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International REPORT


The author's research for this report takes a tour of digitization projects around the world and finds little cheer in recent news. Europeana, The European Digital Library, will launch later this year as planned, but projects in Australia, Canada, and elsewhere are facing big problems. In Australia, cuts are being required across all government-funded institutions, including the National Library of Australia. In Canada, the government has cut more than $40 million CDN from more than a dozen arts funding programs. These include digitization projects such as the Canadian Memory Fund, the portal, and the AV Presentation Trust, which funds film and music preservation. On August 28, the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development released Digital Strategy 2.0 to make New Zealand a leader in the digital world and to create a prosperous, sustainable and vibrant society -- smarter through digital.

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