AvoinGLAM working group has been operating in Finland since 2012 opening up cultural heritage. In 2022, we will be supported by the Wikimedia Foundation in our activities.
We work globally as part of the international Open GLAM and GLAM-Wiki networks and other forums to advocate for Open Access to cultural heritage and the use of the open ecosystem to achieve that. We like to interpret GLAM as Global Languages, Art & Memory, with which we want to emphasize the importance of local contexts and heritage in the global networks. We arrange international programs in collaboration with the global GLAM networks, and facilitate the Finnish GLAM community in collaboration with Wikimedia Finland, Open Knowledge Finland, and Creative Commons Finland.
While AvoinGLAM is not a registered entity, Open Knowledge Finland operates as AvoinGLAM's fiscal sponsor. Susanna Ånäs moves from Wikimedia Finland to work part-time to manage AvoinGLAM activities.
AvoinGLAM community in Finland
AvoinGLAM meetings are arranged around once a month in the spring and in the autumn. They can be more informal meetings with a theme or bigger webinars in Finnish or in English for a more international audience. Subscribe to the calendar!
Case studies are a more focused way to engage with the Finnish GLAM community than open-ended meetings. To mobilize the network in Finland, we will start working directly with GLAM professionals and practitioners to draft lightweight activities that introduce them to Open GLAM practices. Contact us to get involved!
Public domain awareness in Finland
The new copyright legislation introduces the concept of the public domain into the Finnish legislation. AvoinGLAM organizes one of the webinars in collaboration with Finna to advocate the GLAM organizations about changes in their sharing practices.
In addition, we will produce a handout about the public domain in Finnish, English, Swedish and the three Saami languages in Finland, and make them available for translation in Wikimedia Meta.
Saami languages and culture
We wish to support initiatives that promote the visibility of the Northern, Inari and Skolt Sámi languages spoken in Finland and their culture on the Internet. We are interested in how Wikimedia projects Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia can facilitate language revitalization. At the same time, we want to learn about how indigenous peoples want and can protect their culture from exploitation and participate in establishing best practices in different parts of the internet.
Saami place names project adds all National Land Survey places with Saami place names to Wikidata. In collaboration with Wikimedia Norway we also produce lexemes for them.
The GLAM School project identifies learning materials related to Open Access to cultural heritage, various learning methods and model projects that the world is full of. We interview numerous actors from different sectors, think together about how to organize them into consistent, multilingual resources, and encourage creative and playful learning in the spirit of Hack4OpenGLAM. Do you want to be interviewed? Contact us!
Hack4OpenGLAM has already been held twice at the Creative Commons Global Summit. Planning for this year’s hackathon has not yet begun. Our goal is to learn and experiment across sectors as effectively as possible. We are encouraging students and researchers, GLAM professionals and history buffs, volunteers, open knowledge promoters and technology developers to join! Tell about your ideas!
In the Global Cine Club people from all over the world take turns to host a film screening and related extra program. Stay tuned, the first screening is tentatively agreed for February!
What's up at AvoinGLAM?
We are publishing a lightweight newsletter to collect and distribute information about interesting topics in GLAM. It is published in English and in Finnish. Subscribe to the newsletter!
Creative Commons Open GLAM platform has launched working groups to investigate burning topics in GLAM.
We participate in creating a glossary and a bibliography of GLAM related concepts and literature. This resonates well with the objectives of the GLAM school initiative. We promote using Wikidata in that work and try to ensure workflows that are compatible with how Wikipedias make use of bibliographic data.
The second working group we are participating in is focusing on practices around indigenous and folk materials.
The four other groups focus are Use and reuse cases of GLAM materials: impact assessment, Heritage materials from community-driven initiatives, Contemporary organisations archiving cultural and new media materials, and Public domain collections referenced by CC BY to designate collections holders.
AvoinGLAM organizes GLAM together, a workshop at Mozfest 7 March 2022 at 13:00–14:30 CET as part of the Digitizing Cultures & Languages space. Based on the discussions started at Hack4OpenGLAM, we are creating this workshop with 3 ignite talks and discussions that unearth different approaches to safeguard underrepresented, endangered and vulnerable cultural heritage. The goal is to come up with practical proposals for further work in the broad collaborative GLAM networks. Grab your Pay-What-You-Can-ticket!