I like that idea. Personally, I think patrons taking photos in museums is annoying, and I can understand the reasons why museums would have a restrictive photo policy. So an important thing to add to the criteria of rating museum's "free-culture-compliance" is the availability of images of items in their collections through some type of creative-commons license. This, of course, can be weighted differently than actually being able to take photos inside the museum.
-Lee On Tue, Jan 4, 2011 at 11:46 PM, Liam Wyatt <liamwy...@gmail.com> wrote: > (referring to previous thread: Yes, as several people have described, > Wikimedia takes assiduous care about copyright but cannot be responsible for > contracts (formal or implied) between third-parties e.g. a museum and its > patrons.) > > Continuing from the link that Sammy posted, > http://hyperallergic.com/photopolicy/ > this has got me wondering if it really is viable to create a museum > photography policy list... but much more than that... > > I think this could work globally, but first I'd like to see if it works in > one area and I think that New York is as perfect a place as could be found > for such a trial. > > What I'm thinking is whether it would be a good idea for Wikimedia to > sponsor the creating of a "free-culture-compliant" rating schema for > cultural organisations. If it worked properly, it could be updated and > "announced" annually with the best organisations in different categories > (National/less than 5 employees/libraries...) winning some kind of > recognition/award. > > Where I'm basing this off is Greenpeace's "Guide to Greener Electronics" > which has been running for several years now: > > http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/toxics/electronics/Guide-to-Greener-Electronics/ > The deal with this is to take the public statements/policies of the major > tech organisations and rate them against a set of objective criteria. Each > year the new edition produces quite a bit of publicity e.g. > http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/oct/27/apple-greenpeace-greener-electronics-rankings > > Why I like this system is that it only assesses publicly stated policies > which means it does not require a complicated/expensive assessment system or > checking compliance with those policies. Also, by reducing things to a score > it makes it easy to rate the companies which allows for simple reporting > phrases (that the newspapers and corporate management like) such as "Nokia > stays in 1st place with the same score of 7.5 [green]". > > Now, imagine if we could produce an objective list of "free-culture > criteria" that are applicable to cultural organisations (including but not > limited to photographic policies) and give each criterion a weighting. We > could make the list and the assessment process public, as is the wiki way, > which would also enable other organisations to self-assess if they wanted to > (something that cannot be done with Greenpeace's closed system). Then, once > an assessment had been done on all the institutions, we would be in the > position to be able to make a press release saying (for example): > "in 2011 The Brooklyn museum is the most free cultural institution in New > York, with the Tenement museum being the most improved whist the Frick > Collection became less free over the same period." This also allows smaller > institutions to be able to "beat" the big guys at something for the first > time! > > What do you think of the idea in general? What do you think of the idea > specifically for NYC in 2011? And...before you think I'm just trying ask you > to do work, I should point out that the WMF has recently hired me on a 1 > year fellowship (not yet announced) to improve our GLAM > outreach/collaboration capacity and therefore I would definitely be up for > helping to do the hard work on such a project. > > Sincerely, > -Liam / Witty lama > > wittylama.com/blog > Peace, love & metadata > > > _______________________________________________ > Wikimedia_NYC mailing list > Wikimedia_NYC@lists.wikimedia.org > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia_nyc > >
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