The event’s tagline, “Learn Share Advance”, encourages us to consider how  “open access to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted.”

Although the MARC-based infrastructure is extensive, and MARC has been adapted to changing technologies, a major effort to create a comparable exchange vehicle that is grounded in the current and expected future shape of data interchange is needed.

The Recommendation asks Member States to step up their efforts, pool their resources and involve private actors in digitising cultural material and making it available through Europeana.

In particular, the Recommendation invites Member States to put in place solid plans for their investments in digitisation, make available through Europeana 30 million objects by 2015, get more in-copyright material online, and reinforce their strategies and adapt their legislation to ensure long-term preservation of digital material.