Digital Culture (DigiCULT) is an IST Support Measure (IST-2001-34898) to establish a regular technology watch for cultural and scientific heritage over the period of 30 months (03/2002-08/2004).
The mission of DigiCULT
Benefiting the Cultural Heritage sector, through monitoring and assessing existing and emerging technologies that provide opportunities to optimise the development, access to, and preservation of Europe's rich cultural and scientific heritage, within the emerging digital cultural economy.
DigiCULT draws on the results of the strategic study "Technological Landscapes for Tomorrow's Cultural Economy - DigiCULT", that was initiated by the European Commission, DG Information Society (Unit D2: Cultural Heritage Applications) in 2000 and completed in 2001.
This study covers several areas of interest, (national policies and initiatives, organisational change, exploitation, and ICT) and formulates a series of recommendations. In particular, it provides a roadmap of how cultural heritage technologies will or could develop in the near future (until 2006).
Building on the knowledge and expertise of over 50 cultural heritage experts, DigiCULT will discuss and analyse current and future trends in several technology domains, that have been identified as key areas during the DigiCULT study. DigiCULT will also function as a stimulus for future R&D in/for the cultural heritage sector.
In order to encourage early take up of new issues, the results and recommendations of DigiCULT will be actively disseminated and distributed to the relevant target groups throughout Europe. The DigiCULT products will include: Technology Watch Reports, Thematic Issues and Newsletters.