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Saturday, November 7 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Let's Talk about Open Images and Your Museum

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Sponsored by the Intellectual Property SIG and Digital Media SIG

How can you lead your museum to offer truly open access images of collection objects in the public domain? Sharing open images enables people to make new kinds of meaning from museum collections by freely using images as accurate representations of physical objects, or digital raw material to be transformed, or some creative mixture of both. This participatory session is for you if you want to open up your museum’s images, or you already have, or you’re just plain interested in open content. Please bring a question on the topic so you’ll be ready if we ask you!

We’ll play with MCN’s new 60-minute format by having super-brief presentations and then a longer conversation with everyone. After a brief introduction to the topic by Rob Lancefield, each panelist will speak for one or two minutes on how we led our museum to open up images—with a close focus on the “how,” especially in regard to cultivating institutional buy-in. We’ll speak in order of public launch of truly open images at our museums: the Yale Center for British Art (2011), National Gallery of Denmark (2011), National Gallery of Art (2012), Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University (2012), J. Paul Getty Museum (2013), and Indianapolis Museum of Art (2015). Most of our time will then be an open conversation driven by your questions, obstacles, and dilemmas. We’ll tap the panel’s experience while keeping the focus on your concerns and how you might resolve them. This will build on recent discussions of open images, while not presupposing knowledge of them. Please join us, join the conversation, and lead your museum to join the move toward open images.

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Gray Bowman

Lead Software Architect, Indianapolis Museum of Art
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Melissa Gold Fournier

Head of Imaging and Intellectual Property, Yale Center for British Art
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Rob Lancefield

Manager of Museum Information Services, Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University
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Alan Newman

Chief, Digital Media, National Gllery of Art
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Merete Sanderhoff

Curator / Senior adviser, SMK - Statens Museum for Kunst
My work at SMK - the national gallery of Denmark centers around opening up the digitised collections and inviting the public to build on our common heritage for learning, creativity and innovation. I’ve initiated the Sharing is Caring conferences to foster cross-sector dialogue... Read More →
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Stanley Smith

Head, Collection Information & Access, J. Paul Getty Museum

Saturday November 7, 2015 10:15am - 11:15am CST
Great Lakes A2 Hyatt Regency Minneapolis 1300 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55403

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