The conference about digital strategies in heritage

2 - 3 December 2013
De Doelen, Rotterdam

Theme: Active Audiences

Strategies for creating and sustaining digital services should be user-driven, but are often policy-driven.

When it comes to 'vital' collaborations and audience connections, participation is now considered an essential aspect. Culture and meaning are key drivers for innovation and new processes. Digitisation has changed the relationship between heritage institutions and their user groups, and society is taking an increasingly influential role in the creation of institutional policy. For these reasons, new strategies for creating and sustaining digital services need to be user-driven rather than merely policy-driven. Investing in public space to house digital cultural data so that it can be accessed by an active audience is of interest to all involved parties.

An essential element of this discussion is the fact that digital technology has made the sharing, exchanging and processing of content such as text, music, video and animation – all carriers of knowledge – so fast and so easy. As time goes on it is becoming increasingly obvious that copyright in its current form is hindering these new possibilities for access to knowledge and innovation.

Within this topic DISH2013 will focus on the issue of awareness, specifically within the cultural heritage sector, of the potential of opening up cultural data. It will also examine the ways in which such institutions can be of true service to the user and foster co-creation. The issue of trust will be considered, as well as the willingness of institutions to open up their content to the public (even when this content is incomplete or in the testing phase). In addition, the conference will address cultural commons and their consequences for organisations.

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