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Wednesday, 19th August 2015

UK: Making Digital Work: Mobile

Source: Digital R&D Fund for the Arts in England

Mobile is essential. Audiences have moved there and supporting mobile devices cannot be optional if any organisation wants to survive the present and thrive in the future. Following their consumers, high-growth startups and established companies are bypassing desktop computing and prioritising phones and tablets because they are now the primary way in which digital services and experiences are accessed. The emergence of wearables, such as Apple Watch and Android Wear, only accelerates this trend. We live in a mobile-first world.

The phenomenal adoption of mobile technologies has led to an                     always-on, always-available society. Content, services and information have never been more abundant or readily accessible. The mobile-first world represents challenges and opportunities for the cultural sector. In a world where attention has never been so fiercely fought for, what can the arts do to engage audiences and grow their businesses?

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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