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Episode 24: Open Culture VOICES – George Oates

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Welcome to episode 24 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 hear from George Oates, Executive Director of the Flickr Foundation. George is an Australian-born designer and entrepreneur best known for being the first designer of the photo sharing website Flickr and for creating the Flickr Commons program. She’s been working in the cultural heritage sector since 2007, and is increasingly seen as a go-to expert on digital archives.

George 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 23 of our Open Culture VOICES series? Catch up here >>

Posted 21 April 2022