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National and regional governments that also expect cultural institutions to
exploit their collections commercially should provide substantial medium to
long-term additional funding.
When funding major national cultural heritage initiatives and projects, national
governments and regional authorities should not expect a direct economic
return of investment. Instead, they should ensure that they can create synergies
and leverage results in other publicly funded sectors (e.g online learning) as well
as cultural industries (e.g cultural tourism) to maximise the impact of their
National and regional authorities should develop value indicators to measure the
impact of their investment in cultural heritage.
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A methodological approach to digitisation also includes developing methodologies on
how to maintain digitised and born-digital resources accessible in the future. As ever shorter
technological innovation cycles replace existing technologies at a breathtaking pace of 2-5
years, the urgency to address long-term preservation to avoid the inevitable loss of our
cultural heritage becomes ever more pressing.Yet, current methods for long-term preser-
vation of digital cultural objects are insufficient, and offer only a short term solution to a
problem that grows daily. Immediate action by all stakeholders, including national
governments is needed, to prevent substantial parts of our cultural heritage from being lost.
A more detailed account of the long-term preservation problem can be found in the
Chapter 9,"Technologies for tomorrow's digital cultural heritage", which also includes a list
of recommendations that challenge national governments:
to formulate a strategy for digital preservation as part of a national
information policy,
to set up a network of certified organisations to archive and preserve
digital cultural resources,
and to expand the legal deposit to include electronic and born-digital material.