Papers: How do we open online collections?

Friday, April 05, 2019: 9:00am - 10:30am
Independence East West

Chair: Manish Engineer

Museum Collections on Wikipedia: Opening Up to Open Data Initiatives
- Elena Villaespesa, Pratt Institute, USA
In this paper, we identify paintings in Wikidata and analyze their usage in the English Wikipedia to find substantial impact. Our results provide evidence that publication of collections as open data facilitate an increase in views, enriched data, automatic translation, and magnified visibility. We find that the usage of paintings and views present a long-tail structure with an underrepresentation of contemporary paintings. Collaborations between museums and Wikimedia yield increased impact, yet projects are unsustainable. We propose an adjusted workflow to accommodate for Wikimedia projects and amplify the impact of opening museum collections data.

Searching, Browsing, and Filtering Open Access Content in Digital Collections
- Kelly Fitzpatrick, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University, USA
This lightning talk will present Searching, Browsing, and Filtering Open Access Content in Digital Collections, published as part of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Medium Collection in August 2018. This presentation will share current practices for highlighting open access content through search, browse, and filter tools in GLAM (Gallery, Library, Archive, and Museum) digital collections.

Where Are The Edit and Upload Buttons? Dynamic Futures for Museum Collections Online.
- Neal Stimler, Balboa Park Online Collaborative, USA, Louise Rawlinson, Cogapp, UK
Museum collections offer the potential to be the foundations for a rich participatory ecosystem, in which experts and enthusiasts work together to produce knowledge and understanding. That potential has yet to be exploited. Collections instead continue to be presented as “online card catalogs,” even as the rest of the web has transitioned towards participation as an expected norm. Our online collections are more vibrant than ever (better data, better images, more multimedia), but where are the edit and upload buttons?