Dear Pavlo,

I hope you are well, considering.

I will follow up directly to discuss how my team can support you but, for
the benefit of this list, I wanted to share a compilation of articles
arguing for open access in museums - see below. Many of them are written by
museum staff so they have cut-through with that audience.

I think your strongest arguments are 1. cultural heritage preservation
("Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe") and 2. harmonization with the EU. As you
likely know, the adoption of Article 14 of the Copyright in the Digital
Single Market Directive says that works in the public domain should remain
in the public domain once digitised:

I'm sure you're already familiar with Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage
Online (SUCHO). A selection of their international press coverage would be
a good addition to an advocacy pack:

A Diff article by João Alexandre Peschanski considers the role of Wikimedia
Commons in crisis response:

*Greatest hits of open GLAM advocacy:*

   - Democratising the Rijksmuseum: Why did the Rijksmuseum make available
   their highest quality material without restrictions, and what are the
   results? by Joris Pekel in 2014 (pdf),
   - The Impact of Open Access on Galleries, Libraries, Museums, & Archives
   by Effie Kapsalis of The Smithsonian Institution, in 2016 (pdf),
   - Open access can never be bad news by Merete Sanderhoff of Statens
   Museum for Kunst, in 2017,
   - Creating Access beyond The Met Collection on
   Wikipedia by Loic Tallon in 2018,
   - Open access to collections is a no-brainer – it’s a clear-cut
   extension of any museum’s mission by Doug McCarthy and Dr Andrea Wallace in

   - Inside the Museum is Outside the Museum — Thoughts on Open Access and
   Organisational Culture by Karin Glasemann of Nationalmuseum Sweden, in
   - The First Anniversary of CMA Open Access: Benefiting People Now and
   Forever by Jane Alexander of Cleveland Musuem of Art, in 2020,
   - Images from Wellcome Collection pass 1.5 billion views on Wikipedia by
   Dr Alice White in 2021,

Speak soon,

On Thu, 9 Jun 2022 at 17:38, Павло Костін <>

> Hello all,
> My name is Pavlo Kostin, I am an advocacy manager of Wikimedia Ukraine,
> responsible for freedom of panorama advocacy efforts. Due to the start of
> the full-fledged invasion of the Russian Federation, we had to suspend our
> advocacy efforts regarding freedom of panorama in Ukraine. As you can
> imagine, a copyright reform is not the main focus of legislators now, as
> there are more urgent issues related to the ongoing war. Wikimedia Ukraine
> is currently working on making more systemic outreach efforts to get the
> content distributed online by Ukrainian state institutions, museums and
> cultural institutions published under free licenses.
> We are sure that such efforts were done by others in the Movement before,
> so we wanted to check if any of them are available to be used as
> inspiration, or maybe only a translation is needed. We would be grateful if
> you can share any materials used for facilitating the transfer of the
> above-listed institutions and partner organizations to free licenses.
> Among such materials, there might be the instructions outlining steps
> these institutions should undertake to switch to a relevant license;
> infographics and presentations for representatives of these institutions to
> explain the benefits of free licensing for them; explanatory notes etc.
> We would be glad for any piece of information or advice shared so that we
> can use it in our advocacy efforts.
> If you want to contact me privately, reach out to
> Thank you!
> Best regards,
> Pavlo Kostin
> Advocacy Manager
> Wikimedia Ukraine
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