Day 1 – Monday 7 December Track 2: Stand up for yourself!
Open GLAM Benchmark Survey: results of qualitative and quantitative research in Poland
Aleksandra Janus is an Open GLAM specialist at Centrum Cyfrowe, PhD candidate at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, a researcher and activist. She is especially interested in the politics of heritage and the potential of re-use of open heritage resources. She is involved in numerous initiatives promoting openness and participatory models of work in the GLAM sector. Member of the Open GLAM Benchmark Survey team and one of the authors of a report on Polish part of the project. She was a speaker at i.a.: the MuseumNEXT conference (Barcelona 2012), Inclusive Museum Conference (Los Angeles 2014) and annual conferences of ICOM Comcol (Berlin 2011, Cape Town 2012).
The OpenGLAM Benchmark Survey is an online survey that is conducted among heritage institutions throughout the world during 2014/2015 (see: http://bit.ly/1LcfM3C). It is carried out in a collaborative effort of national chapters of the Open Knowledge Foundation, by Wikimedia chapters, NGOs, heritage institutions, and research institutions. It was inspired by a pilot survey carried out among Swiss heritage institutions by the Bern University of Applied Sciences in fall 2012. In 2014 Centrum Cyfrowe took part in this process by conducting a research project consisting of quantitative study combined with qualitative research within Polish GLAM sector. The final report of the study is accessible online in Polish and its results became an important point of reference for the institutions and organisations dealing with openness in cultural sector in Poland. The study helped to identify main barriers and obstacles regarding introduction of openness in Polish museums, galleries and archives, what is crucial for developing training and support programmes for local heritage professionals. The poster session will sum up all the results of the Polish study, highlight the most important conclusions and create space for discussion on how might we – as international community of experts – address these issues, which we believe are universal for all GLAM sector around the world.