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February 8, 2013

No not the Glam Rock exhibition at Tate Liverpool – in this case GLAM stands for Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums.

And Open GLAM is a

global network of people and organisations who are working to open up content and data held by GLAM institutions.

I’ve only just discovered Open GLAM but their website at has links to some really interesting digital tools and collections.

For instance, see the Open Collections page for a list of

openly licensed datasets from several cultural institutions. All collections provide digital scans or photos that can be freely used without any restrictions. Most of the objects are in the Public Domain because of their age, or are licensed under an open Creative Commons license (CC-BY/CC-BY-SA).

These include the online collections of formal Art galleries such as the US National Gallery of Art and the Yale Center for British Art, the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalogue and some sites of more niche interest such as The Digital Comics Museum and Public Domain Superheroes.

Their Culture Labs page, meanwhile, has links to a range of open source tools for working with digital content: particularly for annotating, sharing and citing digital resources, but also tools to generate timelines or to assist with crowd-sourcing activities.


A really interesting site. And just click on the Explore link on the GLAM menu to go to the always-entertaining and informative Public Domain Review: currently featuring a collection of literary essays by Benjamin Disraeli’s father, selection of “strange and haunting decayed daguerreotypes which can be found in the collection of The Library of Congress”, images of Charles Babbage’s brain, and much much more…

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