BENEFITS OF COLLABORATIVE DIGITIZATION PROJECTS IN EUROPE. A dutch perspective
Digitization, particularly sharing content online, positions heritage institutions as part of the networked information economy. Digitization projects of heritage content at European level were started in the mid 1990s and were driven by the overarching goal of achieving remote connection and exchange of heritage information for the benefit of European citizens. 20 years later, the driven force behind all digital activities remains unchanged, to increase remote access to collections, yet many objects are still to be digitized. Institutions do not expect to have their entire collections digitized, reported expected coverage represents only about 60%. Digitization in this context refers to a digital reproduction of the object, made by a scan or a digital photograph. Online publishing of a digital catalogue, or inventory, has proven insufficient to give access to the rich heritage and scientific materials held in libraries across Europe.