UNESCO has just released its 2009 Framework for Cultural Statistics, described as follows by the organization:
“The 2009 UNESCO Framework for Cultural Statistics (FCS) proposes concepts and definitions to guide the collection of comparable data in the area of culture. It also supports the development of indicators and analytical research in the field.
Accurate, comparable data are needed to better measure the impact and relevance of cultural policies and initiatives. The 2009 Framework for Cultural Statistics addresses this need by defining culture for statistical measurement purposes. Developed by the UIS in close collaboration with UNESCO’s Culture Sector, the framework replaces the 1986 version. It is the result of a comprehensive four-year global consultation that has benefitted from the contribution of many scholars, statisticians, and experts in the field, including representatives from several ministries of culture, national statistical offices, and international partner agencies.
Designed for international and national application, the main goal of the 2009 framework is to facilitate comparisons through a common understanding of culture by using standardized definitions and classifications. It reflects global changes in technology, our understanding of fundamental cultural issues, advances in measurement, and progression in cultural policy priorities that have occurred since the 1986 framework. The methodology is based on new and diverse perspectives on cultural statistics.”
The framework is available in the following languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic.