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Remix public domain artworks: join the GIF IT UP 2017 competition

Open Knowledge International - October 11, 2017 in open culture, Open GLAM, OpenGLAM, public domain review

This blogpost has been adapted from the press release by Europeana. Open Knowledge International has for many years advocated for the importance of open cultural data, which enables citizens from across the world to enjoy this material, understand their cultural heritage and re-use this material to produce new works of art. Some examples of this work include the OpenGLAM initiative that promotes free and open access to digital cultural heritage held by Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums, and The Public Domain Review, an online journal and not-for-profit project dedicated to promoting and celebrating the public domain in all its abundance and variety. Another great initiative encouraging the reuse of openly licensed cultural data is the GIF IT UP competition, which is open for contributions this month. From 1-31 October, all GIF­makers, history nuts, cultural heritage enthusiasts and lovers of the internet are invited to take part in the fourth annual GIF IT UP competition. The competition encourages people to create new, fun and unique artworks from digitized cultural heritage material. A GIF is an image, video or text that has been digitally manipulated to become animated. Throughout the month, they can create and submit their own, using copyright-free digital video, images or text from Europeana CollectionsDigital Public Library of America (DPLA)Trove, or DigitalNZ. All entries help promote public domain and openly licensed collections to a wider audience, and increase the reuse of material from these four international digital libraries, including Europeana Collections. The contest is supported by GIPHY, the world’s largest library of animated GIFs. The 2017 competition will have a special focus on first-time GIF-makers and introduce them to openly licensed content. A GIF-making workshop, providing tools and tutorials to help visitors create their first artworks, will be held on 14-15 October in cooperation with THE ARTS+, the creative business festival at the Frankfurt Book Fair. One of this year’s contributions, via GIPHY The jury, made up of representatives from GIPHY, DailyArt and Public Domain Review, will be awarding one grand prize winner with an Electric Object – a digital photo frame especially for GIFs – sponsored by GIPHY. Prizes of online gift cards will go to three runners-up as well as winners in a first-time GIF-makers category. Special prizes will be allocated in thematic categories: transport, holidays, animals and Christmas cards. People are also invited to take part in the People’s Choice Award and vote on the competition website for their favourite GIF, which will receive a Giphoscope. All eligible entries will be showcased on the GIPHY channel dedicated to the competition, and promoted on social media with the hashtag #GIFITUP2017. GIF IT UP started in 2014 as an initiative by the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and DigitalNZ, and has since become a cultural highlight. 368 entries from 33 countries are featured on the GIF IT UP Tumblr. In 2016, the grand prize was awarded to ‘The State Caterpillar’, created by Kristen Carter and Jeff Gill from Los Angeles, California, using source material from the National Library of France via Europeana. Nono Burling, who got awarded the 2016 People’s Choice Award for ‘Butterflies’, said: “I adore animated GIFs made from historic materials and have for many years. The first contest in 2014 inspired me to make them myself, and every year I try to improve my skills.” Results of the 2017 competition will be announced in November on the GIF IT UP website and related social media.

OKFestival 2014 Stories: Open Culture at the 2014 Open Knowledge Festival

Guest - August 28, 2014 in Fringe events, OKFestival 2014 Stories, open culture, Programme, Sessions

This post by Meredith Holmgren, Principal Investigator & Project Manager – Intangible Cultural Heritage, originally appeared on the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage’s Talk Story blog. This year’s Open Knowledge Festival (OKFest) brought together over one thousand participants to share their work in transparency and open access to government data. Taking place July […]

Coding da Vinci – Der Kultur-Hackathon

Helene Hahn - March 26, 2014 in Deutschland, Featured, Kulturdaten, Offene Kultur, offenes Wissen, open culture, Open Knowledge Foundation, OpenGLAM

Kennt ihr gute Apps, Dienste oder Visualisierungen mit offenen Kulturdaten? Nein? Gemeinsam mit euch wollen wir das ändern und laden zu Coding da Vinci, dem ersten deutschen Kultur-Hackathon nach Berlin ein! Coding da Vinci möchte aus ganz Deutschland kulturbegeisterte Entwickler-, Designer- und Gamer/innen mit Kulturinstitutionen zusammenbringen, um gemeinsam nachhaltige Anwendungen, Visualisierungen und Apps mit offenen Kulturdaten zu entwickeln. Ziel ist es, das Potenzial der digitalen Kulturschätze aufzuzeigen und auch Daten im Kulturbereich offen zugänglich und nachnutzbar zu machen. Unter dem Motto “Let them play with your toys!” (Jo Pugh, National Archives UK) läuft der Kultur-Hackathon 10 Wochen, vom 26./27. April bis 5./6. Juli 2014. Alle Daten findet ihr demnächst ausführlich vorgestellt und zum Downloaden auf unserer Webseite. Damit ihr gut in Berlin ankommt, vergeben wir Stipendien für Reise und Unterkunft. Also einfach anmelden! Institutionen, die ihre Daten öffnen Berlinische Galerie I Ethnologisches Museum Berlin I Museum für Naturkunde Berlin I Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz I Stadtmuseum Berlin I Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin I Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte Berlin Über die API der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek stehen euch weitere Daten zur Verfügung. Für interessierte Institutionen bietet Coding da Vinci die Chance, einen neuen Blick auf den eigenen Bestand zu werfen und sich auch mit anderen Institutionen zu vernetzen. Coding da Vinci – Der Kultur-Hackathon ist ein Gemeinschaftprojekt von der Deutschen Digitalen Bibliothek, der Servicestelle Digitalisierung Berlin, der Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland und Wikimedia Deutschland.

Einladung zur Konferenz “Zugang gestalten! – Mehr Verantwortung für das kulturelle Erbe”

Helene Hahn - October 29, 2013 in Digitalisierung, Featured, Offene Kultur, Open Access, open culture, OpenGLAM, Termine

Wir möchten Euch herzlich zur 3. Internationalen Konferenz Zugang gestalten! – Mehr Verantwortung für das kulturelle Erbe”, am 28. und 29. November im Jüdischen Museum Berlin, einladen! Das zweitägige Programm beinhaltet internationale Beispiele kultureller Institutionen im Zeitalter der Digitalisierung, Diskussionen zum Thema Selbstverständnis, rechtliche Rahmenbedingungen und kulturpolitische Positionen. Zwei Tage lang werden Expertinnen und Experten aus Kultur, Wirtschaft, Zivilgesellschaft und Politik aktuelle Fragen des Zugangs zum kulturellen Erbe erörtern. Dazu präsentieren Vertreterinnen und Vertreter kultureller Institutionen neue Sichtweisen und innovative Projekte. Das ausführliche Programm und die Speaker findet Ihr hier.
Wo: Glashaus, im Jüdisches Museum Berlin
Lindenstraße 9 – 14, 10969 Berlin
Wann: 28.und 29. November 2013, ab 10.00 Uhr

Gern möchten wir gemeinsam mit Euch über die mit der Digitalisierung zusammenhängenden Chancen und Veränderungen für Kultur und kulturelle Institutionen diskutieren.
Entnehmt weitere Informationen unserem Flyer (Download: Flyer_Konferenz Zugang Gestalten!), dem Programm (Download: Programm_Konferenz Zugang gestalten!) oder meldet Euch direkt an. Wir freuen uns über Eure Teilnahme!

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OKCon 2013 Guest Post: Re:Public Domain Remix + Walk – Workshop

okconguest - September 2, 2013 in Geneva, Invited Speakers, OKCon, OKCon 2013, open culture, Open Knowledge Foundation, Robert Musil

