On June 28, 2012, the International Working Group of WorldCP met for the third time in Helsinki, Finland. It discussed organisational, technical and financial issues of the new global Internet database on cultural policies & trends that is based on the Compendium model....
Participants noted the progress made since the lauch of the pilot website in October 2011, particularly as regards emerging country profiles in Asia. However, the implementation of clearly distinguishable regional sub-sites for all World regions, similar to the Compendium, may only achievable within a medium-term time horizon.
Our picture shows, from left to right: Jaka Primorac (IMO), Jörg Torkler (Compendium Webmaster), Sarah Gardener (IFACCA), Sabina Santarossa (ASEF), Anmol Vellani (WorldCP Regional Editor, India), David Fajolles (DEPS, Paris), Mechthilde Fuhrer (Council of Europe), Bilel Aboudi (Govt. of Tunesia), Christine Merkel (UNESCO Germany), Florence Mukanga (Profile author, Zimbabwe), hidden: Ritva Mitchell (CUPORE/ERICarts), Andreas Wiesand (Regional Editor Compendium), behind: Olivier Göbel (ERICarts), Annamari Laaksonen (IFACCA).
Background: Over the last years, Compendium coverage of European cultural policies and trends has been enhanced and linked with broader global challenges and achievements. New content on issues such as "Cultural Rights & Ethics" or "Intercultural Dialogue" was introduced and international monitoring needs of the users in governments and NGOs, e.g. as concerns the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, are now being addressed. As a result, the number of Compendium users from outside of Europe increased and new international partnerships or research projects emerged. In 2008, an "OPEN Compendium" Initiative was launched in Baku (Azerbaijan) by the authors and editors of the information system, some of which started to advise colleagues around the world in preparing new country profiles, e.g. in the Arab countries, Australia, Asia, Latin America and the USA.
This move towards a global outreach of the Compendium received the backing of the Culture Committee and Secretariat of the Council of Europe and meets the aim of CultureWatch Europe to increase the visibility and share European experiences and achievements in the field of the governance of culture. The feasibility of this global initiative was further discussed by experts at conferences around the world. Based on these experiences, different stakeholders agreed at a meeting in Brussels, September 2010, that IFACCA should take a lead in organising what is now called "WorldCP". A close cooperation with partners such as the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and national ministries is being organised and the adoption of a "federal structure" secures the autonomy of regional sites like the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe.