Including...Culture24's Let's Get Real programme, the London Underground quiz and Indie Interesting Websites.
Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Digital Snapshot, bringing you all the latest digital news, ideas, tips and guidance for the arts, culture, museums and heritage world.
The Lords Communications and Digital Committee published their latest report on the UK's creative industries, covering how technology is disrupting the sector, how the UK's leading position is at risk and how the Government should be helping (/how it is currently hindering).
The University of Texas has blocked TikTok from being accessed on the university's networks, after the state's governor banned the app from state-managed electronic resources. More than half of US states have now banned the platform on government devices.
Microsoft is apparently closing in on a deal to buy ChatGPT creator OpenAI. Prepare for Clippy 2.0, Destroyer of Worlds.
Useful / bookmarkable
Culture24's next Let's Get Real action research programme is focusing on using digital to add value for audiences and organisations. The programme runs between June 2023 and February 2024, you can find out more here. You can also let them know what important questions this programme could answer through their survey.
There's a ton of insights and bits of inspiration in this guest post from Manchester Collective's Joanne Karcheva on Georgina Brooke's Cultural Content newsletter. It's about building webpages for performances, from foundational strategy to publication and testing.
Ingenium's W. Ryan Dodge has written about their 18-month journey aligning their digital presence to their strategic plan. Lot's of good insights and tips about governance, strategy and herding cats.
Distracting / entertaining / inspiring
There seems to be a fairly large overlap between transport nerds and cultural sector workers, so test your knowledge on the London Underground, courtesy of the London Transport Museum.
The National Trust are a shining example of how to stand up for their principles online. They know what they're trying to achieve, they follow through and they're ready to face their opposition honestly and cheekily.
The internet used to be full of weird, wonderful and clunky websites. Now, it tends to be the same website structure copy and pasted ad infinitum. So, this account which tweets out fun, interesting and indie websites every 2 hours is a breath of fresh air on my feed. I particularly enjoyed this one.
- One of the problems with current social media is that we - the users - make the platforms what they are through our content, conversations and networks - effectively making money for social media platforms without us ever seeing a penny. So, as Twitter continues to be on the ropes, more people are asking whether the subscription-based newsletter platform Substack might be the future of media.
And that’s all for this edition. If you come across any interesting or noteworthy content or have any of your own projects to share please do send it my way. Don't forget we're here to support you with training, research and consultancy, so please do get in touch. You can find all past editions of the Digital Snapshot here.
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