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Towards Better Understanding the Value and Impact of the Digital Cultural Heritage


Within the inDICEs project, we aim to understand the effects of the digital revolution on modes of cultural and creative production and on their economic and social impact. Especially in the context of the global pandemic of COVID-19 we feel it is an urgent task that can contribute to the rapidly gaining momentum process of digital transformation of the cultural sector. As part of Work Package 3 Change management and policy recommendations, we were taking a closer look on how value and impact is created on the basis of the digital cultural heritage. We consulted experts, analysed literature and conducted case studies analysis. As a result, we came up with a framework, developed on the basis of existing approaches to understanding cultural value chains and impact of cultural heritage, combined with insight from specific cases of re-using digital cultural resources that we analysed. We also see the need for a new, system-wide representation of the structural interdependencies between the online cultural sector and other sectors of the online ecosystem. We hope the results of our work can contribute to such a new perspective.

In the report we present key findings of our analysis as well as initial recommendations formulated on the basis of our research. The more extensive work on policy recommendations is still ahead of us (full recommendations constitute a separate deliverable of inDICEs, which will be finalised in 2022), so the report contains initial directions for our ongoing work on formulating more detailed recommendations to various stakeholders.

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