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Building Digital Capacity

As COVID-19 changes and challenges the cultural heritage sector, the importance of building capacity for digital transformation is clearer than ever. We have developed a phased project to help us identify and shape a capacity-building framework based on the needs of our sector.

Through our special workshop series around ‘Digital Transformation in the time of COVID-19’, we have worked to bring the perspective, experience and expertise of thought leaders across the sector together to identify new paths through - and beyond - the COVID-19 crisis for digital cultural heritage. The outcomes of the workshops and an accompanying report from Culture24 are shaping the next phase of this project as we seek to involve more voices from across the sector and continent. The outcomes have helped shape the themes of Europeana 2020.

Our approach

Building Digital Capacity: sense-making findings and outcomes

Title: A Vision for European Cultural Heritage 2025

Creator: Sebastiaan ter Burg

Date: May 2018, Bulgaria

Institution: Europeana Foundation

Country: The Netherlands

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Building Digital Capacity: sense-making findings and outcomes

As we continue to explore how we can build digital capacity in our sector, we’re delighted to share two complementary reports from our work on the project. Building on workshops with 64 changemakers, together these reports raise key questions and themes which further our understanding of what supporting digital capacity for the cultural heritage sector really means.

Understanding digital transformation across the cultural heritage sector

Title: A Vision for European Cultural Heritage 2025

Creator: Sebastiaan Ter Burg

Date: May 2018, Bulgaria

Institution: Europeana Foundation

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Understanding digital transformation across the cultural heritage sector

Explore how we are working with Culture24 to develop a shared understanding of what is happening in our sector to support digital capacity and what terms like ‘digital transformation’ mean in practice for GLAM institutions.

Our reports

Digital transformation in the time of COVID-19 - sense-making workshops findings and outcomes

Title: A Vision for European Cultural Heritage 2025

Creator: Sebastiaan ter Burg

Date: May 2018, Bulgaria

Institution: Europeana Foundation

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Digital transformation in the time of COVID-19 - sense-making workshops findings and outcomes

Created: 28 September 2020

In June 2020, as part of our capacity building project, we launched a series of workshops that called upon our community to bring their perspective, experience and expertise together to identify new paths through - and beyond - the COVID-19 crisis for digital cultural heritage. Here you can explore the findings from these workshops.

The digital transformation agenda and GLAMs - Culture24 findings and outcomes

Title: Europeana Strategy meeting “Migration and culture: how can our past educate our present”,

Creator: Sebastiaan ter Burg

Institution: Europeana Foundation

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The digital transformation agenda and GLAMs - Culture24 findings and outcomes

Created: 28 September 2020

In summer 2020, as part of our capacity building project, we commissioned independent charity Culture24 to produce a report to help develop a shared understanding of what is happening in our sector to support digital capacity, to consider what terms like ‘digital transformation’ mean in practice for GLAM institutions and to provide a snapshot of digital capacity building initiatives in the sector.

Explore the workshops

Hear from participants

Exploring the CoGhent Project

Title: DING Courtyard Open Windows

Creator: Carmody Groarke, TRANS and RE-ST

Date: 9 July 2020

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Exploring the CoGhent Project

Created: 31 July 2020

In June, Europeana brought together 60 cultural heritage professionals from across Europe for a special series of peer-to-peer workshops on ‘Digital transformation in the time of COVID-19’. In this post, Jasper Visser - one of the process’s facilitators - interviews participant Oliver D’huynslager of Design Museum Ghent on his experiences in the workshops and the new and exciting ‘CoGhent’ project.  

Online formats and the GLAM sector in the time of COVID-19

Title: Europeana Strategy meeting “Migration and culture: how can our past educate our present”

Creator: Sebastiaan Ter Burg

Date: 2017-05-24

Institution: Europeana Foundation

Country: Netherlands

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Online formats and the GLAM sector in the time of COVID-19

Created: 2 September 2020

In June, Europeana brought together 60 cultural heritage professionals from across Europe for a special series of peer-to-peer workshops on ‘Digital transformation in the time of COVID-19’. In this post, participant Graham Bell reflects on how the GLAM sector can work with online communications channels and explores how the Cultura Trust has adapted to this ‘new normal’. 

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