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Wednesday, November 18 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Declaration on Open Access for Cultural Heritage: What are our Guiding Principles for Ethically Practicing Open in GLAM institutions?

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Cultural heritage institutions have been doing significant work on digitization for the last twenty years. The results of those efforts are now starting to pay off, with more institutions adopting open access policies to share that digitized heritage with the world. However, as the survey by Douglas McCarthy and Andrea Wallace showed, there is no consensus on what “open” and “open access” means. There are also some fundamental considerations that need to acknowledge the complexities of managing cultural heritage and knowledge. Also, for those institutions that are less well resourced, more guidance is needed on how to take actual steps on enacting open access for cultural heritage.

Creative Commons and other partners decided to step in to support some conversations on how to ethically practice Open Access. For that, we are publishing a research paper on “Critical Open GLAM”, that provides the research-based evidence to serve as a fundamental piece for building a Declaration on Open Access for Cultural Heritage.

In this session, we will review the key topics that we expect to be included in the Declaration, including:
  • The Legal Foundations of Open Access for Cultural Heritage
  • New Areas of Focus for Open Access for Cultural Heritage
  • A Human Rights Perspective for Open GLAM
  • Copyright & Open Licensing
  • Accessibility
  • Traditional Knowledge
  • Privacy
  • Ethical considerations for Open Access

In this session, we will walk through the arguments we developed to inform policy makers and advocates that work with or within cultural heritage institutions. We expect that the Declaration will provide an actionable framework to inform policies in an evolving ecosystem, where best practices will change as technologies and communities change.

We will also inform people in this session how to provide comments and feedback, and engage with the Declaration in different ways.

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Fiona Romeo

Senior Manager, GLAM & Culture, Wikimedia Foundation
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CC Open GLAM Platform Lead, Creative Commons
Evelin Heidel (a.k.a. Scann) is a longtime member of Creative Commons, currently leading the Open GLAM initiative (http://openglam.org). She has worked in digital heritage, community digitization and intellectual property for the past ten years. Harvard Fellow at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab (2018), International Visiting Scholar at Washington College of Law, American University (2019... Read More →
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Claudio Ruiz

Director of Ecosystem Strategy, Creative Commons
I'm director of ecosystem strategy at Creative Commons, meaning I'm all interested in to talk about how to expand the open movement outreach, how to be better and more effective at what we do and how to contribute better to more collaborative spaces. I'm also currently an Affiliate... Read More →
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Andrea Wallace

Associate Professor of Law & Technology, University of Exeter
Andrea Wallace is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter. Her research explores legal issues surrounding copyright, cultural institutions and the public domain by examining the impact of digital technologies on the preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of cultural... Read More →

Wednesday November 18, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
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