project

About
The National Documentation Centre, 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”, designed to record innovative practices in the European field of Creative Industries. 
 
The Creative Industries comprise the sum of 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.
 
The project aims at analyzing emerging practices of creative production that are based on innovative, cooperative and participatory processes. Additionally, the project focuses on new entrepreneurial models that are fully adapted to the digital environment and partake in the area of creative industries. In the recent years, this innovative entrepreneurship has allowed the emergence of a creative economy that challenges traditional divisions between what can be considered the public, private and common spheres. In this context, part of the project is the assessment and presentation of case studies that can provide interesting clues for grasping the new economic paradigm. Moreover, it will consist of a series of events designed to share the inside-knowledge of each co-organizer, regarding the problems of cultural and creative industries.
 
The project is part of the strategic planning of EKT as the backbone organization for providing infrastructure services that support the retrieval and application of certified and reusable knowledge in Greece and aims at:
 
(a) promoting the role of open access to primary cultural reserve and data for the development of the creative industries, similar to those hosted in the repositories and the cultural content aggregators supported and provided by EKT
 
(b) recording, presenting and interconnecting the spaces (both physical and digital), where cultural creativity takes place in Greece and in Europe nowadays

(c) recording – in the form of case studies – the models of organisation and production of cultural and creative content, through the use of digital and physical platforms of collaboration

(d) presenting the most significant initiatives concerning the open and collaborative design and fabrication of material cultural objects

(e) examining the role of traditional organisations (such as the Victoria and Albert Museum) in combination with new open collaborative platforms (such as FabLab) for the support of new artists and creators

(f) highlighting the link between cultural and creative industries, as well as between knowledge production places and creative industries

(g) supporting the implementation of innovative research methods

(h) supporting the setting of policy frameworks based on data, quantitative and qualitative, regarding the creative industries

Partners

Taking advantage of their local and international expertise, four organisations from countries in the Mediterranean area and Central Europe that have worked together during the last few years in the context of the FCForum network, have joined forces to deepen their work on issues regarding free culture and new entrepreneurial models in the field of culture and creativity.

CONSERVAS, coordinating partner from Spain. CONSERVAS is a cultural project that contributes to bringing about social change through producing, distributing and managing innovative cultural activities, with a special focus on social and digital based projects. CONSERVAS has created and produced cultural and artistic actions and spaces for reflection since 1993. It runs a multipurpose performance space in which experimentation, research, learning and cultural change in general can take place. CONSERVAS has an ongoing collaboration with the Centre of Contemporary Culture of the City of Barcelona (CCCB), where it organizes shows on a mass scale in order to present new cultural paradigms to the public, such as the InnMotion Festival. CONSERVAS is also a leading voice in Spain in the field of the harmonization of Internet rights, for citizens, consumers and entrepreneurs.

The Institute for New Culture Technologies, partner from Austria. Since 1994, the Institute has been a not-for-profit association, aiming at researching contemporary structures of a cross-area penetration of culture and science on the basis of a society determined by new technologies. The Institute for New Culture Technologies establishes an environment for project-oriented research in the area of new digital media and the corresponding cultural, social, and human contexts, promoting the re-integration of research and the public sphere by applying communication strategies in connection with new technologies and easy access to knowledge, and extending the horizon of knowledge between the disciplines of natural and cultural sciences in order to find new policy options based on a better understanding of global cultural development.

National Documentation Center (EKT)/ National Hellenic Research Foundation, project partner from Greece. ΕΚΤ is the backbone organization of the national infrastructure for scientific documentation, online information and support services in the fields of science, research and technology. EKT is a national body that has been operating at the National Hellenic Research Foundation and is supervised by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Ministry of Education.

Kennisland, the project partner from Netherlands. Kennisland is an independent think tank that continuously searches for ways to spark the social innovations needed to improve the knowledge society. Its work begins by defining challenges for the Dutch knowledge society, creatively finding possible solutions to them, and putting these issues on policymakers’ agendas. This leverage is necessary: broad challenges require a broad approach. But that’s not all: Kennisland also develops and delivers projects, programmes and platforms to help others fix the issues at hand. It also assists in scaling and transferring successful results and knowledge about the ins –and outs of social innovation, in order to help others move forward.

Funding

The project is funded via the Culture Programme (2007-2013) by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), responsible for the management of certain parts of the EU's programmes in the fields of education, culture and audiovisual, operating under the Education and Culture DG.