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Beyond Open Access: Creating Culture By, With, and For the Public

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Presentation for Professional Session with Andrea Wallace, Liz Neely, and Simon Tanner
Museum Computer Network, 3 November 2016, The Sheraton, New Orleans

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Beyond Open Access: Creating Culture By, With, and For the Public

  1. 1. Beyond Open Access Creating Culture By, With, and For the Public CC BY-SA 4.0 Ida Tietgen Høyrup Museum Computer Network New Orleans, 3 November 2016 Merete Sanderhoff Curator / Senior Advisor slideshare.net/meretesanderhoff @msanderhoff
  2. 2. https://twitter.com/PUBDOMAINHULK Reality of digital
  3. 3. The Other Nefertiti http://boingboing.net/2016/02/23/scanning-artists-de-loot-stole.html
  4. 4. “…there are ways where we don’t even need any topdown effort from institutions or museums, but where the people can reclaim the museums as their public space through alternative virtual realities, fiction, or captivating the objects like we did.” Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles http://hyperallergic.com/274635/artists-covertly-scan-bust-of-nefertiti-and-release-the-data-for-free-online/
  5. 5. Copyright is “a little coral reef of private right jutting up from the ocean of Public Domain.” Paul Torremans, Copyright law: a handbook of contemporary research, 2007 Adam Olearius, "Oftt begehrte Beschreibung Der Newen Orienthalischen Reise [...]", Schleswig 1647, KKSgb10873/28, SMK. Public Domain
  6. 6. Works that are in the Public Domain in analogue form continue to be in the Public Domain once they have been digitised. http://pro.europeana.eu/files/Europeana_Professional/Publications/Public%20Domain%20Charter%20-%20EN.pdf
  7. 7. Who are we to judge what people do with public domain content? @luscofusco on instagram, feat Cornelisz van Haarlem from SMK
  8. 8. “If they want to have a Vermeer on their toilet paper, I’d rather have a very high-quality image of Vermeer on toilet paper than a very bad reproduction.” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/29/arts/design/museums-mull-public-use-of-online-art-images.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 Taco Dibbits Director, Rijksmuseum
  9. 9. Loss of control
  10. 10. Regaining control by sharing
  11. 11. “Our primary mission is to ‘tell the truth’. We put as much quality in our work as possible. That is why we share the best quality we have. If people google ‘The Milkmaid’ by Vermeer then we want them to find our good quality image, not all the bad and deformed versions of this beautiful painting.” Lizzy Jongma Former data manager, Rijksmuseum
  12. 12. SMK’s first digital strategy, 2009 We want to be a catalyst for users’ creativity
  13. 13. Requires facilitation http://jeannelking.com/services/graphic-facilitation/
  14. 14. Two examples
  15. 15. Remix exhibition May 2015 13 artists and designers were invited to mix up SMK’s collections
  16. 16. The artists got to hack the museum for a weekend CC BY-SA 4.0 Merete Sanderhoff
  17. 17. CC BY-SA 4.0 Ida Tietgen Høyrup Their remixes ranged from lasercut installations… Neea Laakso, Free?
  18. 18. CC BY-SA 4.0 Ida Tietgen Høyrup …over tapestries, fashion clothes, collages… Signe Emdal, Astrids Rose
  19. 19. Harald Slott-Møller, Danish landscape, 1891 Product of Public Domain
  20. 20. CC BY-SA 4.0 Ida Tietgen Høyrup Jamie Seaboch, Collage
  21. 21. Filip Vest, 22 Skies CC BY-SA 4.0 Ida Tietgen Høyrup …to a projection of 22 golden age skies
  22. 22. CC BY-SA 4.0 Ida Tietgen Høyrup …and a pop-up version of Hammershøi with motorized moving light
  23. 23. CC BY-SA 4.0 Ida Tietgen Høyrup Kati Hyyppä, As light goes by
  24. 24. CC BY-SA 4.0 Ida Tietgen Høyrup Offered fresh perspectives on the classic collection
  25. 25. Feedback from artists/designers CC BY-SA 4.0 Ida Tietgen Høyrup ”It is a giant toolbox with a fantastic amount of materials to work with.”
  26. 26. ”It is a giant toolbox with a fantastic amount of materials to work with.” “It was a very strong symbiotic experience to be in so close dialogue with the original work. It added a fresh dimension to the permanent collections.” CC BY-SA 4.0 Ida Tietgen Høyrup
  27. 27. ”It is a giant toolbox with a fantastic amount of materials to work with.” “It was a very strong symbiotic experience to be in so close dialogue with the original work. It added a fresh dimension to the permanent collections.” “I have been creating collages using international museum collections for 20-25 years (...) But I have only been able to share them with my friends and family, knowing that if I were to present them publicly I would face legal retribution. Now I am, for the first time, allowed to share my perspective.” CC BY-SA 4.0 Ida Tietgen Høyrup
  28. 28. Jamie Seaboch/ EyeQ Innovations CC BY-SA 4.0
  29. 29. Jamie Seaboch/ EyeQ Innovations CC BY-SA 4.0
  30. 30. Jamie Seaboch/ EyeQ Innovations CC BY-SA 4.0
  31. 31. Amazing things can happen when you let go of control and let people play
  32. 32. CC BY-SA 4.0 Ida Tietgen Høyrup Wiki Labs - collaborating with Wikipedians, art historians and amateurs to enrich art historical entries
  33. 33. Wikipedia needs open content https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Licensing
  34. 34. Monthly meetups - utilize open images - learn how to edit - artist of the month - editathons
  35. 35. Artist of the month - before
  36. 36. Artist of the month - after
  37. 37. Museum professionals must abide by Wikipedia rules like everyone else.
  38. 38. The impact is worth it
  39. 39. SMK images got 20 million page views on Wikipedia in 2015
  40. 40. “Prioritize Web and New Media programs in proportion to their impact on the mission.” Michael Edson, Smithsonian Web and New Media Strategy, Version 1.0, 2009 http://www.si.edu/content/pdf/about/web-new-media-strategy_v1.0.pdf Michael Edson /VanGoYourself
  41. 41. ”I wish we would measure cultural heritage on learning and happiness.” https://charlotteshj.dk/2016/05/26/gid-vi-maalte-kulturarv-paa-laering-og-lykke/ Charlotte S H Jensen State Arhives/National Museum
  42. 42. ”With our digitised collections, we can support people in being reflective, creative human beings. But the precondition is that cultural heritage is common property, and that each and every one of us can use it for exactly what we dream of.” Mikkel Bogh Director, SMK http://bit.ly/1dMX0BJ
  43. 43. Thank you. CC BY-SA 4.0 Ida Tietgen Høyrup Museum Computer Network New Orleans, 3 November 2016 Merete Sanderhoff Curator / Senior Advisor slideshare.net/meretesanderhoff @msanderhoff

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