Culturally Smart Cities? Smartness for Citizen Engagement, Artistic Intervention, Audience Development


How will data-driven citizen engagement and cultural, creative actors in the digital transformation contribute to future smart city planning and open data platforms provided by municipalities and governments?

The digitized holdings and archives of cultural heritage institutions provide traces of cultural memory and intangible heritage, which are in focus for audience development and identity building. But notably, new forms of born-digital cultural data are generated by cultural institutions and organizations as well as by the urban environments we live in and by. The focus on born-digital data within the cultural creative field (and sectors) are growing, and gap analysis of cultural creative statistics (cf. KEA Feasibility study on data collection and analysis in the cultural and creative sectors in the EU, September 2015) recommend supplementing existing statistics (EUROSTAT) with semi structured (monitoring) data and data collection of unstructured data, for better insight in how multilayered values - including artists’ interventions and citizens engagement – is created in and through cultural creative institutions, events and productions. Furthermore, value chains in the digital transformation of arts and culture, creative neighborhoods and everyday urban culture seem to instigate Digital Social Innovation, which is at the focal point of e.g. the DSI4EU-project launched by the European Commission. But, cultural data from urban living as well as digital social innovation are challenged with the lack of measures for impact, pathways for sustainability and scalable infrastructures.

Marianne Ping Huang


Wednesday, May 31

Session time:
11:00 - 12:30