FEASIBILITY OF A DIGITAL CONTENT OBSERVATORY
AND CONTENT FORUM STUDY
In January 2001, the European Commission launched the eContent programme, aiming to stimulate the development and use of digital content on the global networks and promote linguistic diversity in the European Union.
Providing information and analysis on the digital content market, to support and inform Europe's digital content industries and governments, is becoming increasingly important. The Content Forum study therefore assessed the feasibility of a Digital Content Observatory (DCO), which would be an entity charged with collecting, collating, possibly analysing, and disseminating information on the digital content industry and market. The study undertook research followed by a survey of market players via an interview programme, looking at the perceived need for a DCO; what it should cover; how it might operate; and how it could be funded.
The study also examined, in less detail, the level of interest in a Digital Content Forum (DCF) - a forum which would bring together key market players with a view to potentially arriving at a consensus on the direction (or directions) of the market.
This study was carried out between August 2001 and February 2002.
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