The AthenaPlus project partner the Livrustkammaren och Skoklosters slott med Stiftelsen Hallwylska museet (LSH museums) in Sweden recently teamed up with a Europeana research group that investigated how museums working on small budgets can succeed in making their collections visible to a large group of users from all over the world. Resulting from that case study is a publication “Making a big impact on a small budget. How the Livrustkammaren och Skoklosters slott med Stiftelsen Hallwylska museet (LSH) shared their collection with the world” by Joris Pekel. The paper investigates how the LSH museums have worked with their digital collection using limited resources.
The Livrustkammaren och Skoklosters slott med Stiftelsen Hallwylska museet is a state administrative authority consisting of three museums. Altogether, the institutions have about 50 people on their staff and a limited amount of resources for digitisation, marketing and copyright clearance at their disposal. Round about 300.000 people visit the museums per year. However, their digital collection is shared all over the world and receives millions of views. This was achieved when the museums, in 2013, started the Open Image Archive project aiming at cleaning up their database, improving the metadata, and publishing their digital content with as few restrictions as possible. Everybody is now able to see, download, share, edit and remix the out of copyright and openly licensed images.
With this publication – exploring not only the preparation process, decisions taken in the course of the project, as well as results and outcomes, but also taking a closer look at some of the copyright issues – Europeana hopes to provide a useful example for smaller and mid-size cultural heritage institutions wishing to open up their collections.
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