Promoting free & open access to digital cultural heritage
Lieke Ploeger, OpenGLAM Community Manager
Open Knowledge Foundat...
The Open Knowledge Foundation
We are a global network to open up
knowledge around the world and see it
used and useful
We ...
What does Open mean?
http://opendefinition.org
What kinds of open data?
Why open up data?
Transparency
Releasing social and commercial
value
Participation and engagement
State of open data
Who we are
● Initiative of the Open Knowledge
Foundation
● Funded by the DM2E project
● Supported by a network of
organisa...
What we do
● Promote free and open access to
digital cultural heritage held by
Galleries, Libraries, Archives and
Museums ...
The Digital Dream
A world in which our shared cultural heritage
is open to all regardless of their
background
A world in w...
Open cultural data - why?
1. Helping GLAMs fulfill their public mission
2. Global audience: making resources discoverable
...
Public Mission
"Enable access to everyone who wants to do research"
- British Library, Our Mission and 2020 Vision
Shaping...
Global Audience
● The Louvre: nearly 10 million visits a year
● The potential audience when your collections
are on the we...
From Michael Edson ‘The Age of Scale’ - http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm/the-age-of-scale-18954410
The Open Images Project
Study by the Open Images projects in the
Netherlands - 2.5 million views a month1
1. http://www.sl...
Make resources discoverable
● Can be aggregated by large cultural data portals
(Europeana, Digital Public Library of Ameri...
Wikipedian in Residence Scheme
● Wikipedia editors spending time at institutions
and improving the Wikipedia articles abou...
Participation
Visitors and users can actively contribute to aspects
of your collections:
○ Curation
○ Enrichment and impro...
● Allows users to submit their photographs, videos,
audio clips and place them on a map & timeline
● Collaborating with ov...
Brooklyn Museum: tagging
● Tag! You’re it!
● Freeze tag!
● Lets people add tags by
playing a game
● Users review each othe...
The 21st Century GLAM
It remains:
● The key preserver of our shared cultural heritage
● An authoritative source of informa...
The 21st Century GLAM
It stands to gain:
● An audience far beyond the wildest dreams of
its first founders
● Connections t...
Open cultural data - how?
● Digitised Objects - book scans, digital photos
● Metadata - descriptions of digitised objects
...
Steps to opening up data
● Choose your metadata and content
● Check for existing copyright restrictions
● Make your metada...
Challenges
● Concerns over lost revenue streams
● Attraction of private schemes that lockdown
heritage
● Worries about the...
How can OpenGLAM help?
Network
● Mailinglist
● Local groups & ambassadors
● Working group
Information
● Documentation
● Op...
A growing movement...
@OpenGLAM
Legal: Open Licenses
No known copyright
No rights reserved
Attribution
Attribtution-ShareAlike
Technical: 5 stars of open data
Publishing open data:
● via your own website
● via 3rd party sites (Europeana, DPLA)
● via...
Engage your audience around
your open data
➔ Publicise your data widely
➔ Ask researchers to share their results
➔ Submit ...
Make your own Masterpiece
● Rijksstudio Award for design
using Rijksmuseum material
● Winner: Rijks Muse -
makeup line ins...
DM2E - Digitised Manuscripts to Europeana
www.dm2e.eu
Join us!
● Online channels
● openglam.org
● Mailing list
● Twitter
● Blog
● Working group
● Local groups: Austria, Switzer...
Upcoming events
● June: ELAG conference workshop ‘Open Up! Licensing
your library’s treasures’ with Creative Commons (Bath...
Read more
● Introduction to Open Cultural Data: http://wiki.
dm2e.eu/Main_Page
● OpenGLAM principles: http://openglam.
org...
openglam@okfn.org
Thank you for your attention!
OpenGLAM presentation at EOD conference, 11 April 2014
OpenGLAM presentation at EOD conference, 11 April 2014
OpenGLAM presentation at EOD conference, 11 April 2014
OpenGLAM presentation at EOD conference, 11 April 2014
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OpenGLAM presentation at EOD conference, 11 April 2014

  1. 1. Promoting free & open access to digital cultural heritage Lieke Ploeger, OpenGLAM Community Manager Open Knowledge Foundation / DM2E project
  2. 2. The Open Knowledge Foundation We are a global network to open up knowledge around the world and see it used and useful We unlock knowledge to empower citizens and enable fair, sustainable societies
  3. 3. What does Open mean? http://opendefinition.org
  4. 4. What kinds of open data?
