DigiCULT – Technological Landscapes for Tomorrow’s Cultural Economy

A strategic study on the digital cultural economy for the European Commission, DG Information Society

The DigiCULT study analysed the development of cultural institutions such as museums, libraries and archives in the digital cultural economy, in particular, with regards to the uptake, use and impact of information and communication technologies (ICT). State-of-the-art technologies and content as well as user demands in cultural services were investigated. Another important part of the study was to analyse the current policy and institutional frameworks, impacts of ICT on organisational processes, and new opportunities for valorising cultural content. A comprehensive set of recommendations for different stakeholders including the European Commission, national and regional governments, and cultural institutions was provided. Based on the study results, in March 2002 the project DigiCULT Forum was started as an accompanying measure of the EU FP5 Information Society Technologies programme