The adoption of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Promotion and the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions has further raised the need for relevant statistics in order for countries to be able to measure its impact. Article 9 (Information sharing and transparency) and Article 19 (Exchange, analysis, and dissemination of information) are particularly relevant from a statistical perspective.
As part of its work in measuring cultural diversity, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) has published a report entitled "Measuring the Diversity of Cultural Expressions: Applying the Stirling Model of Diversity in Culture", which examines the feasibility of applying the Stirling Model of Diversity to measure the diversity of cultural expressions.
The results of two studies are presented. The first uses data from the 2007 UIS Survey on Feature Film Statistics, and the second examines the content of private and public television channels in several countries. Both studies acknowledge the utility of the Stirling Model of Diversity to cultural studies and the measurement of the diversity of cultural expressions, while confirming the need for adjustments to the methodology in this area.
To download a copy of the report, visit the ISU website.