The initiative aims to use the most advanced technology to digitize artifacts, art research and data documentation to preserve the culture of EU countries.
The European Commission is seeking to establish a ‘co-operation cloud’ with EU member states to preserve and protect cultural treasures.
The initiative aims to foster large-scale collaboration between specialists such as cultural heritage researchers, curators, archivists and conservatives, bringing them together through a digital infrastructure.
The European Commission said only 30 to 50 per cent of Europe’s cultural collections have been digitized, with the lowest number for 3D representations of large cultural heritage structures and landscapes.
He added that many standards for the digitization of cultural collections are not uniform, traceable or secure, which puts tangible and intangible cultural treasures at risk.
Collaborative Innovation for Cultural Heritage aims to add a new digital dimension to cultural preservation, preservation and restoration, using state-of-the-art technology for digitizing artifacts, searching for artwork and documenting data.
“Europe ‘s rich cultural heritage will enter a new digital dimension,” said EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel.
“It will also provide new opportunities for smaller museums and cultural institutions to advance digitalisation and work together on joint projects in a secure and highly professional workspace.”
The European Commission has now launched a dialogue with member states on the joint establishment of the Cooperative Cloud. An impact assessment has already been conducted by eight independent experts, who discussed the context, project-specific possibilities.
The collaborative cloud will have an estimated budget of € 110 million by 2025 from Horizon Europe, the EU’s funding program for research and innovation, and calls for proposals are expected to launch in 2023 and 2024.
Horizon Europe has a group that deals exclusively with creativity, cultural heritage and inclusion, with a total budget of 2.28 billion euros between 2021 and 2027.
Under the previous EU innovation program, Horizon 2020, more than 60m euros were invested in developing tools and methodologies for preserving cultural heritage.
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