Open GLAM Workshop

  • What: Open GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) Workshop - Opening up your cultural data
  • When: 20th September 2012
  • Time: 9:30 - 15:30
  • Where: The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland
  • Target Audience: Representatives from Cultural Heritage Insitutions
  • Register: Here

Open data have gained considerable attention recently within politics, companies, scientific communities, and citizen communities, but also in the cultural heritage field more and more data is being made available online, freely for anybody to reuse. But what are the benefits for cultural institutions to open up their data? And how do they do it in an effective way?

This workshop aims to enrich and stimulate the discussion on openness within the memory institutions in Finland by supporting the construction of a network with Finnish and foreign memory institutions interested inopen content and open access. Meaningful open access is key for promoting open content and legal creativeuse/re-use of cultural heritage. At the moment there is a need to demonstrate this, by making a showcase of the practical solutions, strategies and the ‘best practices’ in opening memory institutions and their holdings to a wider public.

We invite around 25 representatives from cultural heritage institutions to join us during this workshop where we will discuss different aspects, opportunities and issues about open data with a wide variety of experts.


  • 9:00-9:30 - Coffee & Registration
  • 9:30-9:40 - Welcome by The Society of Swedish Literature
  • 9:40-9:50 - Introduction by Sanna Marttila (Aalto University)


  • 10:00-10:20 - The Open GLAM initiative: an introduction to open data in the cultural heritage space (Joris Pekel & Sam Leon (Open Knowledge Foundation)

  • 10:20-10:40 - “Common Challenges, Common Solutions. Working Together Towards Openness” - Experiences of opening up content in Denmark by Merete Sanderhoff (Statens Museum for Kunst, The National Gallery of Denmark)

  • 10:40-11:00 - Pundit: Re-using cultural heritage data in the scholarly domain (Net7)
  • 11:00-11:10 - Coffee
  • 11:10-11:30 - “An introduction to open licensing” by Christian Villum, Creative Commons Denmark
  • 11:30-11:50 - Wikimedia and cultural heritage in Finland by Tommi Kovala & Ulpu Pajari (Wikimedia Finland)
  • 11:50-12:15 - Discussion

  • 12:15-13:00 - Lunch break

Case Studies

  • 13:00-13:20 - Open Cultural Data Initiative (NL) by Nikki Timmermans (Knowledgeland) and Maarten Brinkerink (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision)
  • 13.20-13:40 - “Finna - Opening Access to Cultural Heritage and Scientific Information” by Aki Lassila (The National Library of Finland&The National Digital Library)
  • 13.40-14:00 - “Big Ideas - Small Steps. Towards an Open Archive” by Tove Ørsted (The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland)


  • 14:00-15:00 Break-out sessions where we discuss the various experiences and issues of the participants. Hosted Sanna Marttila & Mariana Salgado
  • 15:00-15:30 - Wrapping up & ending the workshop
  • 15:30-16:00 - Transport to main venue (Aalto University, Arts)
  • 16:00 - Keynote Michael Edson