How Best can a Ministry promote Digitisation Projects?
In our time when public resources are scarce, it is not easy to justify state expenditure on cultural digitisation. In this presentation an endeavour is made to describe the role of the state, and hence of the cultural ministry, concerning digital content creation and digital cultural services. The ministry's regulatory functions, its responsibility in funding and executing the tasks of digitisation are examined. Various tests and questions to be asked are used to determine the ways the ministry can foster cultural digitisation. The experience earned while working on the MICHAEL-programme will also be presented.