Digitial Cultural Designer (DCD) is an Erasmus + project funded by the European Commission which seeks to extend and develop the digital skills and competences of young people. Specifically, it aims to introduce young adults to the concept of Linked Open Data so that it becomes more easily accessible and truly open to young people. Linked Open Data is Open Data (data that is freely available on the Internet for anyone to download, modify, and distribute) which is interlinked to other Open Data. Linked Open Data makes it possible to easily find different representations of the same content on the web and to browse through complex data easily and efficiently.

The implementation period of the DCD project is November 2020 to November 2022, and it is being carried out by a transnational partnership including organizations from six different European countries: Eurospeak (UK, project coordinator), Enoros (Cyprus), Cascade (Iceland), Tatics (Italy), Tavo (Lithuania), and Zavod Boter (Slovenia). The project will see the development of two innovative tools for young adults designed to introduce young adults to the concept of Linked Open Data: a handbook and a curriculum. The focus of this press release is on the second of these results.

The DCD curriculum is a curriculum for training courses designed for museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions. This curriculum is grounded around the goal of increasing knowledge and abilities in using Linked Open Data for innovation in cultural services. It aims to increase knowledge and abilities in using LOD for improvisation and innovation in cultural services and experiences. In addition, it also aims to enhance the cultural heritage as open digital educational materials and tools. The curriculum has been designed to set up, arrange and organize data using open resources and materials, with particular attention to museums, libraries and archives. The curriculum also aims to set up multidisciplinary groups for organizing managing art-based training and educational activities.

The curriculum is currently in the development phase and is expected to be released in October 2022. It will be available in all the project languages: English, Lithuanian, Italian, Icelandic, Greek, and Slovenian.

It is hoped that this project will ultimately lead towards more and better use of Linked Open Data and, in turn, empower young people to become the digital leaders of tomorrow. If you would like to find out more about this project, please visit our website at https://dcd-erasmus.site/. You can also follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/DigitalCulturalDesigner to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in the project!



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