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04 October 2021

Open and Engaged 2021: Understanding the Impact of Open in the Arts and Humanities Beyond the University

As part of Open Access Week 2021, the British Library is delighted to host its annual Open and Engaged event online on 25 October. Please join us for Open and Engaged 2021: Understanding the Impact of Open in the Arts and Humanities Beyond the University.

British Library gates at St Pancras and Isaac Newton statue in background

In Higher Education contexts, discussions around openness are often focused on the pathways to make publications, data or cultural objects openly available online. It is often not known what impact open resources can have for various communities beyond the research community.

The speakers at Open and Engaged 2021 will explore the different impacts that open resources can have on people. They will seek to question how openness enhances the ability to engage with communities, how projects can be sustainable and make positive changes in the long-term, as well as some of the downsides to current approaches to open engagement.

Many of the speakers come from the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) sector, and we will learn about ways cultural organisations generate, measure and report on impact, and seek useful connections across the higher education and cultural sectors.

This online conference will address key questions of:

  • How does openness enhance (or restrict) the ability to engage with communities?
  • What can the higher education sector learn from people involved in research and research-related activities that is conducted outside of universities?
  • What are some of the ways in which GLAM organisations generate, measure and report on impact?
  • How can universities work with the wider GLAM sector to enhance the impact of scholarly research?
  • Are projects geared towards making positive changes in society sustainable?

Programme:

25 October 2021, Monday – British Summer Time (UTC+1)

09:50 - 10:00 Opening remarks

10:00 - 11:00 Session I: Increasing engagement with cultural heritage collections

Brigitte Vézina. Creative Commons. What does the future hold for "open" and cultural heritage institutions?

 

Sam van Schaik, British Library. The ethics of open access in the Endangered Archives Programme.

 

Merete Sanderhoff, SMK – Statens Museum for Kunst/National Gallery of Denmark. Users understand OpenGLAM. Do GLAMs?

 

Rebecca Bailey, Towards a National Collection, Historic Environment Scotland. Increasing engagement through Towards a National Collection.

11:00 - 11:20 Q&A

11:20 - 11:40 Break

11:40 - 12:40 Session II: Measuring and evaluating impact of open resources beyond journal articles

Luc Boruta, Thunken. Impact cannot be measured, and other sad half-truths about impact measurement.

 

Gemma Derrick, University of Lancaster. Assessing the broader value of research culture: the hidden REF experience.

 

Anne Boddington, Kingston University. Making a difference and ‘partnering for impact’.

 

Helen Adams, Oxford University Gardens, Libraries & Museums (GLAM), University of Oxford. Best of both: combining arts and science to measure the benefits of online culture for mental health in young people.

12:40 - 13:00 Q&A

13:00 - 13:05 Closing remarks

Registration Details:
Registration is free and open now. The sessions will be recorded and made publicly available in November 2021.

Participation:

We encourage you to participate in discussion with other attendees and speakers by using the Twitter hashtag #OpenEngaged. By registering for this conference and participating in the Twitter hashtag, we ask that you treat all organizers, speakers and other participants with respect.

Please email any access requirements or other question to openaccess@bl.uk  

This blog post was written by Susan Miles, Scholarly Communications Specialist, part of the Research Infrastructure Services team.

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