In case you missed this acronymn GLAM stands for Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums and has got to be my favourite way to describe our sector….

This two day event at the British Musuems brigns together the Wikimedia community and GLAM sector for the first WIKI of its kind in the UK. Blogger and author Cory Doctorow will open the conference on Friday November 26th with a presentation provocatively entitled “Being a beloved institution will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of being an irrelevant one”.

Tom Morgan, Head of Rights and Reproductions at the National Portrait Gallery will also for the first time express the NPG perspective on the conflicts that erupted between his organisations and Wikimedia last year. His talk is suitably entitled “Wikipedia and the National Portrait Gallery – A bad first date? A perspective on the developing relationship between Wikipedia and cultural heritage organisations”.

The evening of Friday 26th will see a lecture given by Kenneth Crews, Director of the Copyright Advisory office of Columbia University. Following this presentation will be responses and discussion of the issues raised by a really interesteing panel including: director of DACS Gilane Tawadros; Director of Europeana Jill Cousins; Head of Digital at the BFI Paula Le Dieu; Presenter of BBC’s Digital Planet Bill Thompson.

Over the two days of the event there will have presentations by a variety of GLAM institutions from five European countries about how they are working with Wikipedia. I will be doing my own sesssion on Friday afternoon about the opportunites for smaller GLAM venues.

For more information about the conference

Culture24 become official cultural data provider to the BBC

ITs really exciting to be able to announce that Culture24 have become the “official cultural data provider to the BBC”. This is a really exciting three-year data-sharing partnership that will open up a channel from the Culture24 database of activities from over 4,500 cultural venues to the BBC’s vast online audience, putting arts and heritage activities data at the heart of the BBC website. Audiences, inspired by BBC broadcasts, will benefit by being able to find related ‘real world’ activities quickly and easily.

This is a key milestone in our plans to provide a central aggregation service for the cultural sector – something that is long overdue. I am convincec that the availability of quality cultural data will play a key part in the sectors ability to engage audiences online in ways that are low cost and high impact. Crucially, at a time of much austerity this collaboration increases cultural venues’ reach and profile without increasing workloads or costs.

As well as sharing our data with the BBC, Culture24 is also supporting a range of national, local, commercial and educational services including: NCT, Art Fund, Tourism South East, Engaging Places, Technology Strategy Board, Museums in Cornwall and Hewlett Packard. Of course our data also supports and reaches over 3.5 million individual visitors a year via our own websites and services!

Moving forward, more than 3,500 libraries are also being invited to join the Culture24 network and will benefit from this new initiative. Full details can be found at

It’s taken us nearly two years to negotiate this deal and we are very excited about its potential, particularly as we try and move towards greater cross sector working and digital collaboration.