budget forCEF Telecomfrom 9.2 to 1 bnEURCommission hasto amend itsproposal••• 5
CEF: Purpose of Amended Proposal• Adapt Guidelines to budget cut from EUR 9.2 bnto EUR 1 bn reducing the number of DSIs introducing priorities for eligibility of DSIs for financialsupport limiting the scope of broadband support to "seedfunding" for financial instrument(s)• Cultural Heritage Resources/Europeana still in,BUT …••• 7
CEF fundingneeds in-creasingly tobe comple-mented byfunding sourcesother than CEF,asdemonstratedby a feasibilityand cost-benefitassessmentCEF: The Amended Proposal re DSIs• Priorities 1st: Building block DSIs (eID, eDelivery,eInvoicing, Cyber Security, Multilingual) 2nd: DSIs supporting specific provisions of EUlegislation and using building blocks 3rd: Any other DSI (i.a. CH resources/Europeana)• Requirements for DSIs be mature, i.e. ready for deployment Long-term sustainability contribute to achievement of single market comply with agreed standards and specifications,reuse existing solutions••• 8
Challenges arising from CEF• Severe competition for budget 5 building-block DSIs, 7 other DSIs (incl. Europeana) +initiatives from other DGs (e.g. eJustice, ODR, EESSI)• Strict hierarchy of priorities for eligibility forfunding• Need for concrete sustainability plan to ensurelong-term operation Financial assistance under CEF to be phased out,whereever possible Funding from sources other than CEF to be mobilised••• 9
Impact on Europeana• Former levels of EU support cannot be maintained Funding of Europeana core service until mid-2015• Alternative sources of funding must be found quickly• Explicit and active support from Member States,cultural institutions and other beneficiaries ofEuropeana very helpful towards Council (AV WG to liaise with Telecoms WG) European Parliament ITRE = resonsible Committee, rapporteur Evžen TOŠENOVSKÝ http://www.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?id=596794 Commissioner Kroes••• 10
Opportunities for Europeana?• Rethink existing relations Europeana/MemberStates/content providers to optimise mutualbenefit E.g. DK using Europeana as National Aggregator• Form new relations With private content providers or sponsors• Explore new types of services, e.g. content repositories assistance with rights clearance or licensing technologies••• 11
In conclusion:Enrich &diversifycollectionsBringEuropeanato usersdoorstepData hubforcreativere-use andappsGovernancestructuretailored tothe futureEuropeanaPortal••• 12
Conclusion contd:• Budget cut is nobodys fault, it is a result of thecrisis• Absolute need for co-financing, ideally from amix of sources the more alternative sources of funding, the strongerthe case for complementary CEF funding current sustainability study of utmost importance••• 13
Conclusion contd:• Member States and stakeholders support forEuropeana is indispensable Now - prior to CEF adoption When drafting annual work programmes• Current EU-funding for Europeana core serviceensured until mid-2015••• 14
Alternative Funding OpportunitiesHorizon 2020(http://ec.europa.eu/research/horizon2020/index_en.cfm)• Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies(LEIT) Content technologies and information management: ICT fordigital content and creativity• Societal Challenges activities enabling the study of European heritage, memory,identity, integration and cultural interaction, including itsrepresentations in cultural and scientific collections, archivesand museums, to better inform and understand the presentby richer interpretations of the past••• 15
Alternative Funding Opportunities• Creative Europe(http://ec.europa.eu/culture/creative-europe/) designed to help the cultural and creative sectors toseize the opportunities of the ‘digital age’ andglobalisationAll new funding programmes currently in the legislative procedure –adoption expected by autumn this year••• 16