2012 Assembly of Compendium Experts:
The 2012 Assembly of Compendium Experts will take place on the 28-29 of June 2012 in the beautiful city of Helsinki (Finland).
The Assembly is envisaged as part of a trilogy of cultural policy events by invitation of the Finnish Government (Ministry of Education and Culture).
The aim is to encourage further exchange between IFACCA, the Compendium, the CultureWatchEurope (CWE) Initiative and the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly’s (PACE) Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media and create added value by co-operating on jointly shared cultural policy interests. This is expected to help improve the content of the Compendium information system and at the same time facilitate future pan-European research efforts.
The suggested topic of participation in culture stems from PACE’s recent draft Report on the right of everyone to take part in cultural life and resonates perfectly with the Compendium work at respective authors’ meetings 2010 and 2011, as well as CWE work and conferences 2009-2011.
A draft agenda is being prepared and will be soon presented on the Compendium as well as on our Facebook page!
A new website to be launched in cooperation with the Compendium community
In connection with the Directorate’s CultureWatchEurope (CWE), the Council of Europe is currently developing a new website which interactive inclusion of data, knowledge, expert analyses, debates and anticipations on current or forthcoming key cultural policy issues and concerns from a European perspective or related to individual European states
The Compendium will keep you informed on these developments!
The new space would allow: (a) an exchange between cultural, professional and civil society representatives and governmental representatives on a highly expert level and enhance a multi-stakeholder approach to current cultural policy making; (b) posting of alerts by Compendium authors or civil society organisations; (c) presentation of hot topics papers and background analyses.
2011 CUPIX DATA available
Something special for our statistics friends!
While the CUPIX exercise was not originally intended to be a price index in the traditional sense, its results do help illustrate the effects (or not) of policy measures such as the fixed book price or differences between the prices of publicly funded arts services vs. private sector culture industry goods over the past years.
The new 2011 CUPIX data (data collected during November 2011) were recently presented.
Compendium soon in French and German
As foreseen in the editorial programme for this year, the staff of the ERICarts Institute has started to turn the Compendium into a multilingual information system. In a first step, introductory texts, headers and the user interface of the Compendium have been translated into French and German. This will allow users from French and German speaking countries to better understand and handle the Compendium system. Other languages (e.g. Spanish) are to follow, if resources permit.
In addition, all Compendium experts are encouraged to submit their profiles in the national language(s) – in a number of cases these texts can already now be downloaded separately.
Key resources, e.g. in the Themes! section, continue to be presented in their original languages, in order to safeguard the integrity of these texts. As well, the standard language English needs to be retained in the case of the country profiles, in order to allow direct comparisons of the content. However, if country profiles have also been submitted in national languages, users will be able to choose which language to take.
SUCCESSFUL OPEN CALL OF INTEREST
In order to maintain or further enhance the quality and the scope of the Compendium and to comply with European practices addressing good governance, transparency and equal opportunities, an Open Call of Interest for "Lead" and "Contributing Experts" had been launched last year (deadline 31. December 2011). New experts may participate in the updating of country profiles, contribute to the overall system with their particular expertise (e.g. in present or additional Working Groups), advise on comparative methods, take over specific editorial tasks, or help to conduct monitoring exercises.
With 33 qualified applications arriving within a few weeks, this call should indeed be considered a success. The results are currently evaluated and decisions are expected by early March. Already now, the Compendium would like to welcome newcomers in its community of experts!
COMPENDIUM COMMUNNITY WILL GROWl
New experts may participate in the updating of country profiles, contribute to the overall system with their particular expertise (e.g. in present or additional Working Groups), advise on comparative methods, take over specific editorial tasks, or help to conduct monitoring exercises (decisions are to be expected until early March).
In this context the Compendium will welcome new members to its community!
RESULTS OF LAST COMPENDIUM POLL
The Compendium thanks the users for giving their opinion regarding the importance of religious issues and sports in a cultural policy context. The online poll came to the following results:
Consequently the editors will now try to include the results in the future Compendium structure
14% reflect relevant religious issues and policy debates;
15% reflect relevant sports policies;
48% reflect both;
23% The Compendium should rather exclude these issues.