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2021 Draft Recommendations: Sustainable Data Practices for Artists and Art Stakeholders

Molloy, Laura

Thesis supervisor(s)

Meyer, Eric T.

Given the current and growing importance of the digital cultural heritage landscape to the lives of working artists, my research addresses how contemporary UK artists use the Internet and digital information in their practices. I’m very happy to send further contextual information / answer any questions on request.

The research is based on approximately 150 hours’ worth of case study-length interviews with DACS Payback members (i.e. contemporary professional visual artists working in various visual artforms, from many age brackets, from across the UK). My research suggests the following recommendations for the following six groups of stakeholders:
1. Artists
2. Art funders
3. Art education providers
4. Art advocacy organisations such as DACS, Artquest, artists’ unions, etc.
5. Information science and research data advocacy organisations
6. Government
Please note these recommendations are currently in draft form, and are published here as v.1 for feedback until 31 Dec 2021 under the Creative Commons license CC-BY-NC-SA. (There is an explanation of this license here:

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