This month, Europeana Pro looks at how the public domain contributes to the re-use of cultural heritage and explores different aspects of open access. Europeana Collections Manager Douglas McCarthy has interviewed a number of cultural heritage professionals about open access for Europeana Pro, but today he tells us more about his own research and the global picture of Open GLAM.
The principle that works in the public domain should remain in the public domain once digitised, which Europeana has defended for almost ten years, was recently incorporated into European law. In this post, we interview Dr. Andrea Wallace, Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter, about the importance of this provision for the cultural heritage sector and her research on Article 14.
In a major step towards greater open access in France, Paris Musées is releasing its digital collections into the public domain with a CC0 waiver. Europeana's Douglas McCarthy spoke with Philippe Rivière, Head of Communication and Digital at Paris Musées, to find out more.
The Europeana Common Culture project aims to improve the content from Europeana’s national aggregators, as well as support their collaboration and deliver a rich programme of events focused on building capacity in the cultural sector. In this guest post, Larissa Borck from theSwedish National Heritage Board - a Common Culture project partner - discusses their open-access webinar series, ‘Open GLAM now!’, which explores how museums and cultural heritage institutions can open up to audiences with the help of digital data and media.
This is the second part of our reporting on the recent events for all things Wikimedia – the annual Wikimania conference, held this year in Stockholm – where Europeana held several associated events. Following the main conference, Europeana convened the inaugural meeting of National Libraries (and equivalent consortium organisations) who are currently working directly with Wikidata and its underlying software Wikibase. This event was organised by our Wikimedia liaison Liam Wyatt and hosted by our partners the National Library of Sweden. Liam updates us here on the meeting content.
After last month's Open GLAM México event, and with a national digital repository in development, these are exciting times in the Mexican cultural sector. Douglas McCarthy spoke with Agenda Digital de Cultura’s Vania Ramírez Islas to get the inside story.