21 Works

The Ethics of Open Access in the Endangered Archives Programme

Sam van Schaik
The Endangered Archives Programme (also known as EAP) gives funding to people running projects to digitise and preserve archival materials at risk of destruction. These can date from any time before the middle of the twentieth century, and from most parts of the world except Europe and North America. The resulting digital images and sound files are made available via the British Library’s website. The Programme has been set up to ensure that the owners...

What does the future hold for \"open\" and cultural heritage institutions?

Brigitte Vézina
GLAMs’ [Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums] public interest mission is squarely aligned with the open access ethos. Indeed, making their collections as openly accessible, shareable, and reusable as possible is the best way for GLAMs to achieve their mission as they digitize and offer their collections online. But only a tiny fraction of the world’s GLAMs share their collections through open access initiatives. GLAMs face a host of barriers to embracing open access. At Creative...

Increasing engagement through Towards a National Collection

Rebecca Bailey
At the centre of the £18.9m research development programme Towards a National Collection is the aim to increase engagement with the cultural heritage collections of the UK. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the programme is working to link collections and encourage cross-searching of multiple collection types, to enable research and enhance public engagement. This presentation will outline the achievements and ambitions of the funded projects, and start to look ahead to a...

Question and answer session 1 : Increasing Engagement with Cultural Heritage Collections

Brigitte Vézina, Sam van Schaik, Merete Sanderhoff & Rebecca Bailey
Recording of the Question and Answer discussion from Session 1: Increasing engagement with cultural heritage collections. Open and Engaged conference 2021, hosted at the British Library.

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Impact cannot be measured, and other sad half-truths about impact measurement

Luc Boruta
Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. In this talk, I look at bringing algorithmic fairness to impact measurement, from web-scale attention tracking to computer-assisted data story-telling. Drawing on my experience with altmetrics, I argue that many proxies for impact correlate not only with impact but also with privilege, and that all stakeholders should therefore disclose the inner workings and the limitations of their information systems to...

Open and Engaged 2021

Exploring Software, Tools and Methods used in Web Archive Research

Katharina Schmid, Sharon Healy & Helena Byrne
This paper is one part of a larger research project, titled, Web Archives - Researcher Skills and Tools (WARST). In this poster we focus on the data from the WARST study which examines the software, tools and methods used in the web archive research lifecycle.

Closing remarks to Open and Engaged conference 2022.

Rachael Kotarski
Rachael's closing remarks summing up the discussion of the 2022 Open and Engaged event.

Design Patterns in Digital Preservation: Understanding Information Flows

Andrew N Jackson
This paper proposes a framework to help understand the different ways digital preservation goals can achieved, and the contextual factors these choices depend on. This is done through a worked example: three different design patterns representing the three possible modes of archival information flow, each illustrated with realistic examples and practices. By helping a wider audience understand these different approaches, we can ensure implementation choices are informed by practice, rather than by default, or without...

Users understand OpenGLAM. Do GLAMs?

Merete Sanderhoff
For more than a decade, a dedicated bunch of Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums [GLAM] around the world have been advocating for opening up cultural heritage collections while pushing for openness in their own institutions. Today, more than 1,200 GLAMs worldwide feature open access to their digitised assets – making OpenGLAM a trend, but not yet the mainstream. Parallel to this, users are getting used to demanding free and open access to common cultural heritage....

Assessing the broader value of research culture: The hidden REF experience

Gemma Derrick
The hidden REF was an experiment to counteract existing evaluation methods. UK REF Impact Case Studies have a narrative linearity which fails to appreciate the amazing plethora of interactions, individuals and different types of output that are part of our research culture. The hidden REF exercise aims to celebrate the breadth of activity in the current research culture. There were over 130 submissions into 21 different categories, organised into 5 assessment panels. The Hidden Role...

