European Commission opens calls to invest in data spaces for cultural heritage and tourism

The European Commission has opened new calls for proposals under the Digital Europe Programme to invest in data spaces for tourism and cultural heritage. €4 million is planned for the deployment of a data space for cultural heritage.

The aim of the calls investing in data space for cultural heritage is to make more high-quality European cultural content available, particularly in 3D, foster reuse of digitised cultural resources and offer enriched services using advanced technologies. The calls are open to businesses, public administrations, and other entities from the EU Member States, EFTA/EEA countries and associated countries. Over €12 million is allocated for projects that focus on continuing support for the creation of data spaces, a cornerstone of the EU data strategy.

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€8 million will follow the Commission’s recent communication on the building blocks for a common European tourism data space.The European tourism data space is a key deliverable of the tourism transition pathway, making the tourism ecosystem more resilient, digital and sustainable.

These investments continue the European Commission’s roll-out of the European Data Strategy and its efforts to develop a thriving European data economy. Under the previous Digital Europe 2021-2022 Work Programme, the foundation was laid for the development of 12 data spaces in key areas of public interest. The work on the data spaces is accompanied by a review of the policy and legislative framework for data access and use, with the Data Governance Act and the Data Act, as well as the Implementing Act on High-value datasets under the Open Data Directive adopted on 22 December 2022.

The opening of the  Digital Europe Programme calls for proposals under the 2023-2024 Work Programme ensures the continuation of this work, in particular as regards the further deployment of sectorial data spaces. Further calls under the 2023-2024 Work Programme will be published later this year.

In preparation for the upcoming calls, check out NEMO’s Toolkit on EU funding for an overview of the benefits of international cooperation from a museum perspective. A recent NEMO Webinar offers updates on the Toolkit and explains how small institutions can benefit from the possibilities offered by Erasmus+. The Commission also offers guidance in its interactive guide on EU funding 2021-2027 that maps 75 funding opportunities available for the cultural and creative sectors.