A new Culture is Digital project with a conversation between Government and both tech and the cultural world about how we push this natural synergy further.
This project builds on the commitment in the Culture White Paper to review the digitisation of public collections and the enhancement of the online cultural experience. In the recently published Digital Strategy commitments were made to drive digital skills, increase digital participation and unlock the power of data.
An ambition for the UK was also stated, to be the best country in the world to launch and grow a digital business and to trial innovative technology.
There will be a series of guest blogs designed to provoke discussion and share ideas across social media. In the coming weeks, thought leaders drawn from across the arts, heritage and tech sectors will be blogging and sharing their expertise and thinking on a range of issues this project will consider.
Ther are four key themes:
- Content Infrastructure: Ensuring the digitisation of collections, aggregation, interopability and knowledge are in place for digital accessibility to thrive.
- Cultural content and technology: Enabling new formats and mediums for cultural production, experiences and art forms.
- Access and Participation: Supporting new forms of cultural and digital participation and boost community engagement in culture through digital distribution and content.
- Digital skills, IP and business models in cultural organisations: Supporting cultural organisations to develop the right digital skills and capability to drive innovation and resilience.
Each strand will be discussed in greater detail over the course of these blogs.
The project is about collaboration. The aim is to produce a series of targeted proposals informed by contributions in response to these blogs, in conversation with the team at DCMS and through a more targeted evidence-gathering stage.
To get involved, start using #cultureisdigital and contribute to the conversation.
More info about the project: dcmsblog.uk/2017/04/cultureisdigital/