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March 14, 2007

ProjectsETC finds creative new home

ProjectsETC - the information-sharing site for people creating digital projects - will be taken over by Creative & Cultural Skills (CC Skills) when Culture Online closes at the end of March 2007.

Launched by Culture Online in October 2006, ProjectsETC aims to help people create great digital projects in the overlapping areas of Education, Technology and Culture (ETC).

The ProjectsETC website (www.projectsetc.org) will become part of a suite of online resources to help people develop their skills in the creative and cultural sector. ProjectsETC will integrate with the Creative Knowledge Lab (working title), currently being developed by CC Skills.

David Kershaw, Chief Executive of M&C Saatchi, trustee of CC Skills and Chairman of the Cultural Leadership Programme, welcomed the move: "Tomorrow’s cultural leaders need a sophisticated understanding of how to utilise the web to engage audiences. ProjectsETC has already done some outstanding work in this area. As an industry-led body, it’s fitting that Creative & Cultural Skills should build upon this important initiative so that it can continue to benefit the industry."

Claire Harcup, commissioning executive at Culture Online, said: "We’re delighted that CC Skills will develop ProjectsETC as part of their Creative Knowledge Lab strategy. We’re lucky in the UK to have some of the most talented and creative people in the world. Information sharing in this fast-moving online environment is crucial if we are to maintain and build upon this success."

ProjectsETC contains a wealth of information, guidance and case studies to help people build successful online projects. The ProjectsETC site also publishes regular podcasts exploring the issues behind the creation and management of digital resources. Previous ProjectsETC podcast interviewees have included Chris Smith, director of the Clore Leadership Programme and Stephen Heppell, one of Europe's leading online education experts.

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