UKCI and ICOM Sign Partnership Agreement
ICOM (the National Committee of the International Council of Museums) and UKCI (the company responsible for .art domains) are planning to offer a collaborative effort in popularising education within information and multimedia technologies, as well as within the sphere of storing information and digitising museum objects.
The partnership between ICOM and UKCI provides a unique opportunity to host a range of events aimed at art and culture professionals, as well as those within the tech industry, offering expert, insider discussions of relevant topics. With a collective effort, both companies are planning on working towards and perfecting a single domain zone for the museum community as well as for organisations within the cultural sector.
The first step in this partnership is ICOM’s (and all of its members’) registration of a personal domain with .art.
The world around us is rapidly changing, and what this ‘digital boom’ has shown us is the importance of being able to authenticate and validate various objects, and to receive accurate information about them. Within the museum community there is a consensus that we are now moving away from medieval style methods toward more viable, modern forms of describing cultural heritage, and systems that are able to fix authentic information and representation, thanks to the help of digital instruments. We’re hearing more and more about the concept of a ‘digital twin’ of a cultural or art object, and the methods and technologies involved in preserving such objects in museums — this is the future, and it’s already here. I hope that UKCI’s initiative to create global systems of certification, authenticity and profound evidence of provenance of these digital twins, formed on the foundation of the .art domains, but also the systems that control copyright and the questions regarding monetising content, will allow for this partnership to open new opportunities for museums.
Says Vladimir Opredelenov, Deputy Director of Digital Development at The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Information Technologies in Culture at HSE University, and committee member of ICOM.
This partnership will also focus on facilitating technological solutions to help promote museums on the internet.
Our mission is to collect humanity’s entire cultural heritage within one segment of the internet. Providing digital access to museum contents allows for a high-quality guarantee of verification, as well as the ability to monitor jurisdictional responsibilities. Uniting cultural heritage within one single digital space also offers a unique opportunity to protect digital copyright, and to develop enlightening online marketing. High-quality digital content inspires and motivates while also enabling one to fulfill their bravest creative ideas. This is what we had in mind when we developed Digital Twin — a universal digital tool that is able to integrate Ethereum and other blockchain solutions. Digital Twin offers museums and cultural/art objects a secure platform where they can safely store their digitised objects, as well as a way to monetise on their content. At the same time, we’re working on an interactive project, Lenin.art, which represents Lenin’s image in various art forms. Both online and offline exhibitions from museums and private collections demonstrate the unlimited potential of digital technologies, as well as the successful collaborations with museums, contemporary artists and experts.
Ulvi Kasimov, the founder of .art domains, explains.
Founded in 1954, ICOM is the National Committee of the International Council of Museum, an international organization of museums and museum professionals committed to the protection and promotion of the world’s natural and cultural heritage.