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Open Culture Data - opening up data: masterclass and a risk-benefit analysis (subtitled)

Part 2 of 4 videos on the Open Culture Data network.


After the first phase of Open Culture Data, which resulted in 8 datasets and 13 apps, we kept getting the same questions from the cultural sector on how to best open up their data and make it available. As a result, a masterclass Open Data for Cultural Organisations was setup up by Creative Commons Netherlands. In the masterclass, 17 participants got answers to practical, technical and legal issues regarding open data. The masterclass was concluded with a hackathon, in which developers got to work with the open culture data.

At the same time, Open Culture Data researched what organisations consider to be the most important risks and benefits of open data. We did this together with many different heritage and cultural professionals, both in the masterclass and during a workshop on (open) data by Digital Heritage Netherlands. We based ourself on the 10 risks and 10 benefits of open data formulated by Europeana, the European digital library. The outcome was that the most important perceived risks are: loss of control, wrong or no attribution, privacy issues with some data, and loss of (potential) income. The main benefits mentioned were: fulfillment of the public mission and finding new channels to end users, enrichment of the data by third parties and the stimulation of reuse. The conclusion was the benefits of open dat outweigh the risks.

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This video was produced by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision in collaboration with Kennisland, as part of the large-scale digitisation project Images for the Future.

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision safeguards more than 800.000 hours of television, radio, music and film from 1898 to today, and collects, preserves and opens this audiovisual heritage for as many users as possible: media professionals, education, science and the general public. Kennisland works on social innovation, gives advice and develops solutions for the issues that crop up during the transformation to a stronger knowledge society. Sound and Vision and Kennisland are both partners in Images for the Future, a large-scale digitisation project in which four organisations have a large part of the audiovisual heritage of the Netherland through preservation and digitisation. The digitised materials are made as broadly available as possible for education and the general public.

Sebastiaan ter Burg (director, editor, audio) / Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (producer)
Publication date:
4 July 2013


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