Canada’s Cultural Sector Digital Impact

Gail Chiasson, North American Editor

The Cultural Human Resources Council has commissioned Nordicity, Ottawa, to undertake a pan-Canadian study on the Impact of Digital Technology on the Cultural Sector.

The study aims to measure the impact of technology on the labour force in eight cultural sub-sectors: visual arts and crafts; live performing arts; film and television; broadcasting; writing and publishing; music and sound recording; heritage (archives, libraries, museums and built heritage); and digital media. The study seeks to find common issues across the eight sub-sectors, and identify those issues, which are particular to each specific sub-sector. The study will focus on the human resources dimensions.

“As we identified in our issues discussion paper ‘Towards a National Digital Strategy’, skills development forms a central component of a digital economy strategy, particularly in the cultural sector,” says Peter Lyman, senior partner, Nordicity. “We look forward to working closely with CHRC to help put in place mechanisms to ensure Canadian talent can seize a bigger share of the digital potential,”

The Nordicity team will deliver its findings and recommendations in a final report to the CHRC in June, 2011.

Nordicity is a leading international consulting firm that specializes in policy, strategy, and economic analysis in the cultural and communications industry sectors.

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