... the whole multimedia spectrum: film stock, old books, vinyl records and cassettes, artworks and other heritage items at risk from the passing of time.
Reports the Wall Street Journal: "Once transferred to a digital format, material will be available through Europeana, a website where everything from 12th-century illuminated biblical texts to documentary films about can-can dancers in World War II-era Paris are available to view online.
"Ms Kroes wants 30 million objects in Europeana by 2015, up from the 19 million available today.
"Private help is necessary to achieve this; the commission estimates the cost of digitizing the collections of Europe's museums, archives and libraries, at about €100 billion. The EU will contribute €3.7 million a year from 2011-2013 to the project, as well as indirect funding through research projects."
Funded by the European Commission Europeana was launched in 2008, with the goal of making Europe's cultural and scientific heritage accessible to the public.
The project is based in the National Library of the Netherlands, the Koninklijke Bibliotheek.