In early 2020, the CJM department organized a meeting on digital transformation in the culture sector. Colleague Tom Ruette was there for Kunstenpunt, head of information management, research, and knowledge access. He summarizes some of the findings.
- The digital transformation means that artists and arts organizations have used all kinds of digital tools (from accounting to planning to ticketing and promotion), and these digital tools generate data. If we can capture that data in a sensible way, this can contribute to improved monitoring of the field, while at the same time reducing the administrative planning burden of the artists and arts organizations.
- A switch to such an automated data collection may reduce the planning burden for the artists and arts organizations, but it does require a thorough rethinking of the way in which data is now processed and managed in the culture sector (from the culture department to support centers and funds to the commercial partners who the digital tools). The keywords here are decentralization, agreement frameworks, open data, and automation. If building blocks find a connection with this drastic commemoration, then it can yield something very beautiful.
- The digital transformation, coupled with the challenge of data collection, is mainly a long-term work behind the scenes. Although the call for an overarching project makes sense, we must still keep in mind that the challenge lies in collecting monitoring data in such a way that it does not create additional work for the artists and arts organizations, and not in building some nice tools. The added value of the work lies in the fact that a lot of data sets have already been cleaned up and prepared for analysis, not that we will ever find out whether more beer is drunk during a jazz concert than during a metal concert. That kind of gadget is too easy.
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