Diligent search in the EU: Challenges and opportunities

EnDOW Final Conference. Alicante (Spain) 15 May 2018

The European project ‘EnDOW: Enhancing access to 20th Century cultural heritage through Distributed Orphan Works clearance’ will come to an end this year after three years of successful research cooperation. We would therefore like to invite you to the presentation of the results of our research at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in Alicante, which is responsible for the management of the European publicly accessible online database on orphan works.

A team of four partner institutions from three countries has researched the legal instruments of “diligent search” in the EU, to turn these into an online tool that allows crowdsourced diligent search processes in 20 countries. We will continue to carry out tests and research to explore the potential application and challenges of the tool.

During the conference, the partners will present the findings of the project and will introduce to the use of the diligent search tool: an online resource to facilitate the process of diligent search, in compliance with the requirements of the Orphan Works Directive. The event will include discussions on legal regulation and practices, in order to explore impacts and policy implications innovative for the problem of orphan works within the EU. These are intended to support decision makers and heritage owners in managing orphan works in a sustainable way.

 For more information on EnDOW and for access to the diligent search platform visit diligentsearch.eu

To register to the event, please use this Eventbrite link.






Welcome and introduction

Christian Archambeau, Deputy Executive Director of EUIPO



Presenting the outcomes and impact of the EnDOW project

Maurizio Borghi: Enhancing access to orphan works in the EU: Rationale, results and legacy of EnDOW

Kris Erickson & Victoria Stobo: Archives, digitization and copyright: an inquiry into best practices of cultural heritage institutions.

Lillà Montagnani: Diligent search and access to sources across the EU

Maarten Zeinstra: Introducing the EnDOW diligent search tool


Chair: Ronan Deazley, Queen’s University Belfast

11.15-11.45 Coffee break
11.45-13.15 The orphan works policy in the EU – Roundtable

Paolo Cesarini, EU Commission

Mathias Schindler, EU Parliament

Paul Keller, Europeana


Chair: Maurizio Borghi, Bournemouth University

13.15-13.30 Conclusion and end of conference
13.30-15.00 Lunch