OpenGLAM is supported by a global network of people and organisations who are working to open up content and data held by GLAM institutions.

We run workshops and provide documentation for cultural institutions wanting to open up their data and content as well as organising events bringing together groups that are committed to building an open cultural commons.


This is a calendar of global events relevant to the OpenGLAM network. It includes hackathons, code sprints, conferences and meet-ups that relate to opening up cultural heritage. Open GLAM Calendar
March  2015
Events on March 2, 2015
  • NMC On the Horizon > Open Licensing: What It Is, Why Do It

    Starts: March 2, 2015

    Ends: March 2, 2015

    Location: online

Events on March 9, 2015
  • Jisc Digital Festival

    Starts: March 9, 2015

    Ends: March 11, 2015

    Location: Birmingham, West Midlands, UK

  • Early English Books Hackfest

    Starts: March 9, 2015

    Ends: March 9, 2015

    Location: Oxford, Oxford, UK

Events on March 25, 2015
  • Digikult 2015

    Starts: March 25, 2015

    Ends: March 27, 2015

    Location: Gothenburg, Sweden

Events on March 29, 2015
  • 8th International Workshop on Personalized Access to Cultural Heritage (PATCH 2015)

    Starts: March 29, 2015

    Ends: April 2, 2015

    Location: Atlanta, GA, USA


Detail from a manuscript page showing an astrological chart in the form of a face.

Each month, in our “Curator’s Choice” series, we feature a guest article from a curator on a group of works in one of their openly licensed digital collections.

Curator’s Choice #19: Michael J. North, Head of Rare Books and Early Manuscripts in National Library of Medicine‘s History of Medicine Division, takes a look at one the highlights of the Library’s Turning the Pages project, a Mongolian manuscript concerned with interpreting the heavens. Read on

From our Blog

First Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon

The First Swiss Open Cultural Data Hackathon which took place on 27 / 28 February 2015 at the Swiss National Library in Bern was a great success: Some 100 software developers, artists, designers, researchers, Wikipedians and members of the heritage sector gathered to re-use more than 30 open data sets. The data and content provided […]

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OpenGLAM-related events: March/April highlights

On the OpenGLAM homepage, we maintain a calendar of events to notify everyone in our network of relevant events related to opening up cultural heritage. This post highlights events taking place in March and April: if you know of an event that should be in our calendar, please notify us by adding it here! 5 March: Webinar […]

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Rijksstudio Award 2015

The Dutch Rijksmuseum is one of the pioneers when it comes to sharing open cultural heritage data online. Since 2011, they have been releasing high-quality images of the artworks in their collection (including famous paintings by Rembrandt and Vermeer) through Rijksstudio: currently there are 200.000 works available that users can share, download and reuse to make […]

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UN recommends open licensing for promoting cultural participation

In a recent United Nations report ‘Copyright policy and the right to science and culture’, the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaheed, encourages the use of open licenses for the promotion of cultural and scientific participation. The report discusses copyright law and policy in relation to the human right to science and culture […]

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