Research

MKG Collection Online: The potential of open museum collections

Type: Journal Article
Author
Antje Schmidt
Description
Looking at the example of the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG), this article outlines the potential of open access for digitised museum collections. It also examines the challenges of the open access policy and the wider implications of openness for the museum, other cultural heritage institutions and society.
Date
2018
Abstract
The abstract provided by the author(s) of this work is as follows: In October 2015 the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) launched the “MKG Collection Online”. The MKG is the first art museum in the German-speaking countries to open up its collections by establishing an open access policy. It offers digital images of objects that are already in the public domain and data of all of the published objects for unrestricted reuse in order to inspire creative processes, foster knowledge production and innovation and safeguard cultural heritage. Many museums are, however, struggling with this concept, even though it is recommended as best practice by the European Commission. Looking at the example of the MKG, the potential of open access for digitized museum collections will be outlined. Furthermore, the challenges of this open access policy and the wider implications of openness for the museum, other cultural heritage institutions and society will be discussed.
Publisher
Hamburger Journal für Kulturanthropologie
Institution
Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg
Carl von Ossietzky
Journal Title
Hamburger Journal für Kulturanthropologie
Volume
7
Pages (from-to)
25-39
Jurisdiction
Germany
Language
ENG
Copyright Information
In Copyright
Rights and Reuse
CC BY 4.0
Cortex Citation:
Antje Schmidt, “MKG Collection Online: The potential of open museum collections ,” Copyright Cortex, accessed May 24, 2020, https://copyrightcortex.org/research/mkg-collection-online-the-potential-of-open-museum-collections.