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Wikipedia, open archives and the value of free knowledge

Over the past decade, many museums and cultural centres have worked to make their contents more open and accessible. Collections and archives have become more open thanks to technical improvements, user needs and Wikipedia having become a global benchmark in sharing culture and education. Here is a list of the first debates at the CCCB on this issue, as well as articles and interviews with experts who have shared their views on the importance and value of free knowledge.

The New Rosetta Stone

Alex Hinojo

With more than fifteen million items compiled in the space of just three years, Wikidata is set to become the main open data repository worldwide. The eagerly awaited promise of linked open data seems […]

Mal de archivo

Soy Cámara online

“Mal de Archivo” is a programme on the challenges, milestones and chasms arising from the ‘Great Archive’, the easy and essentially limitless access to information we enjoy today. Some talk about anarchive, others simply enjoy wading through oceans of data, images and texts that often spark new creations and recreations.

The Digital Closing of the Public Domain

Ignasi Labastida i Juan

In recent times, the media often reports on initiatives to digitalise works from the collections of museums, libraries and archives. The main objective of these initiatives is to disseminate the works and provide access to them, and perhaps also to attract visitors to the cultural centres. But [...]

If it doesn’s spread, it’s dead

Maria Farràs

To coincide with the publication of the content of CCCB LAB blog posts under Creative Commons licenses, and as an overview of the ideas discussed in the book Spreadable Media. Creating value in a Networked Culture by Henry Jenkins, Sam Ford and Joshua Green (2013), this post looks at how content flows on the net, with an emphasis on the dilemmas of participatory [.

Rick Prelinger: "Archives become important to the world when they are easily available"

Interview to the founder of the Preligner Archives

Rick Prelinger is the founder of Prelinger Archives, an audiovisual archive with more than 2,000 public domain films available online to download and use freely. Prelinger highlights the importance of archives being open and accessible online, in order to make them available to as many users as possible.

Kenneth Goldsmith: "Archiving is the new popular art"

Interview with the founder of UBU Web

Kenneth Goldsmith is the founder of UBU Web, the benchmark online archive in avant-gardism. UbuWeb is an atypical, highly personal project, based on militancy, an example of DIY (do it yourself) and a demonstration of the individual’s potential to build contemporary historiography.

Luis Ángel Fernández Hermana, Vincent Puig, Karma Peiró and Marc Garriga

I+C+i. The Value of Free Knowledge

What is knowledge? What type of knowledge do we need for the 21st century? Who vouches for this knowledge and why? What role does collective intelligence play? Freely available knowledge or knowledge free of charge? These are some of the questions debated by speakers at the I+C+i session on the value of free knowledge: Luis Ángel Fernández Hermana, Karma Peiró, Marc Garriga and Vincent Puig.

GLAM in in: how can Wikipedia and cultural institutions collaborate and understand one another?

Lucia Calvo

GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) stands for a project that seeks a union: the one between the producers of cultural centers with the most accessed collaborative content encyclopedia over the Internet. The community, formed by volunteers worldwide who have written more than 15 million articles in 250 languages, shares a purpose with museums, libraries and archives: to disseminate knowledge between users.