Digitisation of the European cultural heritage is the challenge of the 21st century. Libraries, Archives, Museums, and other memory institutions have now the technological means to digitize their whole collections and make them available online. The potential for accessibility to cultural artefacts, with consequential benefits for research and study, is immense. However, in practice this type of undertaking is severely restricted due to the real or potential subsistence of copyright and related rights.
CIPPM is at the forefront of the research to develop solutions for the digitization of our cultural heritage. In 2013, the Centre Director, Professor Maurizio Borghi co-authored a monograph with Dr. Stavroula Karapapa titled ‘Copyright and Mass Digitization’ published by Oxford University Press. This book queries the normative and policy implications of this newly emerging framework of mass digitization in copyright law.
In July 2015 the EnDOW Project took off. This is a 3-year project co-funded by Heritage Plus and the European Commission, which sees the cooperation of several major European research centres (CREATe, University of Glasgow; IViR, University of Amsterdam; ASK, Bocconi University, Milan) under the leadership of CIPPM. The project aims at developing a pioneeristic platform for crowdsourcing Diligent Search with the goal of clearing the rights for the collections of cultural heritage institutions. More information is available on the dedicated page of this site, here.