Support Action Centre of Competence in Digitisation

Project mission

The Support Action Centre of Competence in Digitisation (Succeed) promotes the take up and validation of research results in mass digitisation, with a focus on textual content. These results often remain as working prototypes since their implementation in the production environment is hindered by the limited awareness of results and the lack of resources for their adaptation and development.


  • Optimisation of digitisation resources through fostering pooling the efforts by cultural institutions, partnership (public/private sectors) and cross-border collaboration.

  • Promotion of the use of common standards for digitisation tools and data.

  • Sharing of best practices to set up Centres of Competence for European innovation & research and their business models, legal forms, implementation risks, funding opportunities, standardised governance models, contracts/license agreements.

  • Definition of a roadmap towards a common infrastructure of Centres of Competence in the digital libraries research area.

  • Raising awareness of results in the field by organising awards, contests and events, alongside a comprehensive dissemination strategy.

Facts & Figures

Succeed is funded under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission (FP7). It is part of the cooperation work programme for ICT for access to cultural resources.

    • Total budget: 1.9M Euro. EC contribution: 1.8M Euro

    • Start date: January 1st, 2013

    • Duration: 24 months


  1. Promoting the validation and take-up of tools and resources that enhance access to digitised textual content.

  2. Contributing to the normalisation and standardisation of text digitisation techniques and outputs, as well as to the normalisation of licensing in data-dissemination agreements.

  3. Building and maintaining evaluation services for digitisation tools.

  4. Disseminating research results by organising events in cooperation with established venues and communities, and by implementing awards and competitions that exploit or apply the tools and resources which have been produced by research projects.

  5. Connecting existing infrastructures in the field of digitisation in order to coordinate efforts and to identify funding and business opportunities.

  6. Sharing knowledge about best practices in setting up competence centres for European innovation and research by organising virtual (a web hub) and physical venues (meetings and workshops) in order to share and exchange business models, legal forms, implementation risks, funding opportunities, standardised governance models, contracts and license agreements.

  7. Defining a roadmap towards a common infrastructure of competence centres in the digital libraries and digital preservation research area.


The consortium is integrated by content-holding institutions and researchers, with complementary backgrounds and experience in the implementation of digitisation programmes, the execution of research activities in the field of digitisation, and in the creation of successful public-private partnerships.

Expert Advisory Board

The EAB will advise the Project Coordinator and the Coordinator Board on the matters related to main technical and strategic issues. EAB is composed by:

Milagros del Corral, UNESCO

Jill Cousins, Europeana

Frank Frischmuth, German Digital Library

Michael Keller, Stanford University Library

Steven Krauwer, Utrecht University

Andrew Prescott, King’s College London


For questions regarding Succeed, please contact the project office at:


Oficina de Gestión de Proyectos Internacionales - Universidad de Alicante

Edificio Torre de Control, Pta Baja - 03690, Alicante (Spain)

succeed will be implemented through the Impact Centre of Competence in Digitisation, an output of the IMPACT FP7-project which gathers and exposes digitisation tools and resources. The Centre will sustain the actions beyond Succeed since a legal entity will be substantiated and a roadmap for its long-term sustainability will be defined during the action.