Friday lunchtime lecture: Opening the cultural archives

Friday 20 May 2016, 1:00pm - 1:00pm

Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London EC2A 4JE

Friday lunchtime lectures are for everyone and are free to attend. You bring your lunch, we provide tea and coffee, an interesting talk, and enough time to get back to your desk.


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The cultural sector is one of the UK’s strongest assets. It encompasses world-leading broadcasters and some of the best museums and art galleries globally; their collections contain objects that are as important as anything in any other collection in the world.

Most institutions are looking hard at how they open up access to these collections, but in an environment where nearly every public sector institution is facing substantial funding challenges are they getting enough support? Richard Leeming talks about the work of the Research and Education Space and suggests that open data could transform the galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) sector.

Access the slides here.

About Richard Leeming

Richard is the external relationship manager at the Research and Education Space, a three-way partnership between the BBC, Jisc and the British Universities Film and Video Council (BUFVC). He is building a Linked Open Data platform which will power better learning experiences and make it easier and more efficient for collection holders to enable access to their precious assets.