Following on from our Open GLAM workshop in London, in a few weeks we’re hosting a half day workshop in Berlin looking at how to overcome barriers to opening up data in the cultural heritage sector entitled Rechtliche Fragen beim Öffnen von (Meta-) Daten Gedächtnisinstitutionen (Legal Questions Regarding (Meta)data in Cultural Heritage Institutions).

We have already confirmed speakers from the Wikimedia Foundation, Creative Commons, Europeana, the Staatsbibliothek, and other cultural heritage institutions.


If you’re interested in participating, please send an email to: joris.pekel [at] or register right now.


Staatsbibliothek Berlin, DE


20th April 2011 13:00 – 17:00


Galleries, libraries, archives and museums around the world are opening up datasets, documents and other digital assets to enable the creation of innovative web and mobile services.

This half day, hands-on workshop aims to help decision makers in the cultural heritage sector to navigate the plethora of licensing options for opening up their data and what it means for their business models. The workshop will include:

  • Case studies on successful open data initiatives presented by leading practitioners
  • An open data licensing clinic with lawyers and legal experts, to address issues and questions about common licensing frameworks


  • Daniel Dietrich (OKFN) will open the workshop with a word of welcome and facilitate the rest of the day. He will start the day with an overview of the current situation and why it can be beneficial for institutions to open up and share their data
  • Dr. Jutta Weber (Staatsbibliothek Berlin) will give a presentation about the experiences the Staatsbibliothek has with releasing data under an open license
  • Dr. Paul Klimpel gives a presentation about the legal possibilities when institutions open up their cultural (meta)data
  • Mathias Schindler (Wikimedia) gives an overview of the work Wikimedia has been doing in this area, showcases and examples, as well as where they stand now and future developments
  • John Hendrik Weitzmann (CC) gives an overview of the different licensing models related to opening up data
  • Paul Keller (Europeana) presents the work Europeana is doing and what it means for cultural institutions to join and openly license their metadata
  • We will end the session with a round table discussion

The workshop is organised by Joris Pekel as part of the Open GLAM initiative in association with the Open Knowledge Foundation and in cooperation with Wikimedia DE and Creative Commons. The event is kindly hosted by the Staatsbibliothek Berlin. Please note that all presentations will be in German.