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openGLAM launch!

220px-South_Hall--UC_Berkeley--PanoramicWas THRILLED to be among the lucky folks were gathered together in Berkeley this Spring for the US OpenGLAM Launch.  This landmark event, sponsored by the OCLCWikimedia Foundation, and the Open Knowledge Foundation, took place in hallowed, South Hall, at UC Berkeley’s School of Information…a most perfect venue. The event brought together 20 US based, cultural knowledge agents to learn the principles of OpenGLAM and to become “confident advocates” for OpenGLAM initiatives and programs, including GLAM-Wiki. This event was followed up with a similar launch in London.


Our event was planned and hosted by open culture advocate and museumist, Sarah Stierch (Wikimedia Foundation), along with her esteemed colleagues, Merrilee Proffitt (OCLC), Jessical Coates (Creative Commons), Jonathan Gray (Open Knowledge Foundation). Together they created a most fertile platform for this exchange of knowledge and expertise.

Our inaugural class of US OpenGLAMbassadors, Class of 2013 include: Georgina Goodlander, Smithsonian, Jim Kuhn, Folger Shakespeare Library, Shawn Mummert, Cincinnati Museum Center, Neal Stiler, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sarah Sherman, Getty Research Institute, David Farneth, Getty Research Institute, Thea Linquist, University of Colorado, Boulder, Rachel Wright, 1000 Museums, Holley Long, University of Colorado, Boulder, Marc Weber, Computer History Museum, Internet History Program, Lauren Boegn, Alder Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, Ed Rodley, Peabody Essex Museum, Jon Voss, Historypin/LODLAM, Kevin Gorman, University of California, Berkeley, Genevieve Tremblay (University of Washington, Emerging Curator Initiative), Bettina Cousineau, Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum. (see photo).

OpenGLAMbassadors, Inaugural Class of 2013 , UC Berkeley, ISchool

2013 OpenGLAMbassadors, UC Berkeley

Since the US launch in Berkeley, several of our freshly minted GLAMbassadors, Georgina Goodlander, Ed Rodley and Rachel Wright, have given presentation at several National Museum onferences on OpenGLAM to further advocate for open cultural initiatives. They are the first of many events here and abroad that are further engaging GLAM professionals and community members.

Fellow Glambassador, Rachel Wright, and I are now currently meeting with cultural and memory organization leaders based in the Pacific NW this summer to invite participation, collaboration and engagement in local/regional OpenGLAM initiatives. We are developing workshop events, engagement tools and a web-based resource to share all of the inspiring OpenGLAM models and initiatives happening around the world. If you are interested in learning more about OpenGLAM, STAY TUNED… We’ll be launching our OpenGLAMbassador site…within a few weeks.

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