13th Conference on Professional Information Resources

Paper details

European Digital Library and Similar Projects Worldwide

Session coordinator: Adolf Knoll, National Library of the Czech Republic

Where: 23. 5. 2007, 8.30 - 12.00, New Auditorium

i2010: Digital Libraries Initiative: Europe's Cultural and Scientific Heritage at a Click of a Mouse

Autor: Javier Hernandez-Ros, European Commission, Luxembourg



The presentation will cover the aims, main features, past and ongoing developments of the Commission initiative i2010 Digital Libraries . The Digital Libraries Initiative is a flagship project of the EU's overall strategy to boost the digital economy, the i2010 strategy. The initiative aims at making Europe's diverse cultural and scientific heritage (books, films, maps, photographs, music, etc.) easier and more interesting to use online for work, leisure and/or study. It builds on Europe's rich heritage combining multicultural and multilingual environments with technological advances and new business models. On the basis of the Communication "i2010 digital libraries", the paper will present the initiative as articulated in the following 3 domains: - digitisation; - online accessibility; - digital preservation. The paper will also take stock of the ongoing work to arrive at a European Digital Library, based on a multilingual single entry point to Europe's cultural heritage. To this aim, the Commission is working together with national libraries and other cultural institutions in Member States.

About author:

Javier HERNÁNDEZ-ROS Head of Unit, Digital Libraries & Public Sector Information, DG Information Society and Media. Trained as a civil engineer in Madrid (Universidad Politécnica), has a Masters Degree in Business Administration (Instituto de Empresa). After seven years working in engineering companies in Spain, he joined the European Commission in 1986 and was involved in technology transfer and innovation policies, where he set up the European network of "Innovation Relay Centres" and the "Innovating Regions in Europe" network. From June 2002 he was Head of the "Information Market" unit. Since January 2007, following an internal reorganisation, the unit is now known as "Digital Libraries & Public Sector Information" . He is coordinating the "EU Digital libraries" initiative and promoting legal initiatives to support the development of the digital content industry, notably the "directive for re-use of public sector information". He was responsible for the e-Content and the Safer Internet programmes for the period 2002-2005. Further information: http://europa.eu.int/information_society/index_en.htm

Other papers in this session:

From The European Library to a European Digital Library

Author: Jill Cousins, The European Library, Netherlands

Towards the European Digital Library: Management of Cultural Heritage in the National Libraries

Author: Zinaida Manžuch, Vilnius University, Lithuania

The National Digital Library: The Portal Site of the Digital Information Resource!

Author: Chi-ju Lee, National Library of Korea

A Brief Analysis of Digital Resource Developments and Services in National Library of China and the National Digital Library Project

Author: Wei Dawei, National Library of China

ENRICH: Towards a European Digital Library of Manuscripts

Author: Adolf Knoll, National Library of the Czech Republic


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