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Tuesday, November 19 • 2:30pm - 2:55pm
Insight from a global survey of open GLAM

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Digital technologies and the Internet give museums wonderful opportunities to engage and empower audiences through open access to digital collections. So who is leading the way and what approaches are they using?

Fresh from co-leading a global survey of open access in the GLAM sector, Douglas and Victoria will share insights into the key trends and challenges in this space. Douglas draws on his twenty-year experience of working internationally in museums, archives and art collections, and reflect on his current work at Europeana.

In line with their everyday digital lives, people today expect deeper and more personal forms of interaction with museums and their collections; participation, not passivity. For cultural heritage organisations, enabling open access to digitised public domain works should be seen as an important driver of democratisation and greater societal relevance. However, embracing this vision requires cultural institutions to remodel themselves from knowledge arbiters to welcoming facilitators; new attitudes, policies and practices are needed. So what is the big picture of open access in the GLAM sector today? Where is innovation happening and who is driving it? What kind of challenges does open access pose to museums and how might these be overcome? In this presentation, Douglas will explore these questions and provide a broad perspective on the field.

This session will be in the form of a presentation delivered on Douglas' behalf by Victoria Leachman (@VLeachman), followed by Q and A. You can engage with Douglas about this presentation on Twitter at @CultureDoug

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Victoria Leachman

Head of Collection Access, Te Papa
My day job is managing the Collection Access team at Te Papa. This consists of the Rights Team, the Collection Imaging team, Te Papa Press team, the Loans and Acquisitions team, the team responsible for Te Papa's collections database, and the Knowledge and Information team (library... Read More →
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Douglas McCarthy

Collections Engagement Manager, Europeana Foundation
Douglas McCarthy AKA @CultureDoug holds an MA in Art History and has worked internationally in museums and archives for almost two decades. He is an active member of the global Open GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) community that promotes culturally appropriate open... Read More →

Tuesday November 19, 2019 2:30pm - 2:55pm NZDT
Soundings Theatre Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand