Cultural Heritage Image Sharing Recommendations Report (Deliverable 13.2)

Knazook, Beth; Murphy, Joan

Deliverable 13.2 for the WorldFAIR Project’s Cultural Heritage Work Package (WP13). Although the cultural heritage sector has only recently begun to think of traditional gallery, library, archival and museum (‘GLAM’) collections as data, long established practices guiding the management and sharing of information resources has aligned the domain well with the FAIR principles for research data, evidenced in complementary workflows and standards that support discovery, access, reuse, and persistence. As explored in the previous report by Work Package 13 for the WorldFAIR Project, D13.1 Practices and policies supporting cultural heritage image sharing platforms, memory institutions are in an important position to influence cross-domain data sharing practices and raise critical questions about why and how those practices are implemented.

Deliverable 13.2 aims to build on our understanding of what it means to support FAIR in the sharing of image data derived from GLAM collections. This report looks at previous efforts by the sector towards FAIR alignment and presents 5 recommendations designed to be implemented and tested at the DRI that are also broadly applicable to the work of the GLAMs. The recommendations are ultimately a roadmap for the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) to follow in improving repository services, as well as a call for continued dialogue around ‘what is FAIR?’ within the cultural heritage research data landscape.

The report is available on Zenodo.

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WorldFAIR @ RDA’s 10 Year Anniversary: Image sharing systems and practices in Cultural Heritage

In 2023 the Research Data Alliance is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. We’re excited to commemorate this important milestone with our community by organising a series of international and regional events and activities dedicated to a specific theme related to research data management of relevance to the RDA community.

As part of this event series, WorldFAIR Work Package 13 (WP13) presented their landscaping report identifying how Cultural Heritage institutions engage with FAIR (examining formats and image delivery technologies).

This workshop recording is now available below.

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WorldFAIR Output Webinar Series: Overview of the projects first round of disciplinary reports: Updates from the Social Surveys (WP6) and Cultural Heritage (WP13)

14 June 2023, 08:00 – 09:00 UTC

This webinar will present the following deliverables completed by WP6 and WP13 respectively:


Overview of the data harmonisation practices of cross-national social surveys, through case studies of the European Social Survey and the Australian Social Survey International – European Social Survey. We compare the practices between the organisations responsible for the data management of ESS and AUSSI-ESS.


Outline of current practices guiding online digital image sharing by institutions charged with providing care and access to cultural memory, in order to identify how these practices may be adapted to promote and support the FAIR principles for data sharing.


Beth Knazook, DRI (Cultural Heritage, WP13)

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Introducing the WorldFAIR Cultural Heritage Image Sharing Working Group

This week the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) will publish the second deliverable for the Horizon Europe funded WorldFAIR Project Work Package 13, D13.2 Cultural Heritage Image Sharing Recommendations Report

The report looks at previous efforts by the cultural heritage sector towards FAIR alignment and presents 5 recommendations broadly applicable to the work of Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (or ‘GLAMs’) to further help in achieving this goal. The recommendations are ultimately a roadmap for the DRI to follow in improving repository services over the next year of the WorldFAIR Project, as well as a call for continued dialogue around ‘what is FAIR?’ within the cultural heritage research data landscape.

WG Activities

The DRI has been very fortunate to have an expert panel of contributors thinking about the issues underlying potential approaches to better FAIR alignment for the GLAMs. Over a period of 5 months, the WG met to refine our thoughts, starting at a high level with What is an image? and What do we mean by image data? We asked how GLAMs communicate complex information about:

  • Accessibility of original objects (meaning of original?)
  • Local fields in metadata
  • Language/linguistic barriers
  • Recognition of community rights/ownership of data
  • Surfacing administrative and preservation metadata
  • Distinction between data and metadata
  • Vocabularies vs. PIDs

and more?

The WG reviewed WP13’s first deliverable D13.1 Cultural Heritage Mapping Report: Practices and policies supporting Cultural Heritage image sharing platforms and, shortly thereafter, began considering responses to a number of themes that came out of that report: Transparency, Mutability, Technology, Rights and Costs (see the mind map image below).The recommendations produced for the report address specific issues that arose from those thematic discussions, further refined in our final WG meetings and editing in-document. 

WP13’s Recommendations Report work would not have been possible without the valuable contributions of our expert Working Group. Our sincere thanks to all the members for giving their time and goodwill to this project!

Members of the WG

Anita Cooper Assistant LibrarianRoyal Irish Academy
Antje Schmidt Head of Digital StrategyMuseum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg
Claudio Cortese Product Manager & Analyst / PhD in Archaeology4Science SpA
Dana Reijerkerk Knowledge Management & Digital Assets LibrarianStony Brook University
Eileen Manchester Innovation SpecialistDigital Innovation Division (LC Labs), Library of Congress
Esther Olembe Senior Lecturer/Director of National Archives of CameroonUniversity of Yaounde II-SOA/National Archives
Gina O’Kelly Executive DirectorIrish Museums Association (IMA)
Glen Robson