Achivements in digital environement
The most active debate in recent years is, undoubtedly, all forms of digital communication. In 2013 the Spanish Digital Agenda was presented, the product of the work of a number of agents involved, led by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, and the Ministry of Finance and Public Administration. Although the majority of the aspects which it contains bear no relation to culture, it is interesting to highlight certain aspects which directly or indirectly affect cultural diversity.
Amongst others, it establishes objectives to improve connectivity and broadband, eliminate the digital divide and achieve the digital inclusion of the underprivileged, and includes an objective to “Promote the online production and distribution of digital contents”; these are not only what it refers to as “traditional” contents –culture and entertainment- but also new developments.
The first evaluation of the Spanish Digital Agenda emphasize that improvements have made in the fields of connectivity, access to broad band and digital contents. In the meantime has been approved a document called Equal Opportunities Estrategic Plan in the Information Society, focused on training, digital inclusion and literacy for women.
With regard to "digital culture", great strides have been made. Extensive portals have been made accessible to the public, offering collective information on funds of various centres, for instance PAR.ES (Spanish Archives Portal), Biblioteca Digital Hispánica, which contains the funds of the National Library of Spain, CER.ES (online collections of state museums). Progress has been made in the incorporation of new technologies in relation to users; for instance, library loans of ebooks which include the loan of the e-reader gadget; and other portals already mentioned for the performing arts, music, etc. (teatro.es, danza.es, música.es).
The global compliance of the objectives of the Agenda have been evaluated in 60% at the end of 2014.