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30.03.2015

ENUMERATE: Digitisation Survey

This report analyses the results of the ENUMERATE Survey Report on Digitisation in Cultural Heritage Institutions 2014 focusing specifically on the results from Icelandic cultural heritage institutions.

The ENUMERATE  survey was conducted in late 2013 and was the third major study on digitisation in cultural heritage institutions in Europe but the first that Icelandic cultural heritage institutions participated in. The National and University Library of Iceland acted as the national coordinator on behalf of Iceland.

Invitations to participate were sent to thousands of organizations in Europe, of which over 100 were Icelandic. The response rate was relatively high for Icelandic institutions, 31%. Results of the survey were published in early 2014 and are available on the Enumerate website.

In recent years the National and University Library of Iceland has increasingly made its collections accessible through digital media. One of the aims of its policy on digital restoration and preservation of digital material is to make it possible for its users to access library content anywhere and anytime.

The results of the survey show that Icelandic cultural institutions are increasingly using digital media to reach wider audiences. This is an overall trend irrespective of institution type. A large majority (87%) of European cultural heritage institutions has digital collections. For Iceland the percentage is slightly lower or 71%.  For Europe as a whole the percentage of analogue collections already digitised is 17% but 23% for Iceland (not weighted averages). The percentage of analogue collections still needing to be digitised in Europe is 48% but 52% in Iceland. Other results from Icelandic institutions are similar to those from other European institutions.

This is the first report in a new series of reports on behalf of the National and University Library of Iceland.

The report can be found here.

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