Princeton University Library, research center
launch arts and cultural policy data archive
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Princeton University Library and Princeton University’s Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies today announced the official launch of CPANDA (the Cultural Policy & the Arts National Data Archive), the world’s first fully interactive, Web-accessible digital archive of policy-relevant data on culture and the arts. The CPANDA initiative is designed to help policymakers, journalists, scholars and others gain easy access both to current research findings and to previously hard-to-find data on the arts, including public opinion on the arts, city-specific data and recently released statistics. The archive is accessible at http://www.cpanda.org.
"CPANDA fills a major gap in arts and cultural policy decision-making in the United States," said Stanley N. Katz, director of Princeton’s Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies. "U.S. policymakers, journalists and others have not had access, until now, to a central resource of statistics and studies about the arts and culture. CPANDA is an example of the arts community -- and the foundations that support it -- doing for itself what the government has been unable to do: collecting and making available a wide-ranging set of data about the health, status and organization of the nation’s cultural life."
CPANDA is comprised of four major components:
CPANDA is the result of a collaboration between the Princeton University Library, the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies and the Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trusts, which are supporting the development of CPANDA through an initial three-year, $1.9 million grant to the library. Heading the project for the library is Ann S. Gray, head of data and statistical services. Elizabeth Z. Bennett is project manager for CPANDA, and Lawrence T. McGill of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies is director of research and planning. Library staff will provide support for CPANDA users. All data in the CPANDA archive are formatted for long-term preservation and access using emerging standards for data archiving.
CPANDA is guided by an advisory group of experts and leaders in a variety of fields, including the federal government, journalism, the social sciences, research libraries and foundations.
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