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.


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
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