Brussels, 27 March 2006
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After having spelled out the Commission’s plans for a European Digital Library at the beginning of this month, Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding today chaired the first meeting of the High Level Expert Group on Digital Libraries. The group will advise the Commission on how to tackle key challenges in making Europe’s cultural heritage available online.
“Our goal is to make Europe’s cultural and scientific heritage available to all European citizens and researchers for their studies, work or leisure,” Commissioner Reding commented. “With its immense expertise and knowledge, this group can make an essential contribution to the European Digital Library”.
In today’s meeting, the group discussed the Commission's vision for the
European Digital Library (see IP/06/253)
and set up a framework for future discussions. The group also had a first
exchange of views on copyright issues. In a recent online consultation,
right-holders supported the adequacy of the present copyright rules and the need
to fully respect and enforce them, while cultural institutions highlighted a
number of problems in the present copyright framework that could potentially
undermine efficient digitisation and digital preservation.
Results of the online consultation: