Some Lessons Learned From Projects That Explore the Possibilities Of the Wikimedia Platforms
(Sam Donvil)

Research indicates that the sources mostly used by non-professional information seekers to find factual information are Google and Wikipedia. Only a small percentage of information seekers still goes directly to traditional knowledge centres as libraries, archives and museum to find the information that they are looking. This situation forces knowledge centres to look for new ways to provide access to their collections and thus create value for their collection and institutional activities. A possible solution is the use of digital technology and a collaboration with third-party platforms to facilitate the access and (re)use of their information. This presentation presents some lessons learned from projects that explore the possibilities of the Wikimedia platforms for memory institutions: sharing your authority with others, collaborating with the (Wikimedia) community and using technical platforms that are beyond your control. All projects were initiated by PACKED vzw in collaboration with Wikimedia Netherlands, Wikimedia Belgium and a group of museums in Flanders.

Challenges Implementing Persistent URI's In Memory Institutions
(Alina Saenko and Bert Lemmens)

Following an assessment of their online catalogues and web applications, the Flemish Art Collection started the implementation of persistent URI's for collection objects in ten partner memory institutions. The project followed recommendations from CIDOC and ISA, creating persistent URI's for about 35.000 works of art in seven different museums, but also for the corresponding images, curators, artists and subjects. This presentation discusses the process of identifying 35.000 unique objects with persistent URI’s, how they were made reusable via Wikidata, but also how we ran into a series of issues engaging memory institutions recording URI's in their systems, keeping them up-to-date and eventually using them in their daily collection management work.

The Management of Digital Resources In Memory Institutions
(Nastasia Vanderperren and Rony Vissers)

The world wide web has become increasingly (audio)visual. Information is no longer only transmitted by text, but more and more also by photographs, graphics and videos. They also play an important role in the management of cultural heritage collections. Unfortunately, the management of digital resources also creates some challenges. They are often multiplied, stored decentralized and difficult to find for both internal and external users. Furthermore, their copyright status is often poorly documented. This complicates the online access and (re)use. This presentation does not only discuss these challenges, but also presents a strategy to deal with the obstacles through using standardised specifications and protocols.

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