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eCulture: The European Perspective

Cultural Policy - Knowledge Industries - Information Lag

CIRCLE/Culturelink International Round Table

Zagreb, Croatia, 24-27 April 2003

Overall Theme

Cultural changes and perspectives regarding the new developments in the ICT sector and the emerging information lag, the impact of new technologies on cultural policy-related issues, especially the interaction between creative forces and the new media are in the focus of this Round Table.

The impact of information, communication and knowledge industries on (European) cultural policies will be examined during the meeting.

The Round Table will serve as an excellent background to the UN World Summit on the Information Society to be held in Geneva this December where some ready conclusions and recommendations may be presented.

Range and Scope of the Conference

The Round Table will address the issues that are related to the term of eCulture, and that have been in the focus of the general and professional debate, as well as of the cultural sector, but need a more in-depth look marked by the specific pan-European perspective.

The event is co-organized by CIRCLE and the Culturelink Network.

The international keynote presentations are expected from experts in the field, with the participation of both practitioners and researchers.

The following themes are to be discussed at the conference:

  • Theme A - eCULTURAL POLICIES: Existing/Future Strategies
    Analysing the common denominators and trends in the sphere of creative industries at the European level, from both the national and regional perspectives, attention will be drawn to the eCulture-oriented knowledge industry strategies and best practices. It will embrace all forms of cultural industries and their usage of ICT.
  • Theme B - eCULTURE AND NEW ECONOMY: Inclusion or Exclusion?
    Comparing the global and the European situation in the context of the emerging eEconomy, copyright issues, and the media shift towards the new public/consumers. Furthermore, applications of ICT in the field of culture will be examined, with a particular interest in the strategies that cultural institutions are using to include the new eCitizens – digitalisation of heritage, for example.
  • Theme C - LOGISTICS: The Existing On-line Resources
    In order to define and describe the existing resources in Europe, providing the basis for further elaboration of the impact of ICT on culture, the general profiles (key points) of the leading cultural documentation and research organizations/networks in Europe will be presented. Also, some possible links and trends in co-operation tendencies will be examined.

In order to contribute to the development of links between the theory and practice (or between virtual reality and real life), the Round Table will provide a workshop with the participation of actors from the eCulture-community, tending to describe the existing discrepancy between management of change and the chaotic reality. The results of this debate should be presented in form of recommendations and ideas for establishing a research agenda, initiating the much needed research projects in the field. As another contribution to the workshop, representatives of an Internet portal working in the field of culture will present their activities and offer their views of possible strategies and alliances in the sector, raising questions from the activist's perspective, while inviting participants to contribute to the discussion.

Aims and Expected Results of the Conference

  • to draw attention of the cultural sector to different issues related to eCulture within the European framework
  • to give an overview of the existing problems and obstacles for further development of eCulture
  • to build understanding and to draw conclusions about the role of eCultural creativity and the new knowledge industries in the cultural policies
  • to exchange information and share ideas on forging links among various actors in the field
  • to identify the burning issues that have to be investigated and to provide reccommendations for further research

For more information, please contact: Daniela Angelina Jelinčić, Culturelink/IMO, Vukotinovićeva 2, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia, tel.: +385-1-4826522; fax: +385-1-4828361; e-mail: daniela@irmo.hr; http://www.culturelink.org/eculture.html


Institute for International Relations
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