‘Culture Is Digital’ progress 4 Jul 2019

DCMS has published a progress report on the 2018 Culture is Digital commitments, which planned how to develop the sector’s knowledge and competence in using new digital innovations. Work now underway includes:

  • ACE’s £1.1m Digital Culture Network has launched, aiming to increase digital skills and capacity over the next two years. Introductory workshops are available through to 10th July ACE
  • A Digital Culture Code of practice and Digital Maturity Index are being commissioned by ACE and NLHF. These will help organisations benchmark their digital development and help them decide where to use resources. Audience Agency
  • NLHF is also making £1m available to build digital capacity in the heritage sector, including for organisations with zero digital skills and offering support for one-to-one skilling up for individual staff members. NLHF
  • The Intellectual Property Office has reached over 100 cultural organisations with free training in IP.
  • National Archives has launched its online collections taskforce. Working across the sector, it is publishing resources outlining what organisations should consider before undertaking a digital project. It has already published resources in partnership with Culture24. Digital Pathways
  • The National Gallery is launching a new Innovation Lab, Gallery X this summer with King’s College London as its R&D partner. This will allow access to technologies developed in King’s Labs from robotics to informatics to neurobiology. The project will consider what these will mean for culture a decade from now. As well as creating new experiences for gallery audiences, NG will share its findings widely across the sector. In parallel, the Royal Opera House is opening an Audiences Lab to consider immersive digital ways of reaching audiences.
    Gov.uk, NLHF