GLAMTLV2018/Submissions/Digital Transition in Indian GLAM spaces

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Submission no. 4
Title of the submission
Digital Transition in Indian GLAM spaces

Author(s) of the submission

PP Sneha

Anubha Sinha

E-mail address

Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Centre for Internet and Society, India

Type of session
Length of session

30-40 minutes

Ideal number of attendees
Everyone involved with Archives and Museums

The digital turn has been an important development for the cultural heritage sector in India, especially in the last decade, where access to internet and digital technologies has led to several advancements in the GLAM space, and creative and cultural industries, while also encouraging a multiplicity of uses of cultural content in academic and creative contexts. Efforts in digitisation and collection emerging in this Indian context include state initiatives, archival efforts at universities, and individual and collaborative initiatives. Along with developments in preservation, curation and sharing of content (like open source content management, and tools like web annotation and storytelling) there are continued anxieties related to access, infrastructure and linguistic barriers. IP rights, open access and privacy issues have also emerged as important concerns for cultural institutions looking to open up their collections to a wider public.
The collaboration with open knowledge production spaces like Wikipedia then offer important insights into the challenges and possibilities now available with the digital turn, but also in terms of changes in the larger imagination of open, networked and collaborative GLAM efforts. Drawing upon learnings from our recent work with Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts (under Ministry of Culture- India) on developing IPR and technical/cultural best practices for sharing cultural content under the National Cultural Audiovisual Archives project, a report on mapping digital humanities in India and ongoing conversations on GLAM practices, this panel shall present some of the learnings from these initiatives, with the aim of exploring possibilities for better collaboration between public memory institutions and GLAM-Wiki initiatives.
What will attendees take away from this session?
  1. Challenges faced by Indian archives at the cusp of the digital transition, as observed during our field visits to four archives.
  2. Observations on knowledge gaps in understanding implications of the copyright regime on archives and sharing, and where to look for possible solutions.
  3. Best practices for archives while acquiring and distributing creative cultural content.
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