  5. 5. Why open up data? Transparency Releasing social and commercial value Participation and engagement
  6. 6. State of open data
  7. 7. Who we are ● Initiative of the Open Knowledge Foundation ● Funded by the DM2E project ● Supported by a network of organisations working to open up cultural content and data (including Europeana, the Digital Public Library of America, Creative Commons and Wikimedia)
  8. 8. What we do ● Promote free and open access to digital cultural heritage held by Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAMs) ● Build & support a community of open culture evangelists ● Provide expertise to GLAMs on open issues ● Provide open source tools for working with cultural heritage content and data
  9. 9. The Digital Dream A world in which our shared cultural heritage is open to all regardless of their background A world in which people are no longer passive consumers of cultural content created by an elite, but contribute, participate, create and share
  10. 10. Open cultural data - why? 1. Helping GLAMs fulfill their public mission 2. Global audience: making resources discoverable 3. Allow your audiences to participate 4. Connect and contextualise collections 5. Keep memory institutions relevant in a Digital Age
  11. 11. Public Mission "Enable access to everyone who wants to do research" - British Library, Our Mission and 2020 Vision Shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world” - Smithsonian - Mission "Our core values are: accessibility, sustainability, innovation and cooperation." -National Library of the Netherlands, Our Mission and Vision "To provide diverse audiences with the best quality experience and optimum access to our collections, physically and digitally." - the Victoria & Albert Museum, Mission and Objectives "The Federal Archives have the legal responsibility of permanently preserving the federal archival documents and making them available for use." - German Federal Archives - Responsibilities
  12. 12. Global Audience ● The Louvre: nearly 10 million visits a year ● The potential audience when your collections are on the web: ○ 2.4 billion - 34.% of the world's population ● Growing body of evidence that the more open your collections are the more hits they attract
  13. 13. From Michael Edson ‘The Age of Scale’ - http://www.slideshare.net/edsonm/the-age-of-scale-18954410
  14. 14. The Open Images Project Study by the Open Images projects in the Netherlands - 2.5 million views a month1 1. http://www.slideshare.net/DM2E/open-cultuur-data-14469640
  15. 15. Make resources discoverable ● Can be aggregated by large cultural data portals (Europeana, Digital Public Library of America) ● Can be indexed more easily by search engines such as Google, driving more visitors towards your institution's website ● Can be used and written about on Wikipedia
  16. 16. Wikipedian in Residence Scheme ● Wikipedia editors spending time at institutions and improving the Wikipedia articles about items in that institution's collections ● Wikipedia is the 6th largest website in the world1 with the English Wikipedia receiving 551 million views a day2 1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_popular_websites 2. http://stats.wikimedia.org/EN/TablesPageViewsMonthly.htm
  17. 17. Participation Visitors and users can actively contribute to aspects of your collections: ○ Curation ○ Enrichment and improvement ○ Provide content for new collections
  18. 18. ● Allows users to submit their photographs, videos, audio clips and place them on a map & timeline ● Collaborating with over 200 cultural institutions worldwide ● Lets communities tell their stories about their history Historypin
  19. 19. Brooklyn Museum: tagging ● Tag! You’re it! ● Freeze tag! ● Lets people add tags by playing a game ● Users review each others tags ● Leaderboard ● 70.000 tags added to the collection in 10 months
  20. 20. The 21st Century GLAM It remains: ● The key preserver of our shared cultural heritage ● An authoritative source of information and expertise about your collections ● You curate, contextualise and tell stories about your collections
  21. 21. The 21st Century GLAM It stands to gain: ● An audience far beyond the wildest dreams of its first founders ● Connections to other collections that contextualise stories about its objects ● A closer to connection to its audience (and the improvements to its digital collections that come with that)
  22. 22. Open cultural data - how? ● Digitised Objects - book scans, digital photos ● Metadata - descriptions of digitised objects ● User generated content
  23. 23. Steps to opening up data ● Choose your metadata and content ● Check for existing copyright restrictions ● Make your metadata and content legally open ● Make your metadata and content technically open ● Supply clear documentation ● Engage your audience around your data
  24. 24. Challenges ● Concerns over lost revenue streams ● Attraction of private schemes that lockdown heritage ● Worries about the misuse of data and content ● Legal uncertainties: licensing, orphan works ● Technical challenges: standards, tools
  25. 25. How can OpenGLAM help? Network ● Mailinglist ● Local groups & ambassadors ● Working group Information ● Documentation ● OpenGLAM Principles ● Events ● News and blogs Resources ● Open collections ● Culture labs
  26. 26. A growing movement...
  27. 27. @OpenGLAM
  28. 28. Legal: Open Licenses No known copyright No rights reserved Attribution Attribtution-ShareAlike
  29. 29. Technical: 5 stars of open data Publishing open data: ● via your own website ● via 3rd party sites (Europeana, DPLA) ● via an API
  30. 30. Engage your audience around your open data ➔ Publicise your data widely ➔ Ask researchers to share their results ➔ Submit your data for use in research competitions ➔ Organise hackathons with your data ➔ Organise a competition for remixing data ➔ Wikipedian in residence
  31. 31. Make your own Masterpiece ● Rijksstudio Award for design using Rijksmuseum material ● Winner: Rijks Muse - makeup line inspired by 5 women from the collection
  32. 32. DM2E - Digitised Manuscripts to Europeana www.dm2e.eu
  33. 33. Join us! ● Online channels ● openglam.org ● Mailing list ● Twitter ● Blog ● Working group ● Local groups: Austria, Switzerland, Finland...
  34. 34. Upcoming events ● June: ELAG conference workshop ‘Open Up! Licensing your library’s treasures’ with Creative Commons (Bath) ● July: OKFestival (Berlin) ● August: Wikimania (London) ● September: DM2E Linked Open Data in Libraries conference (Vienna)
  35. 35. Read more ● Introduction to Open Cultural Data: http://wiki. dm2e.eu/Main_Page ● OpenGLAM principles: http://openglam. org/principles/ ● Open definition: http://opendefinition.org/ ● Sharing is Caring anthology: http://sharecare14.wordpress.com/anthology/
  36. 36. openglam@okfn.org Thank you for your attention!

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