The ninth in our series guest post by OKCon 2013 speakers is by Primavera De Filippi, Mario Purkathofer and Daniel Boos. They will be holding the satelite event ‘Re:Public Domain Remix + Walk’, part of the Open Culture programme, on Thursday 19 September, 10:00 – 18:00 @ KulturBüro, Rue de Berne 63, 1201 Genève.
The Re:Public Domain Remix is an event run by Dock18, the Open Knowledge Foundation France, Wikimedia (France & Switzerland) and Migros Kulturprozent aimed at encouraging people to remix public domain works in a creative way. In France a Public Domain Remix partnership challenge was started specifically seeking to promote the use and reuse of public domain works through an interdisciplinary and transmedial approach: rather than following the same medium, we encourage people to shift from one medium to the other (e.g. remixing a literary work into music, a photograph into a sculpture, etc). In Switzerland four Re:Public Domain events will explore the use of public domain works based on tools (eg. serigraphy, 3d printing, apps) build by artists. Overall the goal of all this activities is to promote the public domain by showing what can actually be done with it. 10:00 -13:00 @ Kulturbüro
Invited artists will act as mediator between the artworks and the public, who will be invited to remix these works. Each artist will be responsible for coordinating actions within its own stream or category, encouraging people to remix the works in front of them in new and creative ways. Each artist will be in charge of answering questions and sharing their own skills (e.g. explaining which kind of tools can be used to remix these works, and teaching people how to actually use those tools).
  • Serigraphy by So:ren Berner, Public can print their own t-shirt with Public Domain Materials. Bring your T-Shirts!
  • Track Raid mit Ableton User Group, Sound Remixing with Public Domain Materials. Bring your own laptops with Ableton Live
  • 3d Printer with Fablab Zürich, the sculpture “Neue Badende” will be printed in different colors on a 3D-Printer.
  • App by Christoph Stähli, a mobile audio application to remix Public Domain materials. Bring your mobile phones!
The public will be responsible for bringing joy and creativity. Participants will be invited to either work individually on one work or to collaborate towards the creation of a larger multimedia works. 15:00 -18:00 Monte Salève
robert-musil-der-mann-ohne-eigenschaftenWalk & Book Presentation
Meeting 15:00 at Kulturbüro Geneve
In the afternoon, we will do a walk to the woods of Mont Saleve, where we present the new book by D18 Edition & Typolibre. Reading some fragments, doing field records, presenting some remixes on the wild side together with 15000 fragments by Robert Musil. His unfinished novel The Man Without Qualities is generally considered to be one of the most important modernist novels. However, the novel has not been widely read both because of its delayed publication and intricate, lengthy plot. Musil died on April 14th 1942 in Geneva.
Martha (his wife) wrote to Franz Theodor Csokor that taking off his clothes in the bathroom, maybe when doing gymnastics or just making a hefty movement, he had been hit by a stroke and, when she found him a few minutes later, did not look dead at all but so alive with some mockery and astonishment on his face. He was 61 years old and only eight people were present at his cremation. Martha cast his ashes into the woods of Mont Salève. Musil’s works entered the public domain on January 1st, 2013. Bureau Culture Geneve Monte Salève
Primavera De Filippi
Primavera De Filippi is a researcher at the CERSA / CNRS / Université Paris II. She is currently a research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard, where is investigating the concept of “governance by design” as it relates to cloud computing and peer-to-peer technologies. Primavera holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, where she explored the legal challenges of copyright law in the digital environment. Primavera is an administrator of the Communia association for the public domain, a coordinator at the Open Knowldege Foundation and legal expert for Creative Commons in France. She is also the co-founder of an artistic collective that produces interactive (digital and mechanical) works released under open licenses. Mario Purkathofer
Living in Zurich in gaps since 1998 (Residence Status C). Studied sculpting, sociology, e-business, German philology, and new media at the ZHDK from 1998–2003. Graduated 2003 in Zurich. Founded the Dock18 Space for Media Cultures of the World in 2005, and has been in charge of Dock18 since then. In his free time he teaches computer science at the free catholic school in Zurich, and supervises the project work. Other than that he does freelance work in the areas of project consultancy and innovation management. He developed the project Public Domain together with Daniel Boos, with continuous events since 2008. Daniel Boos
Daniel Boos lives in Zurich and works in Bern or Zurich. He is active in Digitale Allmend, where he was a member of the board until early 2012. Together with Dock18 he organized the Public Domain Jam. His particular interest is in the question of how works in the public domain can be creatively acquired and used again. He is interested in, and was active in the context of different network policy initiatives. These included groups such as communia,, Creative Commons Switzerland, SIUG. This concerned, among others, topics such as copyright, camera surveillance and the ironic presentation of prizes to surveillance operators. Daniel Boos is a social scientist and has a PHD from the ETH Zurich.

