[OpenGLAM] Future of OpenGLAM

Naomi Lillie naomi.lillie at okfn.org
Wed Jul 31 13:10:38 UTC 2013

Hi Heath, all,

Having volunteers leading Working (and Local) Groups is an established
practice at the Open Knowledge Foundation - OpenGLAM was unusual in that it
had the overall Working Group Coordinator also leading it! If that isn't
clear perhaps we should make that more visible on the website... I'll raise
with the Local Groups team too.

(Joris - hope all is going well, excited to hear how these plans progress!)


On 31 July 2013 13:25, heath rezabek <heath.rezabek at gmail.com> wrote:

> Joris, congratulations on your new post.  I also think it's wonderful to
> see that someone working within another organization can assist at the
> leadership level with a core OKF initiative.  It's an encouraging precedent
> for collaboration.
> I know I also look forward to seeing the updated OpenGLAM principles.
> - Heath
>   TX Ambassador, OKF
> On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 4:38 AM, Prakash Neupane <nprkshn at gmail.com>wrote:
>> Congratulation Joris for your new work :)
>> Yah obvious, we should establish the connection with the similar minded
>> organization working for open GLAM, which are working locally.
>> Thanks
>> Prakash Neupane
>> Ambassador
>> Open Knowledge Foundation Nepal
>>  On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 2:50 PM, Joris Pekel <jpekel at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>  Dear all,
>>> Over the last weeks it has been relatively quiet on the OpenGLAM blog
>>> and mailing list. This is partially due to summer holidays, but also
>>> because I recently have left the Open Knowledge Foundation to work for the
>>> Europeana Foundation as the Community Coordinator Cultural Heritage. Here I
>>> will work even closer together with cultural heritage institutions to show
>>> the benefits of opening up their collections, both for themselves, as for
>>> society as a whole.
>>> What will this mean for OpenGLAM? Well basically, not too much. OpenGLAM
>>> has established itself over the last year as a network of people involved
>>> in the cultural heritage sector where we share knowledge, write blogposts,
>>> and collaborate to organise meetings and events with cultural heritage
>>> institutions to work to make their material available for everybody to
>>> re-use without any restrictions.
>>> As the largest European project when it comes to open digital heritage,
>>> Europeana has always been an important partner of the OpenGLAM network.
>>> Together we have organised last years OKFestival session on building the
>>> cultural commons, and during the same week Harry Verwayen from Europeana
>>> announced on the main stage that all metadata on Europeana would be
>>> available under a completely open CC0 license, an amazing achievement for
>>> the work we have all been doing together.
>>> As part of my new role at Europeana, I will remain coordinating the
>>> OpenGLAM working group alongside Sam Leon from the Open Knowledge
>>> Foundation. Together with our working group and advisory board we will work
>>> to set out the plans for OpenGLAM for the coming period. A few of the
>>> things I would like to work on:
>>> * Grow the network of OpenGLAM members. We have brought together people
>>> from around the world that are working to open up cultural data and
>>> content. We meet once a month to update each other about our activities,
>>> think about blogpost to write, and discuss next steps to be taken. Very
>>> often, working group members serve as a bridge between local initiatives
>>> and the global network. We are happy to share our knowledge with anybody
>>> that is involved in the cultural sector, or wants to initiate a similar
>>> initiative - like the recent founding of OpenGLAM Austria.
>>> * Finalise the OpenGLAM principles. You have been giving incredibly
>>> valuable feedback to the first set of principles we developed. We now have
>>> to rework them and include your comments and get back to you. If you are
>>> interested in getting closer involved, let me know.
>>> * Continue developing a set of documentation and blogs about open
>>> culture data for institutions and organisations. Why is it valuable, what
>>> are the barriers, what are good case studies etc?
>>> * Increase the focus on Public Domain collections. There are many
>>> collections online that are in the public domain. However, many times you
>>> run into exceptions on the terms of use page that conflict with the public
>>> domain status. We have found that this is in most cases not because of
>>> institutions wanting these collections to be closed, but simply because of
>>> a lack of understanding and/or time. With a little bit of help and
>>> suggestions we managed to change quite a few license statements to a more
>>> open one.
>>> Happy to hear more suggestions. And as always, if you want to get closer
>>> involved and join the OpenGLAM working group, let me know. No strings
>>> attached, so if you're not sure if this is something for you, come along
>>> and find out!
>>> All the best,
>>> Joris
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