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An open, global network is helping cultural institutions to share their collections with the populace.

GLAM (which stands for Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) represents a large part of our cultural heritage. GLAM also functions as an umbrella term for so-called “Memory Organisations”. The most famous examples are Europeana, a European Commission project which serves as a portal to the digitised collections of all large European libraries, or GLAM-Wiki, which cooperates with cultural institutions worldwide to present their digitised collections on Wikipedia.

The OpenGLAM community is a global network of people and organisations who campaign worldwide for the opening of cultural collections and data to the general public, and was founded as a working group of the Open Knowledge Foundation in 2012. Since then, it has actively looked after the promotion of free and open access to digital cultural heritage and offers, among other things, workshops for cultural institutions that show how collections can be usefully digitised and the resulting data used. They also give a regular overview of new, cost-free online exhibitions, provide information around current developments as well as the advantages of opening up cultural data, and host a range of events based around the theme of digital cultural heritage. OpenGLAM is supported by organisations such as Europeana, Creative Commons, and Wikimedia. 



Cultural Commons

Through digitalisation knowledge will be accessible universally soon.

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