High Level Expert Group on Digital Libraries

The Directorate-General 'Information Society and Media' has set up a High Level Expert Group on Digital Libraries by a Commission Decision of 25 March 2009. This group follows on from the original High Level Expert Group, the mandate of which expired at the end of 2008, and allows it to continue at least for 2009. The purpose of the group is to advise the Commission on how to best address the organisational, legal and technical challenges at European level and to contribute to a shared strategic vision for European digital libraries. The Group will be composed of a maximum of 20 members coming from Memory organisations (libraries, archives, museums), Authors, publishers and content providers, ICT industry (e.g. search engines, technology providers) and Scientific and research organisations and academia. Also the copyright Expert Group in which IFRRO and IFRRO members ENPA, EWC and FEP are members, has been reconvened for a first meeting on 16 April. IFRRO is represented on the copyright group by its CEO (Olav Stokkmo) and its Honorary President (Tarja Koskinen-Olsson).