Funding prospects for the digitization of German-language cultural heritage from Eastern Europe

[Contribution to the Strategy paper on the digitization of the German-language cultural heritage from Eastern Europe:]

Producing legitimacy for the costly undertaking of the process of digitizing German-language cultural heritage must be a basic objective for the contributing institutions. This purpose however cannot exclusively be fulfilled by presenting it as collaborative and internationalized. In order to successfully lobby for it, the issue needs to be connected with the general consideration that all historical ethnical minority communities do have the right to have their heritage digitized by their home state’s institutions. In this context and with this background of assuring the legitimacy and necessity, the digitization of the German-language heritage can and should be realized. Natural allies for this undertaking are the institutions of the minorities in the respective states whose representatives must be implied in the process and act notably as multiplicators for its publicity.

Once a basic legitimacy has been produced, the next step is the expanding of the financial margins of the process. Most promising for this purpose is – beside the shaping of new funding programs, e.g. on a European level – the establishment of an association which should attract contributions from various sources and thus ease the realization of new projects. An association would also have in general a favorable effect in order to gain additional legitimacy for the process – showing that there is a visible contribution from the public and not only from the state.


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