Action plan for data on Québec cultural content - Measure 111 of the Québec Digital Cultural Plan

Ministère de la Culture et des Communications (MCC) du Québec [Québec Ministry of Culture and Communications]
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

The action plan for data on Quebec cultural content (Measure 111) is part of Quebec's new cultural policy and, more specifically, the Quebec Digital Cultural Plan. It is a response to the conclusions of the report entitled Etat des lieux sur les metadonnees relatives aux contenus culturels [Current Status of Metadata on Cultural Content], published by the Observatoire de la Culture et des Communications du Quebec (OCCQ [Quebec Culture and Communications Observatory]) in 2017. It also contributes to the implementation of MCC's 2019-2023 strategic plan [in French only].

The action plan for Quebec cultural content is based on four major objectives and work plans defined on an annual basis:

1. Increase metadata expertise within MCC, crown corporations and the environment;
2. Make it easier for the public to discover Quebec cultural content (visibility);
3. Contribute to the efficiency of the chain of remuneration for creators (traceability);
4. Facilitate measurement of the consumption of cultural products in Quebec.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

The results of Measure 111 are currently in the form of findings by the committees for the various cultural sectors. The main points of consensus across the committees are as follows:

* The need for common standards for describing cultural content, i.e. the same way of describing content and organizing data for automated processing
* An interest in developing a reference database for each sector
* The need for each production and each creator to be uniquely identified so that data can be more easily linked
* A willingness to explore the potential for linking data from the various sectors
* The importance of having data on Quebec cultural content in the Wikimedia universe (Wikipedia, Wikidata, etc.) to improve its discoverability

The work of the sectoral committees has given the community an opportunity to make comments, promoted the sharing of experiences and a better understanding of the challenges, and demonstrated that all sectors are engaged and ready to move forward.

As 2019-2020 draws to a close, it is clear that in all sectors, key players are increasingly aware of the importance of data and are ready to start working to address the associated challenges.

Nor should the committees' impact on their organization be overlooked. The observations highlighted several areas for improvement, which have led to changes in some cultural institutions (e.g. adoption of the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI)).

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

For 2019-2020, USD 554,854 (CAD765,000)

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Committees representing cultural sectors
Public Sector
Committees representing cultural sectors
Private Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Objetivo(s) de la Convención 2005 de la UNESCO
Dominios culturales
Cine / Artes audiovisuales
Medios de comunicación
Las artes escénicas
Industria editorial
Artes visuales