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inDICEs: Measuring the impact of digital culture

Funded by the Horizon 2020 programme, inDICEs is a research project created to enable the advancement of the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI) in Europe. inDICEs provides a framework to measure the socioeconomic impact of digital culture and enables CCIs to navigate the landscape of legal policies and regulations in order to galvanise creative production and cultural participation.

Assessing the social and economic impact of digitisation in cultural and creative sectors

Digitisation has opened doors for new forms of creative production and cultural engagement in spaces that are not market mediated. Museums are moving increasingly moving their collections online, creators are distributing their content via social media channels and audiences are actively engaging and reproducing this content in digital spaces. Business models and legal frameworks that were built to control content circulation and reproducibility limit the possibilities for cultural heritage institutions to fully participate in this creative ecosystem.

Our goal is to empower policy-makers and decision-makers in the cultural heritage sector to understand the social and economic impact of digitisation and engagement with digital culture. This will help us to reform the sector with new business models and legal frameworks that enable cultural heritage institutions to increase their positive contribution to CCIs and society at large.

To accomplish this, we will:

  • develop a comprehensive methodology that allows us to measure the economic and social impact of cultural heritage digitisation and illustrate how digital heritage affects the access to cultural goods and creative production
  • provide an in-depth comparative analysis of the effects of digitisation and IPR regulation that allow CHIs to develop new strategies for the exploitation of their digital cultural assets
  • formulate best-practices and develop new business models that overcome bottlenecks in creative reuse, consumption and production
  • establish an open observatory that provides an analysis of policy changes and trends, allows CHIs to assess their readiness for the Digital Single Market and creates a participatory space to exchange ideas and collaborate on reshaping the sector.

Participatory Co-Creation Process

Our project partner Platoniq is developing a Participatory Space that is designed to facilitate community and stakeholder engagement during the course of the project and beyond. We use this space to develop hypotheses about the impact of cultural heritage, discuss copyright bottlenecks and brainstorm new business models and future scenarios for the sector. We are building the platform around ethical principles that ensure transparency, security and diversity of voices.

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Cover Image: Sonata No. 6 (Sonata of the Stars).Andante, Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, 1908. M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art, Public Domain.