Cultural observatories are institutions that not only observe events, but also identify trends and tendencies in the field of culture. They monitor relevant events and make public the results of such monitoring, helping to create strategies for further development and influencing the shaping of cultural policies.

Main activities of the observatory:

• collect relevant data and information, create collections of resources in in hard copies and digital form;

• process and analyse data, attract attention to important facts, identify trends, make conclusions and recommendations on cultural policy and solutions;

• do research work to obtain special data required for solving specific problems;

• members of observatories often act as individual experts, provide consultations, conduct monitoring, preparatory work, selection or editing of diverse projects;

• often play the role of an announcement board on cultural and other relevant events, such as conferences, new books and articles, political developments, tenders etc. for experts in this field;

• establish cultural indicators;

• take an active part in the educational process from one-day workshops to full-term training courses for culture managers and researchers.

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More info: http://observatory.culturepartnership.eu/en/page/observatory 

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