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To a more cohesive, data-rich European future: EUscreen Symposium 2023

The annual EUscreen Symposium “Reimagining the Future of Data Flows: A European Digital Public Space” took place on 4th and 5th December 2023, this year in Athens. The event was open to anyone interested in data policy, digital public spaces, archiving, audiovisual heritage, cultural heritage and media. The symposium was co-hosted by EUscreen and the Archive of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, ERT Archive, partner of the EUscreen Network and also a member of the EUscreen Foundation.

The 2023 Symposium focused on European Data Spaces, in alignment with the European data strategy. The act of promoting data sharing among cultural and creative industries serves as a catalyst for stimulating collaboration and unearthing novel business opportunities. The European Commission, through the Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL), supports the development of common European data spaces in strategic economic sectors and domains, including Media, European Open Science Cloud, Tourism, and Culture. By establishing a unified foundational infrastructure, European Data Spaces aspire to facilitate and enhance data sharing, to foster interoperability and transparency. Within this landscape and the flagship initiative to accelerate the digital transformation of Europe’s cultural sector, EUscreen plays a pivotal role as an integral component of the Data Space for Cultural Heritage, operated by the Europeana Foundation, and is actively engaged in fortifying its connections with other essential Data Spaces.

Members from European organizations and stakeholders (Europeana, Open Future Foundation, EBU, DG Connect, CAPGEMINI, DARIAH, LUCE-CINECITTA, Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision, TV3, Centrum Cyfrowe, National Archives of Lithuania) and from Greece (ERT Archive, National Documentation Center, Athens University of Economics) participated in the symposium, contributing to a truly inspiring and thought-provoking discussion on data spaces, data flows, regulatory context and data space participants’ collaborative potentials in efficient exchange of data across the geographical expanse of Europe.

Specfic thematic sessions highlighted the value of content reuse and archives valorization in commercial production, educational and general audience uses.

ERT President, Konstantinos Zoulas welcomed the attendees, and the symposium was addressed by Vasilis Alexopoulos, Director of the ERT Archive, and Johan Oomen, President of the Euscreen Network.