On 9 March 2005 the European Parliament and the Council approved the eContentplus Programme, a multiannual Community programme to make digital content in Europe more accessible, usable and exploitable.

The eContentplus programme will support the development of multi-lingual content for innovative, on-line services across the EU.

The 4-year programme (2005–08), proposed by the European Commission, will have a budget of € 149 million to tackle organisational barriers and promote take up of leading-edge technical solutions to improve accessibility and usability of digital material in a multilingual environment.

The Programme addresses specific market areas where development has been slow: geographic content (as a key constituent of public sector content), educational content, cultural, scientific and scholarly content. The Programme also supports EU-wide co-ordination of collections in libraries, museums and archives and the preservation of digital collections so as to ensure availability of cultural, scholarly and scientific assets for future use.

More informations


The eContentplus programme focuses on stimulating the development of digital
content for services in areas of public interest - geographic information, cultural,
scientific and educational content.

More informations: Making digital content in Europe more accesible and user friendly

Further information
• eContentplus:

• i2010:

• Europe’s Information Society: Thematic

• Information Society and Media Directorate-
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