In order to make them available to all through digital means - in all GLAM institutions involves dealing with a huge backlog legacy. It also involves a much broader range of skills than are traditionally associated with museums, libraries, galleries - namely curatorial/registrar/collection management skills. We need the skills of photographers, filmmakers, illustrators, sound recordists, web designers and ICT professionals. ...more »
Central to the success of public access to cultural heritage and many emerging business models is the availability of user-friendly legal tools which deliver and maintain the open access status of the archived materials. This is fundamentally important to ensure that all digital materials remain available to all for lawful re-use, and to be available in a user friendly format to foster creative activities and enterprises ...more »
Cultural institutions hold a large number of orphan works (where a copyright holder cannot be located) and are restricted from providing access to these materials for fear of litigation and negative attacks from lobby groups. To give an idea of the intimidating landscape for cultural institutions wanting to provide digital access to these orphan works, recent media coverage of HathiTrust and Georgia State Universityactions ...more »
Need funding and strategies to be put in place for digitisation of cultural heritage. If the digitisation strategy targets both preservation *and* access, then that may help. NCP should fund cultural institutions to do work, not policy people or consultants, otherwise skills lost. The need for funding has been made clear to government including through the report of Professor John Quiggan to Gov 2.0. He concluded that ...more »
We need to develop as a matter of urgency a strategic plan within the NCP to lawfully digitise and make available these kinds of materials in a way that does not create new barriers to access. We need to do this hand in hand with new business models that facilitate broad public access.
Deposit legislation is extended to audiovisual and digital materials so cultural institutions can easily and legally harvest works distributed by broadcast and the internet. It could also ensure that they are legally able to undertake the preservation copying of materials that may otherwise be prevented by legal or technical piracy protections.
Measure creation of digital content/digitisation, online engagement/"visits", user engagement/reuse of artefacts, "usability" of artefacts: Most of the larger museums are currently structured around workflows which are focused on getting people through their doors using a very 20th century model of exhibition development. This sees resources heavily weighted to the production, designing, and marketing of exhibitions and ...more »
Digitise the public domain: A prerequisite to making much of the national cultural heritage available on-line is the digitisation of such materials. This requires public support.