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Norway/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.11 New technologies and digitalisation in the arts and culture

Strategies to promote the implementation of new technologies in the field of art and cultural policy range from the general policies of utilising the potential of information technologies in public administration to specific support schemes for artistic work. From 1998-2000, Arts Council Norway had an experimental scheme giving support to artistic projects implementing new technologies. Since 2001, money specified for the same purpose is allocated through the ordinary support schemes on theatre / dance and visual art of the Arts Council.

In the area of heritage policies, a five-year project aimed at establishing a digital library was started in 2003. Its vision was to give the public easy access to information and knowledge sources in libraries, archives and museums.

In recent years, there have been several debates on e-books, downloaded music and downloaded movies. This debate includes VAT exemptions and library's relationships to e-books. As a pilot project, one Norwegian library now offers e-books and e-book readers.

Since 2010, there has been a large increase in streaming of music. In addition to Spotify, a Norwegian streaming service called Wimp has been released. In 2011, more than 10% of the population has subscribed to such services, which seems to have become a large income source for artists.


Chapter published: 04-08-2011

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              Council of Europe/ERICarts, "Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe, 15th edition", 2014 | ISSN 2222-7334