Online Cultural Database Collection "Europeana" (Communication)

The Commission is planning to increase Europeana’s collection by 10 million objects by 2010. To this end, it calls Member States to contribute to a “sustained digitisation“.


Europeana can make an important contribution to the digitisation of works in which there is no commercial interest. Moreover, the collections of public European cultural institutions can be made available to a wider public, provided a prior approval has been given by all rightholders. It is to be welcomed that the Commission is pushing for harmonised rules for dealing with orphaned works.