Wikipedians in Residence: Two Years of Open Culture

Sam Leon - January 27, 2012 in glamwiki, open culture, Open GLAM, open heritage

The following guest post is by Lori Byrd Phillips 2012 US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator for the Wikimedia Foundation. She was the second person to become a Wikipedian in Residence, and has served in that role at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for the past year and a half, where she is now also part time staff. It is cross-posted from

Wikipedians in Residence from left to right: Liam Wyatt, British Museum; Lori Phillips, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis; Benoît Evellin, Wikimédien en résidence au Château de Versailles; Sarah Stierch, The Smithsonian Institution. Photo by Andrew Lih (cc-by-sa 3.0).

It was just under two years ago when Liam Wyatt proposed a concept that seemed so bold, it required the British Museum to run a risk assessment before they’d agree to it. Liam suggested that he serve as the “Wikipedian in Residence,” a role that would allow him to put into practice the idea that cultural institutions should share their knowledge with Wikipedia. Thankfully, the British Museum agreed. That basic premise has turned into a global movement known as GLAM-WIKI (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums). Today, the GLAM-WIKI community is made up of Wikimedians from around the world who work to establish models and best practices that help cultural institutions share their resources with Wikimedia. Prior to Liam’s residency in June 2010, cultural institutions had donated images to Wikimedia Commons, but there had not yet been an institution that committed to establishing a relationship with the Wikimedia community. The concept of building a mutually beneficial cooperation is at the heart of the Wikipedian in Residence scheme. The main role of a resident is to serve as a liaison between the museum and Wikipedia. Projects still include image donations, but now more often focus on staff workshops, outreach events (such as “Backstage Passes”) to connect with local Wikipedians, and on-site events (such as “Edit-a-Thons”) that help get cultural content out of the filing cabinets and into Wikipedia. Following the British Museum, the Wikipedian in Residence trend began to spread. My residency at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis began in August 2010, followed in early 2011 with the Château de Versailles, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, and the Museu Picasso. By May 2011, two more major institutions joined in: the US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art. In July 2011, Daniel Mietchen became the Wikimedian in Residence on Open Science. Working with the Open Knowledge Foundation, this was the first residency to adapt the GLAM model to open science — an exciting advancement of the Wikipedian in Residence concept! Even more residencies began in late 2011, including the Israel Museum, and many are in the works for 2012 and beyond. I’ve enjoyed watching the evolution of the Wikipedian in Residence concept as it has been implemented in different institutions. Each residency has shown its own strength. At the Derby Museum, Roger Bamkin followed through on an idea to improve the multilingual capabilities of QR codes in exhibits. What resulted was QRpedia, a QR code-generating website that detects the language of the user’s phone and links to the Wikipedia article in that language. QRpedia has now been implemented in museums in the US and Europe and has been nominated for a Smart UK award. Dominic McDevitt-Parks, the Wikipedian in Residence at the NARA, has broken new ground in facilitating the digitization and transcription of primary source materials through Wikisource and Wikimedia Commons. NARA’s cooperation with Wikipedia has been strongly incorporated into their broad strategy of increasing digital accessibility to their holdings and has proven to be a point of pride for the Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero. The concept of the Wikipedian in Residence has come a long way since the British Museum’s big gamble. Now, those who have served as Wikipedians in Residence travel the world presenting projects to increasingly enthusiastic cultural professionals. In April, four residents will come together from three countries to present at the American Association of Museums, the largest and most significant museum conference in the US. I can’t wait to see what incredible residencies and cooperations are around the next corner. For additional information about Wikipedians in Residence, see the information page on GLAM Outreach or the GLAM Infographic.