ADA Copyright Forum 2023 satellite event

Benefits of Open GLAM

An ADA Copyright Forum 2023 online satellite event

Join Dr Andrea Wallace, Associate Professor in Law and Technology at the University of Exeter and Douglas McCarthy, Collections Engagement Manager, Europeana, in a discussion of the benefits of Open GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) collections and their findings from their ongoing Open GLAM survey project. The Open GLAM survey examines how GLAMs make open access data (including digital objects, metadata or text) available for re-use.


Dr Andrea Wallace

Associate Professor in Law and Technology, University of Exeter

An artist and lawyer by academic training, Dr Andrea Wallace (@AndeeWallace) is an Associate Professor in Law and Technology at the University of Exeter. Andrea is also co-director of the GLAM-E Lab and Deputy Director of the Centre for Science Culture and the Law at Exeter (SCuLE). Her research focuses on the intersections of art and cultural heritage law with the digital realm and digital heritage management. Her wider interdisciplinary interests consider the impact of digital technologies on the presentation, interpretation, and dissemination of cultural heritage and data. She frequently writes and presents on open culture and the impact of new rights claimed over digital surrogates of public domain works.

Douglas McCarthy

Collections Engagement Manager, Europeana

An art historian by academic training, Douglas McCarthy (@CultureDoug) has worked internationally in GLAM for over twenty years. He is a passionate advocate for open access to cultural heritage and his areas of expertise include digital collections management, copyright and licensing. Currently at Europeana, Douglas leads a team working with international museum and educational partners to showcase their collections and engage online audiences with cultural heritage and digital storytelling.

Douglas is also an independent researcher and author in the field of open access to cultural heritage. Since 2018, he has led an international survey of open access policy and practice in the GLAM sector with Dr Andrea Wallace. Douglas is also the Editor of the Medium publication Open GLAM that shares insights into open access and cultural heritage from a global perspective.


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