New Hungarian National Digital Archive and Film Institute reflects importance of digital heritage to new government.
4.2.11 New technologies and digitalisation in the arts and culture
The former national film archive was upgraded to the Hungarian National Digital Archive and Film Institute – MaNDA, to act as the main base of the programme under the same acronym. Besides the original functions relating to cinema, MaNDA undertakes the co-ordination of the digitisation of all means of cultural expression, from printed material to museum objects. The portal http://www.kulturkincs.hu (cultural treasure) is in the process of development. MaNDA will act as the main Hungarian gatekeeper towards Europeana.
Plans for the MaNDA programme include the establishment of a logistical centre in the city of Ózd in former industrial premises, where most of the actual digitising is supposed to be executed in the kultúrgyár (culture factory). The costs, estimated at about HUF 9 billion (ca. EUR 30 million), come mainly from the EU Structural Funds. Source: http://www.ozd.hu/content.php?cid=cont_501807bde873c4.82657862.
MaNDA has taken charge of the Digital Literary Academy that keeps digitised oeuvres of contemporary writers who make their works available on the Internet by contract. Created in 1998 at the Petőfi Literature Museum, this unique endeavour had the works of 68 authors in 2011. In return, authors receive a monthly allowance four times the value of the official minimum wage.
MEK, the Hungarian Electronic Library, launched in 1994 on a private initiative, contains more than ten thousand items (2012). Embedded into the National Széchényi Library, the project has maintained its community features (see also chapter 9.2).
The National Audiovisual Archive (NAVA) was established in 2004. NAVA acts as the legal deposit archive for the public and commercial television and radio channels that broadcast all over the country. NAVA plays the same role for electronic programmes as the National Széchényi Library does for printed publications or as MaNDA does for Hungarian films. The NAVA collection can be freely reached on-line from several hundred "NAVA points", terminals in libraries, schools, etc. registered within the framework regulated by law (http://www.nava.hu/english/nava/index.php). Since 2011 NAVA is operated by an agency of the public media.
The on-going telematic development of the public library system has been another focus of attention and will receive significant additional resources from the EU Structural Funds during the 2007-2013 seven-year period (see chapter 4.1).