Including... Zuckerberg’s plans to turn Facebook into a ‘Metaverse Company, a Digital Accessibility experience and a synchronised drone display.
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.
As Katie said in her last edition (we miss you Katie and wish you all the best in your new role), the TAA team will continue in her footsteps to keep sharing all the most interesting snippets spotted in the digital realm of late. To business...
- There’s been lots of noise and comments on Mark Zuckerberg’s plans to turn Facebook into a ‘Metaverse Company’…this article explains what that could mean.
- …and here’s a different viewpoint on it.
- Digital arts funding: The British Council have launched the SSA Arts Cultural Exchange Open Call, which offers grants of between £5k and £30k to support digital art project collaborations between individuals and organisations in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa. (Deadline: 8 September 2021)
- New emojis were unveiled to include more variety and gender-neutral options. Ahead of their launch, this is an interesting take on how emojis are enriching language.
Useful / bookmarkable
- This Digital Accessibility experience is hugely important and useful for all our work – it’s an “interactive experience to help educate and raise awareness of the impact of physical, auditory, and visual impairments on accessing digital content.”
- From BBC The Space: an online talk with neurodiverse artists about their experience of developing work for digital audiences in this recorded webinar.
- A last minute reminder that the deadline for our Opening Archives call out is coming up fast (Friday 13 August). Thanks to funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund The Audience Agency are looking for 10-15 action research projects that are using (or want to use) digital technology to engage their communities.
Distracting / entertaining / inspiring
- In case you missed it: A spectacular 1,800 synchronised drone display took to the sky during the Tokyo Olympic Games opening ceremony.
- …and not to be outdone, last week the people of Birmingham were also surprised by an aerial light show courtesy of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games team. Going forward, will the drone displace the firework?
- This article gives an interesting overview of how some of Europe’s biggest museums and galleries are using TikTok.
- This BBC piece is very good read about archiving and digital data preservation. As we increasingly choose to store our culture online, it’s worthwhile thinking about how fallible online data storage is.
- An interesting read particularly for performing arts organisations on how digital mobile ticketing was used for the Euros.
- This Stage article caught our eye about how digital has widened access - it's behind a paywall of course, but if you have a login, it's an interesting read.
- Something to consider: this article details how a recent study found that many older people experienced more loneliness and long-term mental health disorders as a result of switching to online socialising during the pandemic. An important reminder for arts venues that, for many people, technology doesn’t compensate for a lack of physical social interaction.
Finally, we’re working on developing a new community forum allowing you to post your thoughts on digital and data relating topics to us at The Audience Agency and the wider community. We’d love to know your thoughts and questions, you can sign up here.
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