The Digital Cultural Content Forum (the Forum) exists to harness expertise and forge consensus among agencies worldwide engaged in the digitization and delivery of the global digital cultural heritage. Its objectives include fostering relationships, developing shared knowledge and undertaking activities to promote creativity, innovation and excellence in the digital cultural content sector.

The Forum was established in 2001 as a means of international information exchange. This document sets forth the objectives of the Forum and establishes policies and procedures for furthering them.


The Forum wishes to:

  • Work in an international context with agencies that share similar missions to share experience and knowledge and to present integrated results;
  • Mutually develop a global, transdisciplinary vision that crosses information domains and promotes the role of cultural institutions in education and learning;
  • Define common research needs and strategies and create a framework for collaboration;
  • Understand the needs and expectations of users and potential users of digital information worldwide;
  • Promote cognitive research that will underpin the education and learning goals of cultural heritage institutions worldwide;
  • Promote the use of standards and best practices for the creation, presentation, management, use, preservation, and interoperability of digital content;
  • Encourage the dissemination of research results to each participant�s communities;
  • Avoid duplication of work being done by other international organizations.



Institutions and organizations that are interested in the Forum�s goals are invited to participate. The scope of the Forum is worldwide.


The Forum supports activities such as:

  • Arranging the program and logistics for meetings;
  • Updating the Forum Web site;
  • Writing meeting reports;
  • Identifying potential research or other activities, and funding, that might be undertaken under the Forum�s auspices;
  • Monitoring research projects or other activities undertaken by the Forum through grants, contracts, or other means; and,
  • Disseminating information about the Forum and its activities to participants and others as appropriate.

Forum activities are supported jointly by the Canadian Heritage Information Network, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (U.K.), and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. These organizations will provide programmatic and financial assistance for the Forum, and CHIN will directly manage the Forum Secretariat for the first year. The heads of these three organizations, or their designees, will meet at least once per year, either in conjunction with the annual Forum meeting or separately, and at other times as needed.


The Forum meets once per year. Additional meetings may be scheduled as necessary. Meetings will include a technical program, which should draw upon appropriate invited experts, and open discussion. Top researchers in the domain will be invited to present and participate in discussion when and as needed. Each meeting will have a main theme, and a report will be published after every meeting. Each participating organization may send one technical representative to Forum meetings.