Open Cultural Heritage Content & DataPresentation Transcript
Open Cultural Heritage Content & Data Sam Leon The Open Knowledge Foundation @noeL_maS
1. What does it mean for cultural heritage content and data to be “open”?2. What are the advantages of openness?3. What are the challenges faced by cultural heritage organisations trying to open up their data?4. What does the Open Knowledge Foundation do in this field?
What do we mean by content and data?1. Content – the works themselves2. Data – information about the works, often referred to as “metadata”
What do we mean by “open”?• http://opendefintition.org• “A piece of content or data is open if anyone is free to use, reuse, and redistribute it — subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and share-alike”
Common Open Licenses• Creative Commons Attribution• Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike• Creative Commons CCZero
Advantages of openness1. Enriched data2. Objects more discoverable3. Artifacts more accessible4. Preservation5. Spurs on the creation of new works, tools and services
Challenges to openness in the cultural heritage sector• Legal e.g. licensing frameworks• Technical e.g. standards• Cost of digitisation
What does the Open Knowledge Foundation do to in this field?
Open GLAM workshops, code sprints and hackathons
Publicise good work being done in this area – http://openglam.org
Build tools for working with cultural heritage data1. CKAN – http://ckan.org2. Open Shakespeare – http://openshakespeare.org3. The Annotator – http://annotateit.org4. Public Domain Calculators – http://outofcopyright.eu5. TEXTUS – http://textusproject.org
Promote the value of openly licensed cultural heritage data and content
Moment of opportunity• Proposed amendment to the 2003 PSI Directive• New open digitsation initiatives e.g. Internet Archive• Open metadata aggregators e.g. Europeana• A community of developers with skills for hacking cultural heritage data
Recommended reading• The New Renaissance Report (2011) – Elisabeth Niggeman, Jacques De Decker, Maurice Lévy• The Problem of the Yellow Milkmaid (2011) – Harry Verwayen, Martijn Arnoldus, Peter B. Kaufman
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