New access to culture

Some interesting points by Mark Sands, director of media and audiences, Tate London, on new users of cultural institutions and new questions that can be asked and answered with broader access to digitized cultural material (starting at min. 37 of the video recording of a recent panel discussion on “new access to culture”):

– the control that cultural institutions used to exercise over their assets is fundamentally challenged

– it is challenged by experts who sit outside of the institution and by members of the public

– there are communities of interest

– a single curator can simply not know everything about a subject, and there are audiences out there who know a great deal whose knowledge can enhance the knowledge of the curator

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