A new way to measure the impact of digital culture

The Cultural Heritage Sector is a key enabler of the advancement of the Cultural and Creative Industries in Europe. Not only does it provide access to vast amounts of reusable cultural content, it can be seen as a R&D lab of the cultural and creative ecosystem through which it contributes both to the economic advancement and to society at large. However, researchers and policy-makers are struggling to fully understand the crucial role that the Cultural Heritage Sector can play in the digitisation process of the cultural and creative ecosystem in Europe. 

inDICEs is conceived as a project that aims to empower policy-makers and decision-makers in the Cultural and Creative Industries to fully understand the social and economic impact of digitisation in their sectors and address the need for innovative (re)use of cultural assets. 

How? By tracking policies in an open observatory and establishing policy priorities for successful digital transformation and future governance of cultural and creative content ecosystems, inDICEs is working to provide tools to measure and advance the impact of cultural heritage in Europe.

As a result, policy-makers will have a solid framework to assess the impact of cultural heritage and an open observatory to keep track of the advancement of its impact. For their own part, Cultural Heritage Institutions will be able to make strategic decisions that will allow them to increase their positive contributions to the CCI and society.

inDICEs brings together internationally renowned research groups in the domains of Cultural Economics, IP Law and Digital Humanities, representatives from the CCI with deep with substantial outreach capacity, social innovators and platform developers. 

Research methodology

The project’s methodology is organised in 3 phases:

Data gathering

Model building

Analytics & interpretation

Data will be gathered from both existing repositories and archives and from specific data collection activities carried out on digital platforms and social media. Models will be developed by starting from a review of the existing literature on the CH sector, and in particular on the effects of the digital revolution in such sectors and will be further developed to take into account the specific research questions posed by the project. 

The quantitative part of the analytics and interpretation phase will be the result of the coherent application of the modeling to the available data in order to derive synthetic indicators to measure the relevant phenomena. This latter phase will also contemplate a qualitative analytics part which has to do with the comparative analysis of existing data and information, especially as regards EU-wide differences in IPR and copyright protection. 

Finally, quantitative analyses on the relation between institutional arrangements at national level concerning IPR and copyright protection and observed patterns of production, circulation and access of cultural and creative content will also be carried out.

inDICEs methodology