Innovative, Open and Economically Sustainable Models of Creative Production - #info

The National Centre of Documentation (EKT/NHRF), in the context of its activities towards the promotion and reuse of validated research, scientific and cultural knowledge, implements the European project Creativity: Innovative Models of Production and Access. The project concerns the recording of innovative practices within the European creative industries, during a period when the economical sustainability of the cultural production depends to a great extent on the promotion of new, flexible and more collaborative structures of creativity. The conference is part of the project “Creativity: Innovative Models of Production and Access (CIMPA), which is funded by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), within the Culture Programme 2007-2013.


The mode of production of intangible goods, whether this is an article in an encyclopedia or a computer program, a map or a piece of music, has changed radically throughout the recent years. Examples such as Wikipedia, the computer operating system Linux, the open maps Open Street Map and music platforms like SoundCloud, suggest that the production of cultural goods develops gradually in a more collaborative, open and collective mode, through digital platforms and with continuous re-processing of basic cultural resources.

Another exceptionally interesting fact is that this model of collaborative production and reuse expands dynamically to actions of limited, until recently, “openness”: from the funding of enterprises via electronic platforms with decentered mode, without any “market mechanism”, to e-government practices, the effectiveness of which is now associated with the “opening” of data (the data concerning the place and time of Public Transport is an indicative example).

This “opening” we come across widely in the digital world has a tremendous effect on the analogue one and, particularly, on the way the production of artifacts of applied and fine arts develops, on behalf of the artists preoccupied with concepts such as reuse and ownership, as well as on behalf of designers using and providing open for reuse designs. Initiatives, such as openFabrication or openFab are based on the sharing of physical spaces, where the designing takes place, but also on the sharing of knowledge and fabrication of original and functional three-dimensional artifacts. Those models are based on intellectual property management tools, such as open licences, intending to facilitate and not limit the access to the digital goods.

The “Creativity” conference organized by EKT/NHRF comes to present those models, evaluate their relation to more traditional models of creative production and promote their composing elements, which can contribute to development and innovation during an exceptionally unfavorable situation for the country.


The Creative Industries comprise the sum of the activities based on individual creativity, skill and talent, with the potential to generate wealth and jobs through the development of various models for managing intellectual property rights. The European Creative Industries’ contribution to the total  GDP of the 27 member states of EE  amounts to 560 billion euros for the year 2008, accounting for 4.5% of European GDP (EU27), while the number of relevant job positions amounted to 8,5 million.
There are instances when the creative industries coincide with the cultural industries, some including artifacts produced in the context of applied and fine arts, audiovisual and musical industry, fashion and photography, while the activities relevant to museums, archives, artistic galleries and libraries remain outside this realm. The term creative and cultural industries is used identically in this instance, whereas the industry of education, research and science functions complementary to what is in total addressed to as industry of knowledge.

EKT/NHRF, as a knowledge-intensive organisation and the official body for the aggregation, conservation and provision of a uniform open access point for certified scientific and cultural knowledge in Greece, develops infrastructures and services that support the Creative Industries field and contribute to the decision making for policies based on qualitative and quantitative data.


The policies adopted on national level in respect to the reinforcement of creative industries are crucial for the evaluation of their contribution to the further development of the field. This reveals the necessity of an evidence-based policy making.

EKT/NHRF plays a crucial role regarding the provision of data necessary in order for those policies to be made, being currently the institution collecting the sum of research and innovation data throughout the country. The conference for Creativity constitutes an initiative on behalf of EKT/NHRF, in the context of its aim to contribute to the understanding of innovative ways for the management of creative industries and the development of policies capable of reinforcing the further evolution of the field. With this purpose in mind, the conference will incorporate presentations concerning the qualitative data collected by EKT/NHRF regarding the field of Creative Industries in Greece.


National Documentation Centre

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