EODOPEN – eBooks-On-Demand-Network Opening Publications for European Netizens

Project area
Books and Reading / Literary Translation 
National and University Library (partner) 
Project lead
Universitaet Innsbruck (AT) 
Creative Europe (2014 -2020) - Culture / European cooperation projects 2019
EU funding
1.980.887 EUR
Façade of the National and University Library by Jože Plečnik, 2008. Foto: Janez Slamič.

Coordinator: Universitaet Innsbruck (AT)
Partners: Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal (PT), Centrum Vedecko Technickych Informacii Slovenskej Republiky (SK), Eesti Rahvusraamatukogu (EE), Knihovna AV CR V. V. I. (CZ), Kungliga Biblioteket (SE), Moravska Zemska Knihovna v Brne (CZ), National and University Library (SI), Orszagos Szechenyi Konyvtar (HU), Tartu Ulikool (EE), Universitaet Greifswald (DE), Universitaet Regensburg (DE), Uniwersytet Mikolaja Kopernika w Toruniu (PL), Vedecka knihovna v Olomouci (CZ), Vilniaus Universitetas (LT)

Project amount: 3.961.774 EUR (50 %)
EU support: 1.980.887 EUR
Project duration: 1. 11. 2019–30. 10. 2023

Libraries all over Europe face the difficulty of managing tremendous amounts of 20th and 21st century textual materials which have not yet been digitised because of the complex copyright situation. These works cannot be accessed by the general public and are slumbering deep in library stacks, as they are often out-of-print or have never even been in-print at all and reprints or facsimiles are out of sight.

The EODOPEN project, as proposed by 15 libraries from 11 European countries, focuses on bringing these digitallyhidden works to the public forefront by digitising and making them available on a pan-European level whilst fully respecting current copyright regimes.

To achieve this aim, the project will – by focusing on the “demand side” rather than merely on the “supply side” – directly engage with national, regional, and local communities in the selection of material as well as the digitisation and dissemination process, finally enhancing intercultural dialogue with the help of the digitised objects. In addition, alternative delivery formats, in particular for mobile devices, as well as for blind or visually impaired users, will allow reaching a broader audience for digitised content.

Furthermore, hands-on-workshops, guidelines and special tools made available to all European libraries shall build confidence amongst library staff in dealing adequately with rights clearance, and therefore contribute to the objective of reinforcing the ability of library staff to operate transnationally.

Finally, the digitised items will be made available to the broad European public on the project participants’ well established digital libraries as well as a common portal developed during the project lifetime, ensuring transnational circulation and access to cultural works in the aftermath of the project. Creativity across Europe will be sparked as new readers and content creators discover works previously unavailable to them. EOOPEN will start on 1/9/2019 & last for 48 months.

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