2023:Program/Submissions/Open collections - UCGYSV

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Title: Open collections


Eva Vele

I am a trained art historian and work in a gallery as a 20th century art historian and curator of contemporary art. I also work at Wikimedia Czech Republic as a Program Manager for Partnerships, which includes GLAM, Wikidata & Tech and Advocacy. In my own research, I am interested in the transformations of museum practice in the Anthropocene and apply a critical posthumanist approach.


I'm an advocacy coordinator for Wikimedia Czech Republic based in Prague. I joined Wikimedia in 2022, as member of WMCZ team, with responsibilities covering legislation&case-law monitoring, disinformation mapping, cooperation with society partners and contact with local policymakers. I work as attorney at MH Partners with IT/IP law and commercial/corporate law 15+ years expertise. I'm a member of the Czech Bar Association.

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Type: Lightning talk

Track: GLAM, Heritage, and Culture

Submission state: submitted

Duration: 10 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

Lightning talk is about our Open Collections project, which we have taken completely under our wing for the first time this year. It is an annual study on the state of digitization and online access to the collections of museum institutions in the Czech Republic.

Description[edit source]

A common fear of cultural institutions about sharing collection items online is copyright. The second biggest concern is human and financial capacity. That's why we decided last year to help the Open Collections project, which was founded by two students from the Academy of Arts and Crafts to gather data on the state of digitization and making digitized objects available online. In Wikimedia Czech Republic, thanks to Milan Holeček - Advocacy Coordinator, who is also a lawyer - we have the opportunity to lend a helping hand to institutions, both in terms of copyright and human capacity, but also, for example, in terms of an environment for sharing their data, for which both Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons are suitable. Based on this symbiosis, the original founders eventually decided to put the project entirely in our hands, and so this year we were working on the research ourselves for the first time. We are also planning more communication with institutions through a newsletter and offering various mini-conferences on free licenses and free data.

Further details[edit source]

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

We reach out to all museum institutions, including very small ones that often have no more than one employee. Although they also have important collection items, they do not have the capacity to deal with digitization and sharing online - we can help them with this and thus share the culture that is stored in collections on the periphery, excluded locations, or small towns that did not receive a larger grant for digitization, etc. they don't have the capacity for such work.

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

Average knowledge about Wikimedia projects or activities

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
  • Tick Pre-recorded and available on demand