The GLAMour of Open Data: How to share your GLAM’s data, content & culture with the world

Joris Pekel, NL , Lori Phillips, USA

Open data is gaining considerable attention within political, organizational, scientific and citizen communities internationally. As awareness of open data grows in those spaces, it has also grown in the cultural heritage field. More data is being made available online, free for the public to reuse. The attention and interest that open data is garnering has led to a number of questions by cultural organizations: what are the benefits and challenges for both institutions and society of open cultural data? How do institutions open up in an effective way?

This workshop, led by the Open Knowledge Foundation, the GLAM-Wiki US Consortium, and Open Cultuur Data, will answer these questions, and more. It will examine the concept of open data, the process behind sharing data & content, the implications, and inspiring case studies from around the world.

Workshop goals include:

  • Quick overview of the OpenGLAM initiative and its mission

  • Explanation of how open data can be beneficial for cultural institutions and society

  • Examples of use cases and potential project ideas, coupled with steps to take action

  • Addressing issues and concerns that GLAMs have regarding open data sharing (i.e. copyright, abuse of data, financial & technical investment)

  • Facilitated Q&A with participants and organizers

  • Development of next steps with GLAM participants coupled with active assistance by organizers to create feasible goals to opening up their collections

  • Post-workshop support and assistance will take place between organizers and GLAMs to further their open data goals

Overall, this workshop will focus on the concept of open cultural data, examples and how-to’s, and actionable processes for attendees. Facilitated discussions will allow participants to ask questions and garner feedback about project ideas and open sharing procedures. This workshop will include presentations, small group discussions, and a next steps planning activity. The organizers will also provide post-workshop and assistance and support to assist participants in their organizations opening cultural data.