[OpenGLAM] Rijksmuseum case study

Joris Pekel jpekel at gmail.com
Tue Jul 29 15:08:11 UTC 2014

Hi everyone,

I think everyone on this list has come across the Rijksmuseum and their
open collections multiple times. Some of you might even hear too much about
them :)

Their case is being used everywhere as best practice, but so far the whole
proces to completely open up has not been properly documented. I think
their case can be really inspirational for other institutions and people
can learn a lot from it. I therefore have written a paper which basically
describes what happened since 2011 up till now. For this several interviews
with employees and other people involved were conducted. Besides that I
went through their annual reports to see if making their images available
without copyright restrictions destroyed their image bank revenue (hint:
Finally the wider discussion about claiming copyright on public domain
works when digitising is addressed.

Hope you'll find it useful. At workshops and events I always hear many
people working in institutions asking for case studies they can take to
their directors. I hope this can be one of them. I have written a small
introductory blog here:


Let me know if you have any questions/feedback. I also want to do more of
these case studies, so if you have experiences yourself with opening
collections that you want to share, or have some good leads, please get in


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