Join the NMC and Media & Technology, a Professional Network of the American Alliance of Museums on Thursday, March 5th at 11am PT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET (check for local time). This one-hour session will be held in the Google+ On Air platform and broadcasted live on YouTube. Participation is free for all attendees.

Interested in how you can open up your cultural institution collections for the public good?
In this one-hour roundtable discussion via Google+ Hangout On Air, a panel of experts will explore the variety of ways that cultural institutions such as galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs) can apply open licensing to their collections, as well as how this type of licensing benefits both institutions and their audiences.The conversation will also introduce attendees to open licensing models and will articulate the potential benefits and challenges for implementing open licensing at institutions of all sizes. Digital Strategist Michael Edson of the Smithsonian Institution and Open Knowledge Foundation will moderate the discussion.

How Will I Benefit?
By participating in this program, attendees will be better able to:

– Explore open licensing as a concept in current GLAM practice, including its benefits and challenges for serving missions and audiences.

– Be familiar with the range of ways open licensing can be implemented and the kinds of resources required for implementation.

– Begin or continue steps towards enabling open licensing for their institution’s collections or aspects of their collections.

– Build a professional network for pursuing open licensing.

Who Should Attend?
Collection managers, curators, technologists and any GLAM staff wanting to familiarize themselves with the topic of open licensing in the field and/or interested in exploring the potential of open licensing for their institution.

Meet the Panel:

Michael EdsonPanel Moderator: Michael Edson, digital strategist and open content advocate, Smithsonian Institution, Council on Library and Information Resources, Open Knowledge Foundation

Michael Edson is a strategist and thought leader at the forefront of digital transformation in the cultural sector. He has worked on numerous award-winning projects and has been involved in practically every aspect of technology and new media in museums including the development of the Smithsonian’s first Web and New Media Strategy; the Smithsonian’s first blog, Eye Level; and the first alternative reality game to take place in a museum, Ghosts of a Chance. Michael is a Presidential Distinguished Fellow at the Council on Libraries and Information Resources (USA), and he serves on the Open Knowledge Foundation’s OpenGLAM advisory board. Michael was a member of the National Endowment for the Arts “Art Works” task force, which mapped the relationship between the arts and the quality of life in American communities; he is an O’Reilly Foo Camp alumni; and he was named a “Tech Titan: person to watch” by Washingtonian magazine.

PeterDPeter Dueker, head of digital imaging services, National Gallery of Art

Peter has worked at the National Gallery since 2005. He manages the preservation and distribution of digital assets – including NGA Images, the Gallery’s website for open access collection images. He received his MFA from Claremont Graduate University and is an adjunct lecturer in photography at the Catholic University of America.



RobLancefieldRob Lancefield, Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

Rob leads digital work at the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan
University, where he developed and implemented the DAC Open Access Images policy in 2012. Building on over 30 years of engagement with technology and the arts, his interests include digital strategy and open content sharing. A former president of the Museum Computer Network (MCN), the organization for museum information professionals, he represents MCN on the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Council of Affiliates. Rob serves on program committees for MCN and Museums & the Web, served on recent Advisory Boards for the NMC Horizon Report: Museum Edition (2011-2013), and is a co-founding member of ImageMuse, a group which now connects more than 400 imaging professionals from cultural heritage institutions worldwide. He holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology.

DianePetersDiane Peters, general counsel, Creative Commons

Diane has served as the General Counsel of Creative Commons since May 2008. She leads the development, drafting, and legal stewardship of CC’s open licenses and public domain tools, and oversees the organization’s legal projects, strategy, and affairs around the world. She also provides strategic input and support for CC’s work with GLAM institutions, as well as in the areas of education, science, government, and public sector information. While at CC, Diane led development of the CC0 Public Domain Dedication and the Public Domain Mark. She also spearheaded the development and drafting of version 4.0 of the CC license suite, published in 2013. Prior to joining Creative Commons, Diane served as General Counsel of OSDL (now the Linux Foundation), and as counsel to Mozilla. Diane serves on the board of directors of the Software Freedom Law Center and is the recent recipient of the State Bar of California’s 2014 Vanguard Award for Public Policy. She can be contacted at


Photo by Matthew (WMF); derivative work: Crisco 1492 (This file was derived from: Sarah_Stierch-7.jpg) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sarah Stierch, museumist


Sarah Stierch is a museumist, currently unaffiliated with a specific organization. Her passion lies in developing methods, outreach, and engagement around open access to cultural heritage data and improved accessibility to these materials for the public. She has worked with international non-profits in the culture and digital sector, including serving as Wikipedian in Residence at the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress.


Free Registration
This program is free, but registration is mandatory.

About Media & Technology
The Media & Technology (M&T) Professional Network represents museum professionals and others who use technology to serve the field in a broad array of areas, including production of media resources for interpretation to defining standards, building databases, and creation and support of growing technologies that museums use to further their missions. The network strives to identify, access and advocate for a variety of uses for media and technology that help museum professionals meet the needs of their diverse publics.

About New Media Consortium
The NMC On the Horizon series reflects the research and work of the NMC Horizon Project in action. International panels of experts are convened across all education sectors to address the emerging technologies poised to significantly impact teaching and learning.

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