Making the case for ‘open’: reimagining Museum Victoria’s approach to collections information access

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Wednesday 27th November, 2013

2:00pm to 2:25pm (NZMT)

In many parts of the GLAM sector, ‘open’ has become a catch cry, used now in reference to data, sciences, collections and principles for access to organisational records and information. Museums and, notably, galleries have begun to publicly adopt and promote open principles and licenses when publishing their collections information online.

As part of a new strategic direction to digitally transform Museum Victoria, we wished to explore the possibilities and challenges presented by applying open licenses throughout our revamped Collections Online site. There are good reasons to adopt open licenses for our collections content. It makes our content clearly reusable as well as sending out a message that our collections information is there to be shared. Also, some external projects we provide data to require that data to be openly and clearly licensed in order to participate.

There have certainly been institutional barriers to adopting this new publishing model. In this presentation, some of these will be discussed, as well as providing an analysis of how successfully they were overcome. The presentation will also touch on other aspects of ‘open’ being adopted in Museum Victoria, particularly regarding software development and open data principles in records and archives management. A digital transformation requires taking a few bold steps so, finally, this presentation will look at whether we have been bold enough.

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Ely Wallis

Elycia Wallis is Manager of Online Collections at Museum Victoria and is the current Chair of the Global Biodiversity Heritage Library Coordinating Committee

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Time 2:00pm2:25pm NZMT

Date Wed 27th November 2013


Soundings Theatre, Te Papa Tongarewa

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