NEMO shared AI recommendations at the ENCATC’s Think Tank

On 29 April 2024, NEMO Policy Officer joined the ENCATC Think Tank online session on AI to present outcomes from the recent conference “Innovation and Integrity: Museums paving the way in an AI-driven society”.

The international conference was co-organised on 20 March 2024 by NEMO, FARO, ICOM Wallonie-Brussels, ICOM Flanders and the House of European History to facilitate dialogue between the museum sector and policy makers including perspectives from local, community, national and European level.

The main outcome of the international conference are the three recommendations for policy makers. Together with experts and four of its members, NEMO has developed the recommendations to support museums to tap their full potential and to find their role in the rapid development of artificial intelligence (AI). Museums are excellent places to negotiate technological developments along with the public and offer spaces to learn, experience, and build knowledge. 

  1. A political vision for museums and cultural heritage in an AI-driven society  
    Recognising the unique position of museums and cultural heritage as pillars of trust within society, it is imperative to integrate them into a regulatory framework. Artificial intelligence in museums needs to be addressed and shaped so that technological developments do not simply reshape museums from the outside. Collaborative efforts between governments, regulatory bodies, and museum professionals can ensure that museums play a pivotal role in the development of ethical practices related to emerging technologies.
  2. Financial investments to apply AI successfully in the Public Cultural Domain
    Financial resources must be allocated for infrastructure, equipment and highly qualified human resources, enhancing museums’ professional capacities.AI needs to source high-quality, interoperable data and properly described metadata. Copyright issues must be resolved. Museum professionals need adequate skills to perform these tasks, to keep pace with rapidly evolving AI capabilities and to address sector-specific concerns. Furthermore, standing commitments to support the cultural heritage sector should be expanded to ensure the quality and quantity of digitalisation required by Cultural Heritage Data Spaces and the European Collaborative Cultural Heritage Cloud.
  3. Establishment of a European AI innovation hub for cultural heritage 
    To foster creativity, innovation and collaboration, to centralise expertise and knowledge and to face challenges for the sector associated with AI, there is a need for a dedicated competency centre in Europe. This space would serve as a hub to bring together expertise and practices, knowledge and resources in a network of and for professionals, ensuring digital innovation and development across the diverse European Cultural heritage sector - in alignment with the values of human-centred design, privacy, and open-source practices.