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The Art of Open Data

Talk given at the SMK/Maersk event Data in Art | Art in Data
with Jonas Heide Smith, Head of Digital, SMK
26 April 2017
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

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The Art of Open Data

  1. 1. The Art of Open Data Merete Sanderhoff, Senior Advisor
 Jonas Heide Smith, Head of Digital
  2. 2. The National Gallery of Denmark Western art from 1300 to the present Research-based work 450,000 visitors a year 260,000 artworks 66 % in the public domain 27 % digitised
  3. 3. We give you access to art and our knowledge no matter where you are
  4. 4. 2.000 artworks
 on display
  5. 5. 2.000 artworks
 on display Only 0.77 % of the 
 collection is visible
  6. 6. 1 % 99 % Works in SMK Collection Works on display
  7. 7. Digitisation is a game-changer
  8. 8. ”There is not a single physical space where all our heritage can be shown, but on the Internet you can.”
 Democratizing the Rijksmuseum, 2014 

  9. 9. Today, we can offer online services that are available from everywhere to anyone seeking "to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.”
 Article 27.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

  10. 10. “We are all in the attention business, and we have to play to win. (...) To direct attention to the real knowledge that we produce, publishing our material online for free use and reuse is the first step. It is in keeping with our mission (...) that we have to fight back — and infuse this new ecosystem with all the antibodies we have in hand, especially facts and knowledge.” Peter B. Kaufmann, In the Post-Truth Era, 2017
  11. 11. New technologies help us move forward Mass digitisation OCR scanning/reading Crowdsourcing Citizen science
  12. 12. New technologies help us move forward Mass digitisation OCR scanning/reading Crowdsourcing Citizen science And people!
  13. 13. ”No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.”
 Joy’s Law Attributed to Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems 

  14. 14. Works that are in the Public Domain in analogue form continue to be in the Public Domain once they have been digitised. Public%20Domain%20Charter%20-%20EN.pdf 

  15. 15. Bildung ~ Building
  16. 16. Bildung ~ Building Creating an understanding of the world and your own place in it becomes a product of active processing, adapting, rebuilding and repurposing. play-8f8e2e8cb2fe#.g41p8a4np
  17. 17. Open art can improve urban environments
  18. 18. Open art can improve social conditions
  19. 19. Clothes as an everyday
 canvas for art Harald Slott-Møller, Dansk landskab, 1891
  20. 20. Open art as raw materials for Makers
  21. 21. “It’s a giant toolbox with a fantastic amount of materials to work with.” Feedback from a designer involved in the SMK remix challenge Mix it up! 2015
  22. 22. Open art can
 improve access to knowledge
  23. 23. Open art can
 build communities
  24. 24. Number of Wikipedia page views with SMK images in 2016 33 million
  25. 25. SMK OPEN …a digital platform to make SMK’s collection freely and flexibly accessible to everyone
  26. 26. SM K’s firstw ebsite 2001 2009 The ‘FriBilleddeling’project 2012 SM K realeases 170 w orks in hi-res 2014 Public D om ain-policy 2015 launches w ith 25k photos 2016 ‘SM K O pen’launches ‘D etVirtuelle Kunstm useum ’ 2008 SM K on Facebook SM K on G oogle ArtProject H ighlights on W ikim edia 2013 Rejksmuseum 
 reopens 2017 The MET releases
 375k digital works ‘SM K D igital’launches N ew sm FullAPID AM 1999 Creative Commons
 launches Europeana
  27. 27. The collection database
  28. 28. 260.000 works 70.000 registered 30.000 digitized An ongoing investmentConstantin Hansen, Et selskab af danske kunstnere i Rom, 1837
  29. 29. Exhibition websites From 1999
  30. 30. Blog entries From 2008
  31. 31. News articles From 2010
  32. 32. Exhibition catalogues From 1912
  33. 33. Video
  34. 34. Photos
  35. 35. Hammershøi SMK’s historie SMK's history Symbolisme Symbolism SMK Shop Undervisning Education SMK Fridays Hammershøi Eckersberg Guldalder
 Danish Golden Age SMK Kom Forskning Research Konservering
 Conservation SMK’s historie SMK's history SMK Onsdage SMK Wednesdays Børneværksteder Children's workshops Cafe Samtidskunst
 Contemporary art Lea Porsager Påske
 Easter Instawalk P.S. Krøjer Fauvisme
 Fauvism SMK Fridays Eckersberg Guldalder Danish Golden Age SMK Open Cafe Børneværksteder Children's workshops KMS3352
  36. 36. Organic Natural BehaviouralConnectors
  37. 37. Karel Dujardin, Boy Blowing Soap Bubbles, 1663. Organic Allegory Water Clam shell Natural Dominant color: Blue Year: 1663 Artist: Karel Dujardin Behavioural Often seen from Netherlands Often seen with Matisse Most shared in March 2017
  38. 38. APIApplication Programming Interface: An online service which holds all of SMK’s data and can deliver it in any desired form to any system. E.g. “Send hi-resolution photos of all German art created between 1880 and 1898”
  39. 39. Second Canvas
  40. 40. Vizgu
  41. 41. API Education
 services 3rd party app Europeana etc. Europeana etc. 3rd party website
  42. 42. blake.thornberry, Container Stack,
  43. 43. The Museum as Platform
  44. 44. But what’s the impact?
  45. 45. But what’s the impact? Does it improve the way our children are educated? Does it provide citizens with new useful skills? Does it enable creatives and innovators to make
 groundbreaking new works? Does it result in a stronger, more cohesive society?
  46. 46. IMPACT Measure what is important, don't make important what you can measure. - Robert McNamara
  47. 47. Sharing is Caring 2017
 Digitisation and social impact? #sharecare17
  48. 48. SMK OPEN @smkmuseum #smkmuseum Facebook: SMK Open