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Member states drag feet on European digital library - EUobserver

The European Commission has urged member states to step up efforts to make Europe's cultural heritage available to citizens at a mouse click.

Plans for a European digital library containing books, paintings, music, film and photographs are already underway but progress on making works digitally available has been slow with funding problems and lack of technical know-how dragging the ambitious project down.

One problematic issue includes what to do about orphan works

According to commission figures, European libraries contain over 2.5 billion books but only around 1 percent of archival material has been made available online.

EU media commissioner Viviane Reding said the online library would "enable a Czech student to browse the British library without going to London, or an Irish art lover to get close to the Mona Lisa without queuing at the Louvre."

by Fran on Tue Aug 12th, 2008 at 03:24:48 PM EST
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