The SCA welcomes today’s announcement from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) on the change of approach to digital material created by HLF-funded projects. This is designed to ensure the maximum public benefit from its investment.
HLF-supported projects will now be asked to make their digital content widely available at no charge and to use a Creative Commons licence¹ so anyone can access and reuse content for non-commercial purposes.
HLF has changed its policy so that it can now fund stand-alone digital projects². It has not previously funded the creation of digital materials (such as websites, DVDs or apps) when they were the only focus of a project. Speaking at the launch of HLF’s new strategic framework for 2013 – 2018, DameJenny Abramsky, Chair of HLF, said: “In the fast moving world of digital, HLF wants to ensure the sector makes the most of harnessing important digital opportunities. So, from today, we will fund projects whose main or sole focus is using digital technology to give access to our heritage, to enable people to learn about heritage, and to develop the interactive experiences of heritage that engage and excite people. And in doing so we are asking organisations to make their digital content widely available and free to use and re-use, putting us at the forefront of public funders of digital products.”
View the full strategic framework publication, including more details about digital projects.