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(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 27 September 2017 at the 1295th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies)

The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Article 15.b of the Statute of the Council of Europe,

Considering that the aim of the Council of Europe is to achieve greater unity between its members for the purpose of safeguarding and realising the ideals and principles which are their common heritage;

Keeping in mind that the Council of Europe’s key cultural policy goals, namely to foster participation in and access to culture by as many people as possible in addition to diversity of cultural expression, and to promote cultural identity and creativity, should lay the foundations of member States’ cultural policies;

Recalling the Final Statement of the 10th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Culture (Moscow, 15-16 April 2013), which highlighted the digital revolution as “crucial to the viability of creation and cultural diversity” and accordingly requested the setting up of a platform for exchange on the impact of digitisation on culture;

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Valuable information produced by researchers in many EU-funded projects will be shared freely as a result of a Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020. Researchers in projects participating in the pilot are asked to make the underlying data needed to validate the results presented in scientific publications and other scientific information available for use by other researchers, innovative industries and citizens. This will lead to better and more efficient science and improved transparency for citizens and society. It will also contribute to economic growth through open innovation. For 2014-2015, topic areas participating in the Open Research Data Pilot will receive funding of around €3 billion.

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The Commission recognises that research data is as important as publications. It therefore announced in 2012 that it would experiment with open access to research data (see IP/12/790). The Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020 does for scientific information what the Open Data Strategy1 does for public sector information: it aims to improve and maximise access to and re-use of research data generated by projects for the benefit of society and the economy.

The Pilot involves key areas of Horizon 2020:

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PublicLibraries2020European Parliament Written Declaration 0016/2013 (registered on the 7th of October 2013) recognises the essential services offered by public libraries in communities across the EU which provide opportunities for lifelong learning, social/digital inclusion and pathways to employment (based on new research published in March 2013). This Declaration highlights the fact the public libraries are not just about culture and books – they represent a 65,000 strong pan-European network of community based institutions delivering positive educational, social and economic benefits to 100 million library users across all EU Member States.

We have a three month window to persuade MEPs to sign this Declaration – and if it receives the support of 50% of MEPs (by the 7th January 2014) – the text will be adopted by the European Parliament and forwarded to the European Commission to respond. We need all librarians, library users and library supporters across all 28 Member States to contact their MEPs in support of this important campaign in order to make the most of this unique opportunity!



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1. Introduction

The eEurope 2002 Action Plan recommended the creation of a co-ordination mechanism for digitisation programmes across Member States. In 2001, representatives and experts from Member States met under the Swedish Presidency, supported by the European Commission, and agreed the Lund Principles1 that established priorities to add value to digitisation activities in ways that would be sustainable over time. The accompanying Lund Action Plan recommended actions to support progress for the period until 2005. The Lund Action Plan is being implemented by a group of National Representatives (NRG) and successive Presidencies, and benefits from several projects and research networks, including the highly successful, Minerva2 and Digicult3 projects.


As many of the barriers identified within Lund continue to exist, one of the Council’s priorities for the 2005-2006 Work Plan is to proceed with coordination through an updated action plan as a follow up on the Lund actions 4. On 14 November 2005, the Council reaffirmed the validity of the Lund Principles, and recognised digitisation of cultural and scientific heritage to be of strategic importance in:


  1. providing rich and diverse digital resources that support education and research, tourism and the creative industries;
  2. enabling digital access by all citizens to national, regional and local cultural heritage of Europe;
  3. advancing the European Digital Libraries initiative.
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The MICHAEL and MICHAEL Plus projects were funded through the European Commission's eTen programme, to establish a new service for the European cultural heritage.


The MICHAEL project was a partnership between France, Italy and the UK to deploy a cultural portal platform that was developed in France. MICHAEL Plus then extended the MICHAEL project to the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. The two projects are closely aligned. The projects focus on the integration of national initiatives in digitisation of the cultural heritage and interoperability between national cultural portals to promote access to digital contents from museums, libraries and archives.


