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Episode 13: Open Culture VOICES – Melissa Terras

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Welcome to episode 13 of Open Culture VOICES! VOICES is a vlog series of short interviews with open GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) experts from around the world. The Open Culture Program at Creative Commons aims to promote better sharing of cultural heritage in GLAMs collections. With Open Culture VOICES, we’re thrilled to bring you various perspectives from dozens of experts speaking in many different languages on what it’s like to open up heritage content online. In this episode, we’re joined by Melissa Terras, a leading international figure in the field of Digital Humanities. Since 2017, she has been Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage at the University of Edinburgh, and director of its Centre for Digital Scholarship. Her research focuses on the digitization of cultural heritage, including its technologies, procedures, and impact, and how this intersects with internet technologies.  She is a Turing Institute Fellow 2018-2022. 

Melissa responds to the following questions: 

  1. What are the main benefits of open GLAM?
  2. What are the barriers?
  3. Could you share something someone else told you that opened up your eyes and mind about open GLAM?
  4. Do you have a personal message to those hesitating to open up collections?

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Episodes will be released twice a week until June 2022. Missed episode 12 of our Open Culture VOICES series? Catch up here >>

Posted 17 March 2022