Help get culture online

The Government has called on IT organisations and companies to help deliver Culture Online, its ambitious plan to bring arts and...

The Government has called on IT organisations and companies to help deliver Culture Online, its ambitious plan to bring arts and culture into classrooms and homes via digital technology.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is currently inviting expressions of interest from the private and public sectors to help deliver elements of the programme. It has £13m available to fund up to 30 targeted projects over the next two years.

The project aims to use digital technologies to increase public involvement in the arts and culture. It will also link into Curriculum Online and the National Grid for Learning. The DCMS said schemes could involve the use of interactive technology to view online exhibitions at museums, for example.

Culture secretary Tessa Jowell said, "Culture Online will provide a powerful learning asset, offering children and adults new insights into our wonderful cultural heritage." Projects should be innovative and demonstrate the creative use of new technologies, she added.

The Government is inviting expressions of interest in Culture Online from both the public and private sectors until 30 August 2002. Further details are available from the Culture Online Web site.

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