French Wikimedia Culture and Digital Day 2023

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Wikimédia France is very pleased to share with you that the 4th edition of the Wikimedia Culture and Digital Day 2023 will take place on Tuesday, April 25 at the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (INHA), Paris 2e. With the support of the Archives nationales de France and the Club Innovation & Culture CLIC France.

Open content more than ever in the spotlight!

After a 2022 edition dedicated to the presentation of the first report on open content, we are impatient to present in exclusivity the Open Content Observatory and its future missions, as well as the very first winners of the Label Culture Libre launched by Wikimedia France in november 2022.

Since 2019, this event is intended to bring together cultural institutions around Wikimedia projects and open content thematics. Inviting them to start collaborative contribution approaches.
Although Wikipedia is the most famous of the free and collaborative projects, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons represent a real opportunity for GLAMs to assume in a different way and more widely the missions of accessibility and dissemination of knowledge to the public. These missions must be in phase with the constant evolution of digital uses.
When we talk about open content, the concept may seem difficult to grasp. The notions of free licenses or free uses complete an environment that covers legal and political nuances that are sometimes contradictory. However, there is a simple way to understand the stakes of open content by taking into account the requests of users of the GLAM digital platforms and by observing the uses of the Wikimedia Commons free media library and the Wikidata knowledge base, both of which operate on the principle of free use, free modification and free re-sharing. And that message begin to enter in the GLAM network in France, even if we continue to face an unfavorable legislation.

This day will also be an opportunity for cultural institutions to come and exchange with speakers from different GLAMs on the implementation of projects related to the opening and dissemination of documents and heritage collections.

2023, year of the launches

The launch of the Label Culture Libre in the fall of 2022 has allowed 18 institutions to apply for the different levels of labeling (Bronze, Silver, Gold).

The 2023 edition will offer an exclusive presentation of the first winners, including museums, archives and libraries.
To go further in the open content, Wikimedia France will present the Open Content Observatory, a new entity with special committee of open content specialists and professionals whose missions will be dedicated to the analysis, promotion and assessment of activities and reflections related to open content and dissemination of scientific and cultural content.

The observatory will be able to rely primarily on the report: “Rapport sur l’open content dans les institutions culturelles en France – État des lieux des pratiques numériques et d’ouverture de contenus” proposed by Wikimedia France and the Agence Phare in April 2022.

Finally, this event will propose exchanges on the implementation of open content projects through specific questions widely shared by cultural professionals. Which licenses to choose? How to identify the rights holders of digitized works and which contracts to choose? How to insert such projects into the administrative circuits?
Participants will benefit for this program from a panel of speakers who will draw on their experience to answer questions.

It is a rare opportunity to place open content at the center of cultural policy debates.

More informations :

Wikimedia France and partners, INHA, Clic France and Archives nationales de France at the Wikimedia Culture and Digital Day 2022.

Mathilde Louis WMFr, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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