The projects have established this international online service, to allow users to search, browse and examine descriptions of resources held in institutions from across Europe. We hope that the technical standards and sustainability model that we have established for the project will mean that more countries will contribute their contents to the portal in future.



Through the multilingual MICHAEL service people will be able to find and explore European digital cultural heritage material using the Internet.



  • A European cultural heritage inventory, available to all and providing access to cultural heritage resources.
  • Sustainable management for the project to continue.
  • Endorsement and implementation at a national government level, in order to underpin further funding as required.
  • A methodology and technical platform, which makes it easy to add new national instances of MICHAEL, thus growing the content and user bases.


Technical Results

The technical results of the MICHAEL project can be listed as follows:


The MICHAEL data model for multilingual digital cultural heritage inventories

  • An open source technical platform for national instances built on EPrints3, XML etc.
  • Interoperability protocols for national instances to contribute data to the European service
  • European MICHAEL search portal
  • Methodology and model which is easy to deploy in additional countries.


See also: Michael Culture Association

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EuropeanaLocal was a Best Practice Network project, funded under the eContentplus programme of the European Commission, which ran from 1 June 2008 to 31 May 2011. It was designed to involve and help local and regional libraries, museums, archives and audio-visual archives:


  • make the enormous amount of content that they hold available through Europeana (the European Digital Library)
  • and deliver new services.


EuropeanaLocal was one of a suite of additional projects, funded by the European Commission to help further develop Europeana. EuropeanaLocal played an important role in ensuring that the enormous amount of digital content provided by Europe’s cultural institutions at local and regional level is represented in Europeana, alongside that held at national level. Such involvement not only brings together a rich diversity of content of all types, cultures and languages but also people, making it possible to establish integrated services with great richness and added value for communities and individual users.



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ATHENA, presented as a Network of Best Practice within the eContentplus Programme, takes its origins from the existing MINERVA network.

ATHENA is bringing together relevant stakeholders and content owners from museums and other cultural institutions all over Europe and evaluate and integrate specific tools, based on a common agreed set of standards and guidelines to create harmonised access to their content.

ATHENA is contributing in the content provision to Europeana.


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University Library “Svetozar Markovic” from Belgrade, Serbia is hosting the first public workshop within the project Europeana Newspapers on June 13 and 14, 2013. The workshop gathered more than 60 experts in digitization from entire Europe.

Within the two day workshop we will talk about methods for processing the digitized materials such as OCR, OLR and NER in order to improve the search and presentation on Europeana, as well as various tools for evaluating the process of digitization.

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The Irish presidency conference Open Innovation 2.0 – Sustainable Economy & Society in Dublin welcomed over 75 international experts who addressed more than 350 delegates from around the world, highlighting how economic growth and job creation can be generated by modern innovation and technology. The major two day international conference closed in Dublin Castle with overwhelming agreement on the drafting of “The Dublin Innovation Declaration”. This ten point declaration, drafted with the intention of harnessing innovation and technology to bring about job creation, will be presented to José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.


Presenting the declaration to the conference, Prof Martin Curley, Chairman OISPG & Vice President, Intel Labs Europe, Intel Corporation called on those present to support the ideals and mission of the declaration. “With the support of the delegates and speakers here, at the end of what has been an enlightening and very positive two days of discussion, we have co-created an innovation manifesto which can now bring real change to Europe by creating more wealth, better welfare and improved wellbeing."


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PHAIDRA - Digital Repositories at the Western Balkan UniversitiesThe project is intended to provide technological modernization, functional integration and institutional expansion of academic library systems in Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia nad Hercegowina. This project should provide:


  • Installation of new servers in library system` nodes;
  • Inclusion of unenclosed faculty libraries in the library-information system of their universities;
  • Implementation of new library services to complete all ILS;
  • Establishment of web portals for university curricula with the data about obligatory literature, teaching materials and lecture materials connected with repositories and library OPAC;
  • Establishment of the system for archiving and use of digital university documents and their linking to library-information system and system of communication in science.


Implementation of new library services to complete all ILS:

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