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What lessons can be learned from the past experience of data collection and aggregation exercise in relation to the cultural and creative sector?

Pratt, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-2215-9648 (2023). What lessons can be learned from the past experience of data collection and aggregation exercise in relation to the cultural and creative sector? (10.5281/zenodo.8325294). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: CICERONE project.


This deliverable discusses the challenges and gaps in existing data on the Cultural and Creative Sectors (CCS). It highlights the need for a more comprehensive approach to data collection, as the current methods rely on tactical, short-term solutions like reclassifying industrial taxonomies and using proxy measures. The analysis shows that certain industries, such as computer games, and aspects like audience understanding, are underrepresented or missing altogether. This emphasizes the urgency for a dedicated CCS observatory to aggregate and process data effectively.

Furthermore, the deliverable points out that the evolution of CCS concepts over the past 50 years has led to a broadening of scope in cultural domains, making it harder to identify gaps in the statistical record. The transformation of intermediation steps in cultural production, along with the digitization of these processes, has rendered a significant portion of cultural production invisible in existing data. The argument is made for adopting a Global Production Network (GPN) model to better identify these intermediate steps and understand their relations and flows.

The paper advocates for a re-conceptualization of CCS based on the GPN model, aiming to identify missing information and strategically focus future data collection efforts. It also emphasizes the importance of understanding the purpose behind data collection and how it may be skewed towards certain industries or metrics. The proposal for a CCS observatory seeks to integrate existing resources, engage stakeholders, and implement a relational concept of the CCS, ultimately serving as a strategic hub for exploring emerging trends and societal challenges. The paper concludes by providing a contextual proposal for this observatory, emphasizing its role in information generation, stakeholder mobilization, and novel data collection. The CICERONE project's pilot observatory is seen as a potential foundation for this endeavor.

Publication Type: Report
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Departments: School of Communication & Creativity
School of Communication & Creativity > Media, Culture & Creative Industries
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