The value of mass-digitised cultural heritage content in creative contexts

Melissa Terras, Stephen Coleman, Steven Drost, Chris Elsden, Ingi Helgason, Susan Lechelt, Nicola Osborne, Inge Paneels, Briana Pegado, Burkhard Schafer, Michael Smyth, Pip Thornton, Chris Speed

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Abstract / Description of output

How can digitised assets of Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums be reused to unlock new value? What are the implications of viewing large-scale cultural heritage data as an economic resource, to build new products and services upon? Drawing upon valuation studies, we reflect on both the theory and practicalities of using mass-digitised heritage content as an economic driver, stressing the need to consider the complexity of commercial based outcomes within the context of cultural and creative industries. However, we also problematise the act of considering such heritage content as a resource to be exploited for economic growth, in order to inform how we consider, develop, deliver, and value mass digitisation. Our research will be of interest to those wishing to understand a rapidly changing research and innovation landscape, those considering how to engage memory institutions in data-driven activities, and those critically evaluating years of mass-digitisation across the heritage sector.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages15
JournalBig Data and Society
Issue number1
Early online date6 Apr 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Apr 2021

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • digitisation
  • creative industries
  • cultural heritage
  • GLAM institutions
  • entrepreneurship
  • industrial strategy


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