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Episode 27: Open Culture VOICES – Simon Tanner

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Welcome to episode 27 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, Simon Tanner, Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage at King’s College London, joins us to share his insights on open GLAM. Simon is a digital humanities scholar with a broad interest in cross-disciplinary thinking and collaborative approaches that reflect a fascination with interactions between memory institution collections (libraries, museums, archives, media and publishing) and the digital domain. As an information professional, consultant, digitization expert and academic, he helps major cultural institutions across the world transform their impact, collections and online presence. 

Simon 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. Want to watch more episodes of our Open Culture VOICES series? Catch up here >>

Posted 06 May 2022