European Commission and Digital Programmes

Every 2 years, European Member States are required by the Directorate of the European Commission Information Society to provide a progress report on activities in Digitisation and Digital Cultural Heritage.

This information is intended to support policy development at the European Commission, to help them understand the impact of previous funding programmes and to plan future ones.

The process represents an important opportunity to showcase and celebrate the UK’s significant achievements in the area of digital access and preservation.

Cultural matters relating to the UK’s place in Europe fall under the umbrella of powers reserved by the UK government.

The Department for Culture Media and Sport has appointed the Collections Trust as the UK representative to the Information Society Directorate. The Collections Trust works with ALMA-UK members to submit a biennial UK response, which brings together the achievements of the home nation organisations.

The most recent report was submitted at the end of February 2010. The information will help to inform and influence the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for Research and Technological Development, which will fund research programmes across Europe from 2007 to 2013.  The EU Member States have earmarked a total of 9.1 billion Euros for funding ICT over 2007-2013, making it the largest research theme in FP7.

The UK Reports offer a useful summary of the main national digital and online access initiatives in the archives, libraries and museum sector across the home nations. Read them here: