Considerations of the History of Collections and the Formation of Museums in Approaches to Open Access Initiatives for Cultural Heritage Foundations
While the digital revolution has fostered much enthusiasm for the right to freely access and utilize online-based information, the cultural heritage industry at large has been resistant to embrace this spirit. Although there are notable institutional exceptions (many that are already a part of Wikimania), which are pioneering the way that information about art and culture is conveyed to the general public in digital form, there is a long history in the custodianship of art, heritage, and archaeological collections that runs counter to today’s burgeoning social expectation that images and their narrative interpretation be imminently available for consumption, reproduction, and even alteration. This lecture will address the history of the museum and the formation of collections in relation to their role in catering to public and private audiences in order to highlight the points of resistance that cultural heritage institutions face when considering making their collections available to open access initiatives. Furthermor
e, by underscoring examples of the benefits of making collections fully digitally accessible, especially with the tools of artificial intelligence, suggestions will be made as to how a shift in strategy regarding the issue of open access data and the approach to cultural heritage institutions could be implemented.
In sum, this lecture intends to encourage a historically informed discussion about the approaches taken with cultural heritage institutions regarding the digital management of their collections, and will also consider how open access incentives could be built into an overall digital growth strategy.
This lecture will address the conference theme: Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals. It will explore strategies to enhance access to knowledge and to build innovation through strong institutional and educational partnerships (SDG 4, 9, 17) through an informed historical approach to the subject.
The intended session outcome is to build strategies for partnerships and innovation with cultural institutions.
Emily L. Spratt https://sites.google.com/view/emilylspratt/home
- Current: Princeton University, United States
- Future: Columbia University, United States
The session will work best with these conditions:
Room: Any type of room with projector
Audience: 30-50, those working with GLAM institutions or doing data/image uploads
Recording: Yes, recording allowed