Digitization of Heritage Collections as Indicator of Innovation

Discussion Papers on Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark, 14/2015

40 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2015

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Karol Borowiecki

University of Southern Denmark

Trilce Navarrete

Erasmus University Rotterdam

Date Written: September 1, 2015

Abstract

Heritage institutions house cultural and research content, which is the key source to stimulate innovation. Despite the potential, heritage collections are mostly inaccessible via digital mediums. We analyze the macro, meso and micro conditions of heritage organizations across Europe to identify the key determinants that foster innovation as reflected by the share of collection digitization and online publication. We find that organizations respond positively to an environment of high consumer digital literacy and sustainable resource allocation that enables slack, skilled staff and long-term strategic planning. Innovation is thus, in fact, enhanced by digital literacy from both producers as well as consumers.

Keywords: Innovation, digitization, heritage, collections, cultural institution

JEL Classification: O31, Z1

Suggested Citation

Borowiecki, Karol and Navarrete, Trilce, Digitization of Heritage Collections as Indicator of Innovation (September 1, 2015). Discussion Papers on Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark, 14/2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2654167 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2654167

Karol Borowiecki (Contact Author)

University of Southern Denmark ( email )

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Denmark

Trilce Navarrete

Erasmus University Rotterdam ( email )

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3000 DR Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland 3062PA
Netherlands

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