Digitization of heritage collections as indicator of innovation

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Heritage institutions house cultural and research content, which is the key source to stimulate soft innovation. Despite the potential, heritage collections are mostly inaccessible via digital mediums. We analyse the macro, meso and micro conditions of heritage organizations across Europe to identify the key determinants that foster soft 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 and consumers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-246
Number of pages20
JournalEconomics of Innovation and New Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes

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