AvoinGLAM reboots OpenGLAM activities in Finland
AvoinGLAM has been a working group at Open Knowledge Finland since 2012. Starting from the beginning of 2021, the Wikimedia, Open Knowledge and Creative Commons chapters in Finland have joined forces to work on OpenGLAM. They will continue to use the name AvoinGLAM for their activities. The GLAM-Wiki team at Wikimedia Finland – Tove Ørsted, Kimberli Mäkäräinen, Kaj Arnö and Susanna Ånäs – have identified three main areas of interest for our GLAM-Wiki work.
- First, we would like to support GLAMs by helping them to learn how to take advantage of the open ecosystem, focusing on case studies and learning. We would like to work together with them to think of new ways to creatively use open cultural heritage. Furthermore, we are especially interested in addressing questions of knowledge equity.
- Secondly, cultural and linguistic diversity is very important to us. This not only includes engaging language communities to produce content or finding ways to assist language revitalization, but also learning how to approach sensitive traditional knowledge online and on Wikimedia projects.
- Third, we will promote open access to cultural heritage and help advance global efforts in our local activities.
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The first AvoinGLAM discussion: Cultural restitution in Benin
The AvoinGLAM activities kicked off with the first in a series of online discussions. This event on February 4 focused on Cultural Restitution in Benin, with Mahuton Possoupe and Fawaz Taïrou, Wikimédiens du Bénin, Heikki Kastemaa, Wikimedia Finland, Andrea Wallace, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Exeter, and Brigitte Vézina, Director of Policy at Creative Commons joining in.
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