Cultural Policies and New Technologies of Communication
In view of the interaction between culture and development
and the rapid cultural and technological change in the context of
continuous globalization, Culturelink's efforts are oriented towards
the development of its World Wide Web Project, i.e., advancing
the usability of the Cultural Policy Database through the Internet.
The same is true of its Asia-Pacific Regional Centre, which has
recently presented its redesigned web site, offering access to its
databases and documents, including an opinion forum. As cultural
workers feel more at ease with current technological advances, profiting
from them for diverse organizational purposes and using them as
a tool for artistic expression and communication, they are increasingly
networking in real life as well as in cyberspace. In this issue
we therefore present some of the arts online networks, such as Arts
Wire and Australia's Cultural Network.
We also publish Dr. Smiers's invitation to participate in a digital
forum, exchanging research results and experiences concerning the
consequences of new communication technologies for artistic cultures
in the world today.
A number of contributions deal with cultural policies - from the establishment of the Cultural Policy and Planning Research Unit at the Faculty of Humanities at Nottingham Trent University (which will provide the UK with an academic base akin to centres in Europe, Australia and Canada, dedicated to the analysis and development of cultural policy), through a study on developing a cultural policy for the Americas, a study on Colombian Cultural Policy ('a language of peace'), and the Council of Europe's Compendium of Cultural Policies in Europe, to UNESCO's Dossier dedicated to Cultural policies for development - Assessing needs, devising tools and imagining new methods. Cultural policies and new communication technologies are the underlying theme of this issue, even though other interesting topics are also included. We hope that this will stimulate dialogue and exchange of views among the Culturelink members.