Give it Away to Get Rich: The Virtuous Cycle of Open Cultural Heritage

Lightning Talk
Effie Kapsalis, Smithsonian Institution Archives, USA, Shana Kimball, The New York Public Library, USA

Over the last decade, more than 50 GLAM organizations have pursued open access removing technical and copyright barriers to their public domain collections. While the reasons for pursuing open access were varied, most of the institutions have felt a positive impact on their brand, mission, organizational culture and relevance, public engagement, and even the increased capacity to raise funds for digitization. However, it doesn’t stop there. When organizations have gone a step further to make collections and data accessible and position them for reuse, they are contributing to a virtuous cycle of innovation and creativity. Come hear what’s happening!

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