Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Digital technologies & the arts

Prepared by David Poole

This discussion paper, intended for use by arts funding bodies, provides a useful overview of "current knowledge on the theme of digital transition and the impact of new technology on the arts". The paper indicates that "the electronic, networked and interactive nature of the digital world has a significant impact on the arts".

Executive Summary

Based on a literature review and consultation with 250 arts practitioners and cultural workers, this report examines the impact of digital technologies on human resources in the cultural sector. The report argues that, "as the Canadian economy continues to move toward a knowledge-based economy, the creativity exhibited by the cultural sector will only increase in importance".

Arguing that "the effects of globalization and the digital environment present an important challenge for cultural policies and institutions", this recent conference brought together experts from Canada, Europe, and the United States in order to "allow participants to review the traditional model of cultural development, with particular emphasis on the cultural behaviour of immigrant populations and of younger generations".

This survey of 466 North American arts organizations from a range of disciplines, including over 100 Canadian respondents, examines how the organizations use, implement and plan for technology. Overall, responding organizations indicated that they are one step behind with regards to technology.

Based on a literature review, 39 key informant interviews, 15 focus group sessions and an online survey (completed by 2,698 cultural workers and employers), this report identifies key trends and issues regarding human resources in Canada's cultural sector and provides recommendations for addressing human resource challenges.

This report examines the impact of digitization on Canadian book publishers. The report provides recommendations about how the Association of Canadian Publishers and its members can stay abreast of the changes and implement best practices in their business activities.
This report investigates recent changes that have affected the music industry, such as the arrival of efficient digital technologies and the adeptness with which music consumers have explored non-traditional methods of music transmission.
The Pew Internet and American Life Project surveyed artists, musicians and members of the public to gather information on their perceptions of internet usage in regards to artistic activity and intellectual property.
In this report, Barbara Soren explores the characteristics of educational and meaningful online experiences and evaluates a number of virtual museum exhibits based on their ability to engage online visitors.
Two NEA Research Notes based on the 2002 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA) examine participation in the arts and demographic characteristics of arts attendees. The report on overall participation in the arts shows that 76% of all Americans – or 157 million Americans 18 or older – participated in the arts in some way in 2001/02. This figure is strikingly similar to an equivalent Canadian figure...