Open Collections Workshop

Date: Tuesday 19th April

Location: Wellcome Library, London.

Timings: 10am to 5pm, lunch is included

This is a free, one day workshop for collection holders (galleries, archive, museums) to highlight the benefits of making their digital collections’ content more accessible for use and re-use.  It is being run in partnership with the Europeana Foundation and Collections Trust.

Who is this for?

Participants will come from twenty UK organisations with an ambition to improve access to their digital collections. The workshop is targeted at senior managers or those responsible for making strategic decisions about digital content.

Participants will be selected based on the following criteria:
- regional spread
- subject spread (artforms / collection type)
- potential for development


Thanks to support from the Europeana Foundation, this event is free to all participants. We are also able to cover travel costs to London to attend if necessary.

Why is this important?

Digital collections represent a valuable asset that can engage audiences online. However, in many cases, this potential is not yet fully realised due to considerations such as budget, copyright and public mission. In addition, cultural professionals often lack the knowledge, skills and confidence to use digital publishing opportunities to connect their collections with audiences and maximise public value.

This workshop will aim to address these gaps and using a mix of presentations, discussions and group activities will:

* combine strategic thinking with practical advice

* share best practice/proof of concept case studies

* explore audience needs – both creative industries/publishers and end users

* address barriers, both perceived and actual, that collection holders may feel are preventing them from being more open

* equip attendees with the evidence and confidence to advocate for an open approach to content sharing once back in their institutions

* explain the new Europeana Publishing Framework and its benefits.