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[] On Behalf Of Jonathan Gray
Sent: Freitag, 8. November 2013 16:56
To: Public Domain discuss list;
Subject: [OpenGLAM] New partnership to map the public domain in France

This is a very exciting development! Congrats to OKF France and all involved in 
making this happen. :-)



Last night Aurélie 
Filippetti<>, the French 
Minister for Culture and Communication, announced a new partnership between the 
French ministry of Culture and 
Communication<> and the Open Knowledge 
Foundation France<> to take steps towards mapping the public 
domain in 

The 'public domain calculator'<> 
demonstrator project will develop a tool to help establish legal status of 
cultural works - in particular helping users to determine whether or not they 
have passed out of copyright and into the public domain. You can watch a video 
about the partnership here<> (in French, with English 
translation coming soon).

In her 
 Minister Filippetti said:

We often say that a work has "fallen" into the public domain, as though it 
falls into a state of disuse, abandonment or oblivion. In fact, precisely the 
opposite is true. When a work enters the public domain, it experiences a 
rebirth. And I want to show that my department recognises this. Therefore, to 
support our thinking in this area, we have formed a partnership with Open 
Knowledge Foundation France to develop a prototype of a French public domain 
calculator using a set of cultural metadata (in this case a selection of 
metadata about works from the Great War) provided by the National Library of 
French Minister for Culture and Communication Aurélie Filippetti announcing the 
partnership between the ministry and Open Knowledge Foundation France.

The announcement was made at a reception at the end of an event on 'the 
transmission of culture in the digital 
 which included talks about the value and potential of the digital public 
domain and open data from cultural institutions.

I gave a keynote talk about the Open Knowledge Foundation's work on mapping the 
cultural commons with the public domain 
calculators<>, as well as other 
related initiatives such asOpenGLAM<> and The Public Domain 

Results were presented from a recent 'mashup 
 to encourage creative reuse of public domain works, run by the ministry in 
partnership with Open Knowledge Foundation 
 Wikimedia France<> and others.

There were also talks from the Rijksmuseum<> and 
the British Library<> about what they are doing to publish and 
encourage the reuse of open data and open digital copies of public domain works.

Overall the day made clear that the Digital Policy Department at the French 
ministry of Culture and Communication, under the leadership of Camille Domange, 
have taken the decision to put the digital commons high up on their agenda.

It is very encouraging to see such strong government recognition of the value 
of the public domain as an indispensable public good. We applaud France's 
leadership in this area, and hope this will inspire other countries to do more 
to enable the digital public domain to flourish and to take steps to support 
its reuse for the benefit of citizens - whether for education, creativity, or 

If you're interested in helping to establish a vibrant and open digital public 
domain in your country, please come and introduce yourself on our Public Domain 
Working Group<>.


Jonathan Gray

Director of Policy and Ideas  | @jwyg<>

The Open Knowledge Foundation<>

Empowering through Open Knowledge<>  |  @okfn<>  |  OKF on 
Facebook<>  |  Blog<>  
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