A Reality Check 2003 by Jan Servaes

By Jan Servaes

The globalisation of social, cultural and monetary kin is facilitated, and even as conditioned by means of advancements within the info and communications applied sciences (ICT) and infrastructure. Human wisdom introduced mankind from an oral to a literate tradition, because of the discovery of print media. the improvement of digital media within the final century cleared the path for the knowledge age, within which spatial and temporal constraints are lifted.

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This research action line seeks to “promote the protection and sustainable management of cultural heritage, its preservation and development, and steps to make it more accessible to the public” (Commission’s ‘Europa’ web site). Thirdly, it is suggested that funding may be provided under the FP4 for ‘certain cultural projects involving ‘international cooperation activities’, particularly with the Mediterranean countries. European Union ICT Policies 47 Finally, we may note that the EU’s main educational exchange and training programmes, SOCRATES and Leonardo da Vinci , do provide funding particularly for projects in the field related to the arts and culture.

This notion suggests that they can or may be applied or adopted across a very wide range of industrial, social and cultural activities, in much the same way as electricity at the turn of the twentieth century, for example. However, the forms and extent of such applications, no less than the origins or supply-side aspects of new ICT, are not determined by any single technological ‘logic’ or trajectory. Rather these are and will be influenced by a wide set of institutional, socio-economic, policy and other factors, In any case, although researchers may disagree about the precise role 36 The European Information Society and influence of technological and/or other factors in this process, new ICT has been widely viewed the most significant contemporary technology cluster with important economic, social cultural and policy implications (Preston, 2001).

B) ‘CONTENT’ Related FP5 Multimedia Content & Tools Programme The FP5 IST research stream relates to ‘the development of tools and systems for managing, disseminating and using digital content’. The programmes brief cites some examples of content with a cultural 45 European Union ICT Policies FP5 Energy, Environment & Sustainable Developmen programme The ‘eContent ‘ programme The ‘TENTelecom’ programme theme: This programme includes a key action called "The city of tomorrow and cultural heritage".

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