A national strategy for digitising, online accessibility and digital preservation
In 2011, the Government formulated a national strategy for digitisation, online accessibility and digital preservation, Digit@lt kulturarv, and established a coordination secretariat for the digitisation of cultural heritage. The secretariat, housed at the National Archives, is to support the institutions by, for example, developing general advice on how they can make priorities in the digitisation work. In accordance with the strategy, all work is to be conducted within existing frameworks. Digisam has also been tasked with following up and evaluating the strategy.
The aim is for the 23 government agencies and institutions covered by the strategy to produce plans for digitising and making available their archives, collections and libraries. The aim is to create better opportunities for cooperation between relevant actors and to meet the need for continued development. Digital developments provide new opportunities for cultural agencies and institutions to offer citizens and researchers access to culture and cultural heritage. Digital technology is also an important tool in helping to make cultural heritage visible and have a greater impact on more areas in society.
The clearest challenge right now is to coordinate this major process. Additional challenges will be identified as the plans of the agencies and the institutions are reported, for example the question of copyright.