How are Digital Tools used in the Arts and Cultural Sector?

How are Digital Tools used in the Arts and Cultural Sector?

ENCATC has published its research on the “Use of Digital Tools in the Arts and Cultural Sector”. This research gives information about how digital technology know-how is used by three core target groups: researchers, academics, and cultural managers.

In September 2014, ENCATC launched a survey that ran for nine months on “Digital Technology and Know-How”. To widely reach those working in the broad field of arts and culture, the survey was sent to ENCATC members, stakeholders and organisations such as IFACCA, the European Festivals Association, Europa Nostra, IETM, On the Move, UNESCO Forum University network, and the Association of Arts Administration Educators. The survey was answered by more than 450 people in Europe and across the globe. With the data collected, ENCATC’s research team was able to analyse and better understand the use of digital technology by professional profile, geographical area and age group. The in depth research also presents the use of interconnectivity, popular products used among different devices, use of applications and resources,  use of social media, how digital technology is integrated in professional life, and training demands of the different professional profiles.

The research also includes useful conclusions and recommendations. It is clear that training for professionals in the field of arts and culture should be fully adapted to the digital age and designed from a comprehensive understanding of digital technologies as more than mere information and communication technologies. These professionals should know and put into practice the values of a digital culture in which we are immersed, the values of collaborative, participatory and networked culture. Therefore, they must be competent and have digital abilities and digital literacy and skills, in order to be able to fully enjoy the potential of digital technologies. This way, professionals could on their turn contribute to generate proactive, critical and participatory audiences.

ENCATC would like to thank everyone who participated in our survey and to our fantastic ENCATC research team. This research is extremely valuable to the work of ENCATC, but also for the arts and cultural sector to understand how its professionals are implementing their work in a digital age and what ENCATC can do to support them to reach even greater ease of use and interconnectivity,” said ENCATC Secretary General, GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens, upon the release of the research publication.

Having this research allowed ENCATC to design a Masterclass on “Digital Tools for Cultural Managers” that was held on Brussels on 4 December. ENCATC will also use this research for to elaborate a digital handbook in the future.

N° of Pages: 27 | Language: English | Date: December 2015 | Publisher: ENCATC


The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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