Discussion panel "ABC of Free Knowledge" on copyright negotiations in Brussels
On Mai 8, Julia Reda, member of the european pirates, Elisabeth Kotthaus, representative of the European Commission in Germany, Joe McNamee, director of European Digital Rights and Dimitar Dimitrov, Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU discussed the latest copyright negotiations in Brussels at WMDEs cultural discussion panel "Das ABC des Freien Wissens". The outcomes of the negotiations will have an impact on the engagement of GLAM volunteers (freedom of panorama, e.d.) as well as on GLAM work in general. One of the conclusions was that the representation of interests concerning free knowledge towards the European Commission needs more support by engaged people like the Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU. The next event on June 25 asks, how participative Open Culture really is. Tim Renner, Berlins Minister of State for Culture will be one of the participants.
Change your mind - an activating workshop on free licenses
Have You ever talked to GLAMs about licensing their content? Sure You did, if you are a GLAM activist. And did you ever see the lost desperation in their eyes confused by that many options and barriers? We saw a lot of it and decided to look for a new approach. Together with the German Digital Library we developed the activating workshop "change your mind". It focuses on three options. Either the object is public domain, or you choose an open Creative Commons license (CC BY or CC BY-SA), and if none of these are possible, then put this object aside and focus on the next one. The participants get an introduction to licenses (see presentation), and then, they are invited to take part in a role play. Everyone gets a mumble. White is the promoter of free licenses, black its opponent, and the colored mumble indicates the moderator. In small groups, they then discuss the provided samples and present their results in the third part to the broader audience. This helps to empower the participants to actually apply their knowledge and get more familiar with licenses. In the future, they will find it easier to opt for free licensing when they have the chance. The workshop was run the first time at the Jewish Museum in Berlin in May. In the beginning of June, we held the workshop to 36 GLAM attendees of the conference "We are museums"; for further information in German, please read the blogpost.
We all face the challenge that our work is evaluated and measured. And we like it ourselves if we are able to say what we do is use- and meaningful. How do we define success? Is it that an event took place, is it the number of participants, the number of bytes uploaded to a Wikimedia projects? How about trying to convince GLAM institutions to become part of the Wikiverse as active community members? Many steps to go. How do we measure the results? Which are the tools and meters? In the last month, we have been thinking a lot on what we do in the GLAM field and how we measure the results. Please comment on our thoughts.
presentation in English