Library, research center launch arts and cultural policy data archive

Princeton NJ -- Policymakers, journalists, scholars and others now have easy access both to current research findings and to previously hard-to-find data on the arts.

The University Library and the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs have launched 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 archive, which includes information such as public opinion on the arts, city-specific data and recently released statistics, is accessible at

"CPANDA fills a major gap in arts and cultural policy decision-making in the United States," said Stanley Katz, director of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies. "U.S. policy-makers, 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:

· the searchable data archive, which is the core of the CPANDA Web site and contains a rich collection of numeric data sets on the arts and culture, together with documentation and associated reports;

· quick facts about the arts, which include basic statistics about the scope and dimension of the arts and cultural sector, culled from surveys conducted by nonprofit organizations, academic researchers and government agencies;

· research guides, which summarize information currently available in various research areas and include directories of relevant data sets available in the CPANDA archive and elsewhere; and

· other resources, such as topically ar-ranged links to Web resources for cul- tural policy and the arts and key U.S. and international arts organizations.

CPANDA is the result of a collaboration between the 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. 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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