Workshop “Digitisation of cultural heritage and Orphan Works”

30.11.2016 - 09:30 to 16:30

Hundreds of thousands of written and audiovisual works preserved in European libraries and film archives are today inaccessible because their rights status is not clear. The Orphan Works Directive was adopted in 2012 to set out common rules on the digitisation and online display of so-called Orphan Works, with the objective to make their digitisation and online display legally possible.

The Royal Library of Belgium and the European project FORWARD, coordinated by CINEMATEK, are pleased to invite you to discover innovative tools created to put this objective into practice: the Orphan works database and the FORWARD system for Audiovisual works, and to discuss about the way they help the purpose of Digitisation of Cultural Heritage.



Royal Library of Belgium – Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels - Royal Sky Room (6th floor) and Park Room (2th floor)

Registration free of charge – including lunch - but upon inscription before 25th of November

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9:30 am: Welcoming attendees - Royal Sky Room 1

10:00 am: Introduction by the Royal Library of Belgium‘s Director-General (P. LEFEVRE) - Royal Sky Room 1

10:15 am: Introduction by the European Commission – DG CONNECT (M. GIORELLO, Deputy Head of Unit Copyright) - Royal Sky Room 1

10:30 am: Directive on Orphan Works - Audiovisual Works: Challenges and prospects (N. MAZZANTI, President Association of European Cinematheques - ACE) - Royal Sky Room 1

10:45 am: Legal framework: Directive 2012 and its transposition into Belgian law (N. LENAERTS, Economy Federal Public Service) - Royal Sky Room 1


11:00 – 11:30 am: Break


11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Presentation of “online EU-wide database for Orphan Works” EUIPO (Gyta BERASNEVIČIŪTĖ-SINGH, European Union Intellectual Property Office) - Royal Sky Room 1

12:00 – 12:30 pm: Digitisation of printed heritage and orphan works: the case of the Royal Library (F. LEMMERS, Royal Library of Belgium) - Royal Sky Room 1

12:30 – 1:00 pm: Digitisation of audiovisual heritage and orphan works: the case of FORWARD Project, coordinated by Belgian Royal Film Archive (D. Hanegreefs, Belgian Royal Film Archive) - Royal Sky Room 1


1:00 – 1:45 pm: LUNCH


Workshop 1: Using the Orphan Works Database : training session for potential beneficiaries - Royal Sky Room 1

1:45 – 2:30 pm: Functioning of the “Orphan Works” database: Presentation and demonstration (N. Roland, P. Catrie, Royal Library of Belgium)

2:30 – 3:00 pm: Discussions & Conclusion


Workshop 2: FORWARD

1:45 pm: Presentation of the FORWARD system (N. Mazzanti, D. Hanegreefs, Belgian Royal Film Archive)

2:00 – 3:00 pm: Demonstration of the FORWARD system (G. Scipione, CINECA, Italy)

3:00 – 3:30 pm: Discussions & Conclusion


Workshops 1 & 2

3:30 – 4:30 pm: Reception and visit of the digitisation service “DIGIT” at the Royal Library - Royal Sky Room 1