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The DigiCULT Report is based on the analysis of expert opinions in the cultural
heritage sector.This includes a number of expert round table discussions, the advice from a
Steering Committee of knowledgeable experts and "practitioners", interviews with experts
on the various facets of the digital landscape and a very successful online Delphi survey that
elicited thoughtful views from a variety of international sources. Case studies involving
professionals in the cultural sector, policy makers and the actors of the cultural heritage
community completed the basis for this research.
Each section of the DigiCULT Report highlights a key issue based on a specific set of
research results followed by concise recommendations on policy, administrative, economic
and technological issues faced by the memory institutions and society at large.
The following figure provides an overview of the key issues addressed in the four
thematic areas that are the focus of this study.
While it is not exhaustive, the DigiCULT Report is a guide for understanding the
present state of European cultural heritage in the Information Society and lays out a
roadmap for action in the years to come.We believe that this is a reasonable view of how
the cultural landscape will unfold.
V OVERVIEW OF KEY ISSUES
National policies
& initiatives:
Maximising a nation´ s
investment
Organisational
change
Exploitation:
Valorising cultural
heritage resources
Technologies for
tomorrow´ s digital
cultural heritage
Key issue 1:
A vision for
cultural heritage
Key issue 1:
Becoming hybrid
institutions
Key issue 1:
Online user
attention
Key issue 1:
Providing
seamless access
Key issue 2:
Methodologies for
digitisation
Key issue 2:
Human capital
is key
Key issue 2:
E-retailing -
physical products
Key issue 2:
Mass digitisation
Key issue 3:
Strengthening
small institutions
Key issue 3:
Developing
cooperation capital
Key issue 3:
Digital product
development
Key issue 3:
Long term
preservation
Key issue 4:
Low-barrier
access to CH
Key issue 4:
Supportive
infrastructure
Key issue 4:
Digital commerce
(licensing)
Key issue 4:
Born digital
resources
Key issue 5:
CH resources for
education
Key issue 5:
Protected
environments
Key issue 5:
Shared themes
Key issue 5:
New tools
in the box
Key issue 6:
Sustainable
cultural heritage
Key issue 6:
intermediaries to
reach users
Key issue 6:
Subscription-based
services
Key issue 6:
The widening
technology gap
Key issue 7:
Future R&D
compass