The DARIAH Innovation Forum was organised in the framework of the Humanities at Scale (HaS) project. During this 3-day event keynotes, workshops and a matchmaking event highlighted DARIAH’s relations with traditional and digital industries.
In 2017, Aarhus was the European Capital of Culture 2017, which offered a vibrant environment of cultural events, artistic interventions and performance productions, creative neighbourhoods and culinary venues for the DARIAH Innovation Forum. The Innovation Forum took place back-to-back with the Creativity World Forum (Nov 1-2), the annual grand scale event for the global organization Districts of Creativity, hosted by Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture.
The Innovation Forum strengthened and further explored cooperations of DARIAH and traditional industries associated with Arts and Humanities, like design and media, as well as new digital industries, like game development, social media, VR and AR.
Arts and Humanities have traditionally contributed on a large scale to both societal re-thinking, change and innovation as well as to shaping models and input for public innovation. Today, very much furthered by the digital transformation, Arts and Humanities may have an unprecedented window of opportunity for impacting both societal change, cultural re-thinking and the development of creative talent.
Arts and Humanities’ innovation potentials are closely related to cultural heritage and the new roles of GLAM institutions, to a global field of digitally enhanced education and training, and to the development of interactive applications for e.g. social media and crowdsourcing as well as for born-digital resources with Cultural (Big) Data, the Internet of (Cultural) Things.
Digital Arts and Humanities may prove seminal to how cultural creative value chains for more than economic measures can be analyzed, reported and brought to public knowledge and creative application, and form a basis for policy making on a European level, where cultural spill-overs for creative innovation and the cultural creative sector are in focus.
The DARIAH Innovation Forum brought together researchers and the creative industries. Through its member organisations, DARIAH already has large expertise in the management and creative use of complex digital media assets, which underlie a lot of economic activity within the context of the European content industries.
The DARIAH Innovation Forum opened in the evening of November 2 with a keynote by Prof. Andrew Perkis on Arts and Technology and a presentation of the new DARIAH Innovation Board. The opening venue was AROS (Aarhus Art Museum).
On November 3, workshops on innovation in the digital transformation (Art, Humanities, GLAM, Creative Industries, Smart Environments) and presentations of DARIAH services and projects (Annual Themes 2016-2017) were hosted at the new, beautiful Moesgaard Museum (Museum for Cultural Heritage, Archeology, and Anthropology). The DARIAH Innovation Forum also offered a guided tour in Moesgaard’s digitally enhanced exhibition of immersive cultural history narratives.
On November 4, the DARIAH Innovation Forum closed with a matchmaking event for public-private partnerships in research and innovation. The matchmaking event was run in collaboration with Region Greater Denmark’s Brussels Office, and targeted a number of upcoming European application calls for research and innovation, education and cultural creative collaboration.
The full programme is available here: http://conferences.au.dk/dariah2017/program/.
DARIAH Innovation Forum was open to the public. There were no attendance fees, but registration was required.
Marianne Ping Huang – School for Communication and Culture, Aarhus University
Lene Elsner – School for Communication and Culture, Aarhus University
Jakob Epler – Communication Officer, DARIAH Coordination Office
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