We support the digital transformation in Berlin’s culture scene
An eye on the needs of culture professionals
The digital transformation is arriving in Berlin’s diverse cultural landscape at varying speeds. In order to do justice to the scene’s multitude of needs, the Senate Administration for Culture and Europe initiated a dialogue process with the city’s culture professionals in 2018. Their input contributed to shaping the funding measures for the digital development of the culture scene. Funded by the Senate Administration, Technologiestiftung Berlin designed the process from the very beginning and contributed to its development with activities ranging from a carrying out a needs analysis on the use of digital tools and capturing the digital infrastructure in Berlin’s culture sector to events, information and guidelines.
Digitization offers the cultural sector great opportunities to become more efficient and to reach new target groups. I consider creating a modern infrastructure that prevents everyone from having to reinvent the wheel for themselves as an important public task. With the Technology Foundation, we have found an ideal partner with whom we can share and implement the goal.
Public digital infrastructure creates favourable general conditions
Berlin has a diverse cultural landscape and its presentation online is highly fragmented. To make cultural institutions more accessible, searchable and reachable, culture-related data needs to be pooled in a common digital infrastructure across disciplines and made accessible. We are developing a culture data platform to serve as such an open digital infrastructure for Berlin’s culture scene.
Learning from others: Practical knowledge and good practice
From searchability to target-group orientation, many culture professionals have expressed the need for more discussion on the issue of the digital transformation and the kulturBdigital Lab is our response. We also offer regular events on digital methods, formats and technologies, support interdisciplinary networking and help culture professionals to develop digital expertise in their own practice-orientated projects.