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13.04.2018

Icon Welcomes Culture Is Digital Report

In March 2018 the DCMS published the Culture Is Digital report – a strategy for the cultural and technology sectors.

The report aims to align the two sectors’ interests more closely and explores how culture and technology can collaborate “to drive audience engagement, boost the capability of cultural organisations and unleash the creative potential of technology.”

Icon has welcomed the report in a statement, highlighting how the practice of conservation exemplifies the symbiotic relationship between culture and technology. Conservation plays an active role in this relationship, inspiring development and progress through the research questions it raises.

Our statement praises the government’s commitments to support cultural organisations in increasing engagement through digital tools, improving digital skills and capability and in developing common standards to digitisation.

Our increasingly digital cultural heritage is challenging traditional practices and perceptions of conservation and we urged decisionmakers to recognise these new specialist skills needs.

We also emphasised the need for more parity of support between the sectors: “In order for the UK technology and cultural sectors to retain their ‘ultimate power couple’ status, a greater balance of funding and support must be achieved.”

Read our full statement here.

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