Artse United is an emerging digital platform cooperative providing open source arts management and open data business intelligence tools for small creators and producers in arts and culture.
The goals of Artse United are to:
+ Enhance excellence and efficiency of administration by developing quality data management tools built by, and for, the arts;
+ Strengthen digital and data justice by empowering artistic communities to take ownership of their digital lives through platforms owned and governed themselves;
+ Incite greater social impact investing to reduce systemic precarity in the arts by utilizing the power of data to illustrate collective value and insight, including both qualitative and quantitative outcomes.
Incubated by ArtsPond, Phase 1+2 development activities focused in the visual, performing and disability arts from June 2019 to September 2020 are supported by Canada Council for the Arts’ Digital Strategy Fund. The needs of other disciplines will be addressed in subsequent phases.
The evolution of Artse United is being managed through four simultaneous streams:
Research and design of corporate and legal structures that secure the sustainability for Artse United long-term, including incorporation of platform cooperative, definition of membership requirements and benefits, open source intellectual property and open data security agreements, and more.
Research, design, and testing of early-stage prototypes including financial management, project management, and business intelligence visualization and benchmarking (quantitative plus qualitative experimental) for the visual, performing, and disability arts.
Community outreach information sessions, meetups and public consultations across Ontario, including Toronto, London, Sudbury, and Ottawa, plus livestreaming of selected outreach activities Canada-wide online.
Research of resource and knowledge gaps in the digital transformation of Canadian arts services.