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Digitisation and its Impact on the Cultural Sector

One of the four new thematic areas of the "Culture & Democracy" section of the Compendium can highlight in particular how "culture stands as the soul of democracy": namely the area of "Digitisation and Culture".

Following on from last years’ first multi-stakeholder Platform Exchange on Culture and Digitisation (Baku/Azerbaijan) a Council of Europe Recommendation on the “Internet of Citizens” has been prepared and should be launched later this year....

The 2015 Platform Exchange on “Smart Creativity, Smart Democracy” will take place on 4-5 September in Linz in the framework of the Ars Electronica Festival. This practice-driven exchange aims to reveal further evidence of the mutually reinforcing relations between citizens’ digital creativity, media competence, access to and participation in culture, civic engagement, public outreach and democracy. Compendium Authors are welcome to attend the event -at their own cost- and register by 25 August at the latest via the electronic tool available at:   

The draft programme can be downloaded here: and conference papers will be available shortly at the conference website :

A number of papers from the 2014 exchange in Baku and other resources are available on the Platform website, in addition to being available in the section key resources on Digitisation and Culture in the Compendium.