90. How do I evaluate the suitability of new software and technologies for our needs? (e.g. Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Geographic Information Systems)

There is a wide range of new technologies being used to engage audiences in the heritage sector. Understanding what is available and planning the procurement process will enable you to identify what might be suitable for your organisation.

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Level 1

In order to maximise the value of new technologies it can be useful to partner with organisations and consultants or to commission expert services. This guide offers an overview of the most popular technological applications in heritage sites and museums and a checklist to help you focus your decision making when considering investment in new technologies.


Level 11. Beginners
You're starting from scratch, or you need a digital skills and knowledge refresh. You're time poor and need a quick fix.

Level 22. Development
You've mastered the basics and now you want to fine tune your digital skills and knowledge. You're looking for new ideas and inspiration to achieve what you want to achieve.

Level 33. Advanced
You know what you're doing digitally but you want to do it better. You're keen to test and experiment and take your heritage organisation to the next level.

Digital Heritage Hub is managed by Arts Marketing Association (AMA) in partnership with The Heritage Digital Consortium and The University of Leeds. It has received Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and National Lottery funding, distributed by The Heritage Fund as part of their Digital Skills for Heritage initiative. Digital Heritage Hub is free and answers small to medium sized heritage organisations most pressing and frequently asked digital questions.

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