Making a Difference and 'Partnering for Impact'

Anne Boddington
This presentation will reflect on impact as defined in the Research Excellence Framework (REF2021) and that forms a key element of the current dual funding structure of research for Higher Education Institutions. Although impact in its broadest sense extends beyond research, it is most prominently highlighted in the REF as the element that assesses how universities reach out, build relationships, and make a societal difference. It will consider the challenges of impact, the kinds of...

Question and answer session 2 : Measuring and evaluating impact beyond journal articles

Luc Boruta, Gemma Derrick, Anne Boddington & Helen Adams
Recording of the Question and Answer discussion from Session 2: Measuring and evaluating impact beyond journal articles. Open and Engaged 2021 conference hosted by the British Library.

Towards a Collections Model for Preservation Planning at the British Library

Michael Day & Maureen Pennock
The development of a framework for preservation planning at the British Library has highlighted the need for a more-structured understanding of its digital collections, in particular with regard to identifying the specific sets of objects that would be the focus of preservation plans. Work has recently commenced on developing a model of the Library’s collections to support this.

Best of both: combining arts and science to measure the benefits of online culture for mental health in young people

Helen Adams
An inter-disciplinary project undertaken by museum and psychiatry staff at the University of Oxford in 2020 set out to find out if online cultural content could be effective against common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. The O-ACE (Online Active Community Engagement) project used traditional arts engagement research methods such as surveys and co-production alongside health status measures and psychometric tests as part of a randomised control trial of more than 400 participants....

Shared Research Repository Service and competency framework for cultural heritage professionals

Jenny Basford & Ilkay Holt
This presentation covers an overview of the British Library’s Shared Research Repository Service to make GLAM research discoverable and a proposed training programme for GLAM professionals to manage repository services as a result of a recent scoping report conducted by the British Library. British Library’s Shared Research Repository Service features content from partner cultural heritage organisations and increases the visibility of heritage research outputs. Each partner can have their own institutional identity, manage their content...

Valuing the breadth and depth of skills in the research library

Claire Knowles
Libraries are centres of technical and specialist expertise, the skills their staff can contribute to the wider organisation and as partners in research have been overlooked. This talk follows on from the RLUK-AHRC event The Technician Commitment and the role of research and academic libraries as centres of technical and specialist expertise, held on 27 April 2022, to continue the rallying cry for librarians to be recognised for their skills both by their institutions, sectors,...

“Forever or 5 years”: Sustainability planning for Digital Research Infrastructure for Arts and Humanities

Anna Maria Sichani
This short presentation will focus on the requirements for sustainability planning for Digital Research Infrastructure for Arts and Humanities, and more specifically for the federated repositories & data services’ ecosystem as part of the AHRC programme “Infrastructure for Digital Innovation and Curation in Arts and Humanities” (iDAH). From technical choices, systems’ architecture and security, to governance structures, impact and community engagement mechanisms, I will discuss a set of considerations on how to enhance our digital...

Climate change approach at the British Library

Maja Maricevic
Maja outlines the initiatives the British Library is taking to reach Net Zero including infrastructure issues to reduce emissions. Collection initiatives include the UK Web Archive curated Collection on Climate Change, Voices of Science, Contemporary Science Collections Guide on Climate Change and highlighting the use of nineteenth century maps to show changes in land use. Engagement activities such as the Blue Peter Our Planet Now competition, the Natural Word event series and a series of...

Climate justice at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Lorna Mitchell
Founded in 1670, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh delivers world-leading plant science, conservation and education programmes. The Garden’s mission is to ‘Explore, Conserve and Explain the World of Plants for a Better Future’ and the new five year strategy, ’Responding to the Biodiversity Crisis and Climate Emergency’, was launched in June 2021. In her talk Lorna Mitchell, Head of Library Services at the RBGE, will provide an overview of the RBGE Collections and explore the...

Registration Year

  • 2022
  • 2021

Resource Types

  • Conference Paper


  • Royal Botanic Gardens