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digital Cultural Content Forum: An international partnership dedicated to the promotion of digital content and services developed by archives, libraries and museums for education, learning and enjoyment.


The Digital Cultural Content Forum exists to harness expertise and forge consensus among agencies worldwide engaged in the digitization and delivery of the global digital cultural heritage. Its objectives include fostering relationships, developing shared knowledge and undertaking activities to promote creativity, innovation and excellence in the digital cultural content sector.

The scope of the Forum is worldwide.


In all its work the Forum wishes to:

  • Work in an international context with agencies that share similar missions to share experience and knowledge and to present integrated results
  • Mutually develop a global, transdisciplinary vision that crosses information domains and promotes the role of cultural institutions in education and learning
  • Define common research needs and strategies and create a framework for collaboration
  • Understand the needs and expectations of users and potential users of digital information worldwide
  • Promote cognitive research that will underpin the education and learning goals of cultural heritage institutions worldwide
  • Promote the use of standards and best practices for the creation, presentation, management, use, preservation, and interoperability of digital content
  • Encourage the dissemination of research results to each participant's communities
  • Provide a liaison between cultural industries and the research community
  • Avoid duplication of work being done by other international organizations


The Forum supports activities such as:

  • Arranging the program and logistics for meetings;
  • Updating the Forum Website;
  • Writing meeting reports;
  • Identifying potential research or other activities, and funding, that might be undertaken under the Forum's auspices;
  • Monitoring research projects or other activities undertaken by the Forum through grants, contracts, or other means;
  • Disseminating information about the Forum and its activities to participants and others as appropriate.

Forum activities are supported jointly by Canadian Heritage Information Network, the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Studies and the German Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Foundation for Prussian Cultural Heritage).


The Forum meets once per year. Additional meetings may be scheduled as necessary. Meetings will include a technical program, which should draw upon appropriate invited experts, and open discussion. Top researchers in the domain will be invited to present and participate in discussion when and as needed. Each meeting will have one or more main themes, and a report should be published after every meeting. Each participating organization may send one technical representative to Forum meetings.

Over the last ten years, the DCCF offered with an opportunity to engage in frank discussions and to explore opportunities for collaboration. While there will always be conferences dedicated to technological trends, audience behaviours and best practices, the DCCF focuses on broader international cooperation and delves into the policies, standards and programmes that nurture digital cultural content development and dissemination.


Participation to DCCF is by invitation only. Institutions and organisations that are interested in the Forum's goals are invited to express their interest at the email address to be found under the Contact section of this website or to one of the managing institutions.