Cultural Information System (SICSUR)
It was created in 2006. It is a cultural information system the purpose of which is to implement efficient public policies and to measure the impact and the contribution of culture in economic development,the reduction of poverty and sustainable development: to provide better tools for the study and defense of the production and it is of interest for the mise en valeur of each cultural sector. Moreover, the purpose is to improve the layout of cultural policy, to resolve open consults by citizens and cultural managers,to provide information sources to researchers and students and to promote dialog among state agencies, companies and social and cultural organizations.
Within the Cultural MERCOSUR framework nine seminars were held aimed at working on the construction of regional cultural indicators. The different editions have addressed different methodological issues, shared experiences and, ultimately, information processing and collection efforts have been implemented in a coordinated manner.
In MERCOSUR's 24th Meeting of Ministers of Culture held in Montevideo in November 2009, the parties agreed to acknowledge the SICSUR as a programme of Cultural MERCOSUR.
Argentina is in charge of the coordination of SICSUR and ten South American countries participate: Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela. In 2009, the system's Web site www.sicsur.org was officially launched.This site includes different sections regarding the collection, measuring and processing of information: cultural statistics, cultural map, cultural foreign trade, legislation, documents and publications of all participating countries.
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Very positive. A significant stream of information was generated, there was complete country participation and the number of SICSUR users has increased. An indirect effect is the creation and expansion of c ultural information and statistics offices in countries members of the SICSUR. All member countries have been developing Cultural Information Systems at the national level, something unimagined in 2006.