Culture and digital rights
The inside of the Ateneu d'Innovació Digital i Democràtica, in the Canòdrom

Boosting digital rights to ensure the right to participation, transparency and access to cultural content

Among the actions foreseen in the measure are the expansion of the Arxius Oberts programme and the consolidation of the Ateneu d'Innovació Digital i Democràtica located at Canòdrom.

The deployment of the Arxius Oberts programme, the promotion of the Observatori de Dades Culturals as an instrument for improving public policies on digital culture, the launch of a programme to support and co-finance social video games and the consolidation of the Ateneu d'Innovació Digital i Democràtica located at Canòdrom are just four of the actions planned within the framework of the measure "Culture and digital rights: instruments and policies for access to knowledge, transparency and digital innovation", part of the Barcelona Cultural Rights Plan. The aim of this measure is to promote digital rights based on the use of new technologies as a fundamental framework for guaranteeing the right to participation, transparency and access to cultural content, with the following objectives:

- Promote access to artistic and cultural content and open data systems.

- Promote and support communities linked to digital culture to prototype and respond to new local and global challenges.

- Create networks and collaborative projects with other national and international institutions

- Design new municipal regulatory frameworks that have a positive impact on citizens' digital rights.

The planned actions, which will mostly take place between 2022 and 2023 - some of which are already underway - are as follows:

- Consolidate and expand the Arxius Oberts programme, which has already been piloted between 2019 and 2022.

- Promote synergies between the community digital culture projects of the Cultura Viva programme and the Arxius Oberts programme.

- Promote reflection on the relationship between licences and digital culture rights.

- Generate synergies between local and international art and science projects from the Muñoz Ramonet Centre for Art, Culture and Science.

- Continue working to establish new collaborations with scientific and technological institutions, along the lines initiated by the international Collide programme in collaboration with Arts at CERN.

- Foster the use of the Decidim platform in the cultural world, experimenting with a new model of community and cooperative management and management of the city's cultural facilities.

- Pilot plan for an open-source municipal digital platform to experiment with new audio-visual and transmedia formats.

- Promote a programme of support and co-financing for social video games.

- Develop the Plan for the democratic digitisation of education with the DD platform.

- Promote municipal subsidy lines for digital culture projects.

- Consolidate the implementation of the Ateneu d'Innovació Digital i Democràtica at the Canòdrom.

- Providing local cultural facilities with better ICT infrastructures.

- Deploy a pilot plan to improve the digital accessibility of local facilities.

- Foster access to cultural facilities with REC Cultural

- Consensus on a city charter of digital rights.

- Promote the implementation of a "Public Money, Public Code" rule.

- Promote the Observatori de Dades Culturals as an instrument for the improvement of public policies on digital culture.

- Align ICUB's grant regulations and procedures in order to respect and defend cultural digital rights.

The Arxius Oberts programme

The aim of this project is to propagate the idea that digital archives are a common good and to explore new ways of making these archives known through cultural narratives. It also favours the generation of new archives from the perspective of the digitisation of cultural and intangible heritage, the access to cultural contents that were not accessible and the recovery of historical memory, as well as the characterisation of the identity of neighbourhoods and their communities through their archives and cultural digital contents.

It is articulated within the iCUB’s programme Cultura Viva and works transversally with the departments of Memory, History and Heritage and Innovation, Knowledge and Visual Arts to highlight the value of the city's digital archives, to identify their full potential and to study how they can be made known and used effectively.

The Ateneu d'Innovació Digital i Democràtica

Located in Canòdrom in Meridiana, it is Barcelona's benchmark centre for digital technologies and citizen participation, and a dynamic space for the neighbourhood and organisations in the Congrés i els Indians neighbourhood. The Ateneu opened in 2021 and constitutes a crossroads between digital culture, free technologies, digital rights and democratic participation. Through this confluence, it works on a wide range of issues, such as feminism, human rights, social justice, diversity, urban models and sustainability. Its main challenge is to bring digital culture and democratic innovation to the public and at the same time be a meeting point for organised communities, social projects, research centres and citizens.

The Cultural Rights Plan, presented in April 2021, is the conceptual, political and strategic framework for recognising and extending cultural rights in the city. It aims to design public policies from the perspective of cultural rights and to pave the way towards the recognition of these rights for all Barcelona's citizens. It includes new measures and a hundred actions. For more information, click on this link.

Publication date: Friday, 18 November 2022
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