Grants:Project/Cleveland Museum of Art/Open Access
In January 2019, The Cleveland Museum of Art will make all images of public-domain works in its collection available under Creative Commons Zero (CC0). The world will now have access to more than 30,000+ high resolution images of artworks from CMA’s collection to use – without restriction. Users will also have access to the associated metadata and scholarship for the entire collection, over 61,000 works with Creative Commons Zero.
The Open Access initiative is bringing CMA’s mission “For the Benefit of All the People Forever” into the digital age. It offers enhanced collection metadata including descriptive text for artworks and provenance data for public use. The publishing of descriptive text with open access creates more possibilities for semantic relationships, contextual interpretations and translations related to artworks from the collection. The release of provenance data aids scholarly research in the history of collecting. The Museum wishes to encourage too the further development of linked open data. Moreover, The Cleveland Museum of Art is making both high resolution JPGS and TIFs available to users, enabling a greater range of uses of images purposes than has previously been possible from its collections.
As part of the launch of its Open Access initiative, The Cleveland Museum of Art will make donations of images of public domain artworks and collection data to Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata respectively of all available image and data assets that have been designated Creative Commons Zero (CC0). The Cleveland Museum of Art also seeks to further engage its own staff, communities through activities such as a training, edit-a-thons and a remote Wikimedian-in-Residence Program. This will be the first major engagement between The Cleveland Museum of Art and Wikimedia communities.
What is the problem you're trying to solve?
After the donation of image and data assets, which will be completed by The Cleveland Museum of Art with support from the Wikimedia Foundation and community members prior to launch in January 2019, the Museum will need to activate the collection on Wikimedia platforms.
What is your solution to this problem?
Host a remote Wikimedian-in Residence to develop Wikimedia capabilities within The Cleveland Museum of Art, as well as with local and global communities of practice, to energize and utilize The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Open Access images and data beyond the institution itself.
- Engage Wikimedia communities and museum professionals with The Cleveland Museum of Art images and data donated to Wikimedia platforms as part of the Museum’s Open Access initiative.
- Document the engagement.
- Build capacity for sustainable engagement after the conclusion of the residency.
How will you know if you have met your goals?
- GLAM/Resources/Tools 
- Event Attendance
- Participant Surveys
- To be sent with specific questions to participants at onsite activations such as edit-a-thons or remote contests. Contextual based on activities to be performed.
- Host Remote Wikimedian-in-Residence for Six Months (May 2019-November 2019).
- Including funds to travel to and from Cleveland to do onsite activities.
- Create a Wiki Project Cleveland Museum Art. (May 2019)
- A home portal for all content, information and analytics about the project to be hosted.
- Create or improve Wikipedia articles on select artworks in the collection as examples. (May 2019-November 2019)
- Develop Wikipedia articles that are representative of good article criteria for demonstration and training purposes.
- Develop analytics to measure project engagement. (May 2019-November 2019)
- Provide demonstrations and training for Cleveland Museum of Art Staff to develop in-house capacity at Museum to sustain future community engagement. Key departments: (May 2019)
- Ingalls Library
- Public Engagement
- Provide demonstrations and training for community groups engaging girls and women in Cleveland, Ohio. Potentially...(June 2019-July 2019)
- Junior League
- Women Who Code: Cleveland
- Host an Edit-a-Thon in Collaboration with WikiProject Women's History built from artworks across The Cleveland Museum of Art’s public domain content across culture, space and time. (July 2019)
- This will also align with The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan, which launched in 2018.
- Present on the Wikiproject Cleveland Museum of Art at one professional conference for GLAM-Wiki or museum communities such as Wikimania or Museums and the Web Conference. (August 2019)
- Author GLAM-Wiki Case Study about Residence and The Cleveland Museum of Art data and image contribution. (October-November 2019)
- Author blog post for Wikimedia to be cross posted on The Cleveland Museum of Art Thinker Blog about residency experience in summary. (November 2019)
- Total Contribution from The Cleveland Museum of Art: $10,000
- Total Contribution Requested from Wikimedia: $20,000
- Itemized Total: $30,000
- Wikimedian-in-Residence: $18,000
- Events and Prizes: $2,000
- Conference: $10,000
- Wikiproject Discussion Page
- Social Media
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Heather Saunders, Director of Ingalls Library
Matthew Gengler, Head, Access Services, Ingalls Library
Beth Owens, Research and Scholarly Communications Librarian, Ingalls Library
Jane Alexander, Chief Digital Information Officer
Ethan Holda, Director of Technology
Alex Stinson, Senior Strategist, Community Programs, Wikimedia
Sandra Fauconnier, Program Officer, GLAM and Structured Data (Contractor), Community Programs, Wikimedia
Andrew Lih, Wikimedia DC
Megan Wacha, Wikimedia NYC
Maarten Dammers, Wikimedian
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