Winter was giving its early welcome to almost 500 attendees to Germany's major GLAM conference Shaping access in Berlin. Most attendees of this conference work in GLAM institutions. They want to learn more on the potencials of colaborating with internet-players like Wikimedia but also Europeana or simple the net community altogether. The two day program included panels on the international copyright debate, the status quo of digitization both in the film sector, for Jewish culture goods and on the challenges of multi language thesaurii. Wikimedia Deutschland as one partner among twele that held the conference, stood for the part Cultural heritage 3.0. Liam Wyatt spoke about his urge for more cooperation though the long way we have come already. Roger Jøsevold explained us the Scandinavian solution: Focus on the practical solutions to make content more accessible. And in the evening below the fascinating bones of a long dead dinosaur we had al lively work show on international projects how digitized cultural heritage can inspire new creations.
Resuming: Yes, we had some progress but there is still much hesitation inside the institutions. The legal frames are still not changed, and money is always an issue but what if we start with things we can do? Initiatives like the GLAM Hackathaon Coding da Vinci are furthering a change of spirits. Let's find out more next year in Hamburg.