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Digital Culture Compass

Digital Culture Compass Launched

Added on, 11 February 2020

Arts, heritage and cultural organisations can now check their digital maturity with a new Digital Culture Compass tool

The Digital Culture Compass is an online toolkit to support arts, culture and heritage organisations to integrate digital technology into their work. 

Launched by Arts Council England and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Digital Culture Compass, is a free toolkit designed to help organisations get the most out of digital. The Compass addresses recommendations from DCMS’ Culture is Digital report and has been developed following research and consultation involving a variety of organisations to ensure it is relevant to the needs of the cultural and heritage sectors. It’s made up of a Charter that outlines digital best practice, and a Tracker that allows organisations to assess their approach to digital technology and develop plans for future work.

The Tracker has been developed with arts and heritage organisations of all types and sizes to help organisations:

  • Assess current use of digital
  • Set targets  
  • Record notes that explain the thinking behind assessment and targets
  • Share reports online with colleagues and others
  • Export content for working offline
  • Report on digital progress at different times or for different reasons. 

The Digital Culture Charter is for all cultural organisations in the UK using, or planning to use, digital content, services, experiences, data, systems or technologies as part of their work and is designed so organisations’ leaders – directors, trustees or senior managers – can make and communicate a commitment to approaching digital activities in ways that are led by core values, centred on people’s needs and responsive to change.

The Digital Culture Compass has been commissioned by Arts Council England in partnership with The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Iwas developed by a partnership led by The Space with Culture24, The Audience Agency / Golant Innovation, the University of Leicester and Creative Coop.