This coming Sunday 1st February will be the first day of Wikipedia Loves Art – which will run until the end of the month. The event will see cultural heritage institutions around the world open up their doors for the public to take pictures of items in their collections that have passed into the public domain. All photographs will be made available under an open license (most likely either CC-BY or CC-BY-SA) – and hence will be free to be added to relevant Wikipedia articles, to be used as illustrations, to be cut up with other images, to be used in films and animations, and so on!
Participating institutions include:
- Brooklyn Museum
- Art Gallery of New South Wales
- Carnegie Museum of Art
- The Film Society of Lincoln Center
- Honolulu Academy of Arts
- Houston Museum of Natural Science
- The Hunter Museum of American Art
- Indianapolis Museum of Art
- The Jewish Museum
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Museum of Modern Art
- New-York Historical Society
- Smithsonian American Art Museum
- Taft Museum of Art
- V&A (we’ll come along to this on Sunday!)
Many of the participating institutions are running competitions to see who (or which team) can snap as many items from a list as possible. Prizes include books, exhibition catalogues, tickets, memberships, subscriptions, t-shirts, MP3 players, and private after-dark tours. All images will be added to the Flickr group.
Its great to see public cultural heritage collections opening up their collections! We look forward to the photos being re-used in interesting ways. (For other collections of open images, see the images tag on CKAN.)
Dr. Jonathan Gray is Lecturer in Critical Infrastructure Studies at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, where he is currently writing a book on data worlds. He is also Cofounder of the Public Data Lab; and Research Associate at the Digital Methods Initiative (University of Amsterdam) and the médialab (Sciences Po, Paris). More about his work can be found at jonathangray.org and he tweets at @jwyg.