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EU Member States sign up to cooperate on digitising cultural heritage

24 European countries have signed a Declaration of cooperation on advancing digitisation of cultural heritage, pledging to work more closely together towards 3D digitising of historical sites, artifacts and works of art. The aim is to improve citizen engagement and better cooperation between the countries.

Digitised objects and texts make research easier, but are alo beneficial to the realm of tourism, education and the creative sector. Over the past years, many advances have increased the possibilities of digitisation. With over 50 million digitised works, over 3.000 institutions have made significant steps towards digitisation of Europe’s rich historical records.

Declaration of Cooperation on Cultural Heritage
The declaration has three pillars of action:

  • A pan-European initiative for 3D digitisation of cultural heritage artefacts, monuments and sites;
  • Re-use of digitised cultural resources to foster citizen engagement, innovative use and spill-overs in other sectors;
  • Enhancing cross-sector and cross-border cooperation and capacity building in the sector of digitised cultural heritage.


The Declaration of Cooperation on Cultural Heritage was launched at Digital Day 2019 and signed by the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

Read the full press release at Europa.eu.