Sharing is Caring 2017: Digitisation and Social Impact?

The fifth Sharing is Caring conference was held in Aarhus  during the city’s tenure as European Capital of Culture. During the Conference the participants has the opportunity to visit the new public library Dokk1, the manor museum Gammel Estrup and the contemporary art museum Museum Jorn. As the main conference  lasted two days the venues included the historical Helsingør Theatre in The Old Town and ARoS Aarhus Art Museum.

About the programme 
The digitisation of cultural heritage collections has been going on for several decades now, promising unprecedented potentials for the GLAM sector to fulfil its public mission of opening up knowledge and culture to the participation and enjoyment of all citizens. The big question is, how can the GLAM sector demonstrate that we are achieving this ambition through the digitally powered public engagement efforts we have been developing on the base of digitisation? Increasingly, politicians and funders are demanding numbers to show that the tax or private money spent on culture have tangible societal impact. How have people’s opportunities to learn, create and contribute to their culture and society improved after we started providing access to digitised collections? Is it even possible to produce hard evidence of such improvements? A wide range of excellent speakers and ignites gave their input on how they use digital heritage in their work with public engagement.

Check out pictures from the conference.

Read a blog about Sharing is Caring Aarhus 2017 by delegates from Hamburg University (in German)