New strategy on European digital libraries unveiled

The European Commission unveiled its strategy to make Europe’s written and audiovisual heritage available on the Internet on 30 September. Digital libraries are one of the flagship initiatives of Commissioner Reding’s initiative ‘i2010 – a European Information Society for growth and jobs’, adopted by the Commission on 1 June 2005.

Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding explained: ‘Without a collective memory, we are nothing, and can achieve nothing. It defines our identity and we use it continuously for education, work and leisure. The Internet is the most powerful new tool we have had for storing and sharing information since the Gutenberg press, so let’s use it to make the material in Europe’s libraries and archives accessible to all.’