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Title: Building an Initiative for a UNESCO Recommendation on Open Culture


Brigitte Vézina


Jocelyn Miyara

Jocelyn manages the Open Culture Program, overseeing projects, logistics, and communications that support the Open Culture community. Before CC, Jocelyn worked at The New York Public Library for over five years, first as a Special Projects Manager in the President's Office, and later as a Program Manager for their Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access team. This work helped her cultivate a passion for furthering equitable policies and practices, collaborative project management, and supporting the free exchange of knowledge and culture.

Connor Benedict

Open Culture Coordinator at Creative Commons

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Type: Lecture

Track: GLAM, Heritage, and Culture

Submission state: submitted

Duration: 30 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description

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Creative Commons is leading a program on open culture. Part of that program is to build a global UNESCO recommendation for Open Culture.

We held a meeting in Lisbon in May 2023 with a group of experts and we are reporting back from this first expert meeting on building a UNESCO open culture recommendation, and would like to share with a broader and more diverse global audience within the open movement.

This will be a brief presentation to provide context followed by a brief Q^A and an invitation to contribute in the future.


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For 20 years Creative Commons (CC) has been active in the cultural sphere, promoting open sharing of information, ideas, and artifacts to build a more equitable, accessible, and innovative world. CC’s legacy imbues our Open Culture Program and offers a solid scaffolding to our efforts to promote better sharing of cultural heritage. In September 2022, at MONDIACULT 2022, UNESCO Member States affirmed for the first time that culture is a global public good. At CC, we know that preservation, access, sharing, use, and reuse of such a public good are essential ingredients of thriving and resilient societies and are demonstrated contributors to sustainable development. But inadequate, nonexistent, or unclear public policies—particularly copyright laws—often raise unnecessary barriers around access to and enjoyment of cultural heritage. If we want to build a sustainable future for all, we need to unlock the possibilities of equitable and respectful sharing of cultural heritage in the digital age and drive the necessary policy change to support the entire sharing ecosystem.

With the aim to open initial discussions on the need to realize open culture as a global public good, we brought together experts to: exchange perspectives, explore potential common grounds on key principles, and devise strategies to drive policy action towards better sharing of cultural heritage. Through a series of facilitated exercises the group elaborated the historical and current context of open culture, explored the needs of this work to be taken forward, and described the vision that this is working towards.

The Wiki-community shares values with Creative Commons and has a history of mutual support and collaboration. This session is an effort to involve the wider open culture and GLAM community members in this important work.

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Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

We want to bring diverse perspectives to enhance collaboration towards a future where people have access to culture. There is no cultural heritage without diversity, challenging the concept of universality of culture and moving toward the idea of plurality of cultures.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Everyone can participate in this session

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Empty Onsite in Singapore
  • Tick Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Empty Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand