4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Oct 2006  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/11/2006   
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The Cultural Ministers Council Statistics Working Group, in partnership with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, has initiated a project to develop data standards for major cultural heritage institutions. The aim is to produce key aggregated statistics to facilitate information sharing, benchmarking and time series comparisons among these institutions. This should lead to an improvement in the overall quality and comparability of key data collected by Australia's cultural heritage sector (comprises museums, libraries, art museums and archives).

The Collections Council of Australia Ltd and the majority of major cultural heritage institutions contacted have given in principle support to the project.

Following the Cultural Ministers Council Standing Committee meeting on the 27 July 2006, NCCRS has received authorisation to continue on to the next phase of the project. This will involve NCCRS gathering information about the current data holdings and reporting requirements of major cultural heritage institutions. NCCRS is planning to undertake consultations with institutions from November 2006.

If you are interested in finding out more about this project, please contact Jenny Dobak on (08) 8237 7329 or <jenny.dobak@abs.gov.au>.