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.