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Ukraine/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.11 New technologies and digitalisation in the arts and culture

In 2011, the government of Ukraine has entrusted the Ministry of Culture and Academy of Sciences of Ukraine with creating a unified and generally accessible electronic library (Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers, #1094/0/16-11 as of 29 November 2011).

The electronic library "Culture of Ukraine" is shaped by the National Parliament Library of Ukraine to make accessible cultural heritage preserved in libraries, documents and parts of history to a wider audience.

So far, four collections of the electronic library have been formed:

  • history of culture, theory of culture, policy of culture;
  • arts;
  • ethnography (nations of Ukraine, tangible culture, spiritual culture); and
  • culture institutions (libraries, museums, archives, educational institutions, foundations, associations, societies, Ukrainian centres abroad).

The electronic library includes now more than 2100 editions and should become a part of the National electronic library.

Due to limited financial resources, there are no special state programmes to support artists working with new technologies. Innovations in the field of new technologies are usually developed with non-governmental resources. These resources, especially, are proactive in formulating a new cultural policy facing the current political and social challenges.

Chapter published: 05-06-2015

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