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inDICEs – Measuring the Impact of Digital Culture

The goal of the inDICEs Digital Culture project is to empower policy experts and decision makers in the Cultural and Creative Industries. The project will assess the social and economic impact of digitization and address the need for innovative (re)use of cultural assets. For this purpose, inDICEs will track policies in an open observatory. This will help establish policy priorities for successful digital transformation and future governance of cultural and creative content ecosystems. By the end of the project, policy-makers will have a solid framework to assess the impact of cultural heritage and a dashboard to keep track of the impact of cultural heritage in Europe.

Objectives of the inDICEs Digital Culture Project

inDICEs - Measuring the Impact of Digital CultureThe methodology of the inDICEs project will make extensive use of existing frameworks such as Culture 3.0 and the Europeana Impact Framework. We will continuously refine these frameworks to assess the impact of digitization on the cultural and creative industries. In this scenario, the project seeks to address five specific objectives:

  • Develop a comprehensive portfolio of methods to measure the economic and social impact of cultural heritage digitization on the access to European cultural goods and services and their modes of production.
  • Produce an in-depth comparative analysis of the impact of digitization and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) rules and practices on the access to European culture and on the creative cultural production. This will enable participants in the cultural heritage sector to assess the legal constraints on their collections. It will also help them identify risks and risk mitigation strategies for the exploitation of their digital cultural assets.
  • Formulate recommendations and best practices for policy-makers and the cultural and creative sector. We will develop innovative solutions and business models to overcome bottlenecks in the creative (re)use and consumption of cultural assets. These solutions will maximize the impact of digitized cultural heritage in the European Single Market. They will also foster creative (re)use in new productions.
  • Establish an open observatory to track policies and trends over the long-term. This observatory will make the collected data openly available on a dedicated platform. Connected to the Europeana Digital Service Infrastructure, the observatory will offer a participatory space for dialogue and experience exchange. It will engage communities and experts in the research, cultural and creative sectors.
  • Empower Cultural Heritage Institutions to perform a strategic self-assessment regarding their readiness for the Digital Single Market. This assessment will include business models and the adaptation to the current legal frameworks in order to foster digital transformation.

inDICEs Project Consortium

The inDICES project will reach these objectives in a multidisciplinary partnership, which includes pan-European platforms that give access to digital culture content, research infrastructures in digital humanities and social science sector, creative industry representatives, research centers on IPR regulations and management, and leaders in business innovation and in methods for measuring the impact of digital culture on the economic, social and creative spheres.

As part of this multidisciplinary partnership, webLyzard brings a strong background in content collection and processing, metadata enrichment and visual analytics. This background has been developed in past projects and includes system integration expertise from the InVID and ReTV Horizon 2020 Projects. InDICEs will also leverage past work on knowledge co-creation to support stakeholder engagement.

inDICEs Dashboard

webLyzard’s main contributions will focus on on data collection and enrichment (including knowledge graph alignment) as well as on the development of the inDICEs Visual Analytics Dashboard. The latter will provide real-time data services and interactive visualizations to explore the inDICEs knowledge repository along multiple context dimensions.

inDICES Visual Analytics Dashboard on Digital CultureScreenshot of the inDICEs Visual Analytics Dashboard