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European Policy Brief. The Cultural Heritage Institution: Transformation and Change in a Digital Age

This policy brief is concerned with CH institutions in a time of dynamic cultural, social and technological change. Specifically, it considers the multi-faceted impact of DT and the recalibration of the relationship between institutional CH practices and the individual. It advocates that innovation through research and new technologies are essential for bringing the CH of Europe closer to people, the importance of the CH sector to European growth and the recognition of DT as a driver of change in the CH institution.

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RICHES Think Paper 05. Digital heritage: intellectual rights, democracy and commoditisation of cultural heritage places

This Think Paper refects on debates arising from RICHES research regarding the increasing digitisation of cultural heritage places. The analysis highlights concerns about intellectual property rights, democratisation of knowledge and commoditisation of cultural heritage places. It argues that while digital technologies offer new opportunities to experience, consume, conserve and interact with cultural heritage, a balanced approached is needed to ensure the medium plays the role of enhancement rather than replacement or monopolisation.

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RICHES Think Paper 04. Digital Technologies: Re-thinking Turkish Libraries in an Information Society

Digital technology (DT) has had an enormous impact on Turkish society and culture and has introduced many changes in cultural heritage (CH) institutions such as libraries in Turkey. Traditionally used for borrowing books, doing homework or spending free time within a specific restricted timeframe, the introduction of DT has allowed for an expanded service for users with no restrictions of time and place or socio-economic background. For example, the important and extensive history and CH of Anatolia has been digitised and can be accessed online by anyone, at any time and in any place.

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D3.1 Transformantion, change and best practice for CH processes

Report presenting the results of investigations into how digital practices are transforming the traditional cultural heritage interactions and practices. It explores the current challenges and potential opportunities for CH that lie ahead and reflects the context of change related to following fields: CH held by cultural institutions; mediated and unmediated CH; traditional hand-making skills; transformations of physical spaces, places and territories; digitization on performance-based CH.

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The Digitization Age. Mass Culture is Quality Culture

The amount of digitized cultural heritage in Europe continues to grow: the digitization activities have a positive impact on the society, by making the cultural heritage more accessible for the citizens, and by generating benefits to the content owners. Several questions arise about digitized cultural heritage: how can digital cultural data be re-used at best, what is the impact on society and how to preserve it in the long term?

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