In June 2007 Visiting Arts relaunched its Scotland Cultural Profile at– the website, aimed primarily at encouraging and facilitating cultural exchange involving Scotland, has been completely revamped and now boasts a greatly expanded database of over 5,250 key contacts in the Scottish cultural sector.
For the first time, the website features substantial coverage of the heritage, libraries, archives and tourism sectors in Scotland to complement the existing sections on performing and fine arts, literature, new media art and film.
A key feature of the new website is its coverage of local authority provision for arts and culture in Scotland – all 32 Scottish local authorities are featured in the database, each using a hyperlinked organogram-type structure which permits users to see exactly how these authorities manage the cultural resources under their control – see, for example, the City of Edinburgh Council contact data at.
The database also includes a wider range of overarching UK cultural infrastructure (eg DCMS and other key agencies), plus essential contact details for the UK overseas (embassies, British Council offices) aimed at overseas cultural practitioners who wish to collaborate with their counterparts in Scotland.
As before, cross-sectoral areas such as arts and disability, arts and health, voluntary and community arts and youth arts are featured, along with overviews and contacts in the creative industries, cultural funding, cultural training and cultural research.
The Scotland Cultural Profile is one of eight country profiles researched by Visiting Arts and its in-country partners - these collectively attract over 220,000 distinct users every month.