The digitisation of cultural material
Sustainable public funding of digitisation was introduced in 2008.
The main objectives were:
- to preserve cultural heritage for future generations,
- to preserve cultural diversity through wide access and use
- to democratize access to the Slovenian collective knowledge and to make it accessible to the greatest number of people.
Challenges identified in the implementation of this measure:
The material accessible through Slovenian digital library and European digital library Europeana is mostly public domain material.
One of the key challenges is to include in-copyright material, so as to avoid a ‘20th century black hole’ - a situation in which much cultural material from before 1900 before 1900 is accessible on the web, but very little material from the more recent past.
Cultural institutions - museums, libraries and archives - were funded on an annual basis according to yearly programmes of activities. Eligible costs included the costs of conversion to digital format, workforce, technical infrastructure, website and software licences.
More than 3 million digital objects accessible online.