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Museums and the Challenges of Open Access

DARIAH-RS, in cooperation with the Central Institute for Conservation and the Desk Creative Europe, cordially invites you to attend our joint event Museums and the Challenges of Open Access, which will take place on December 16  at the Yugoslav Film Archive, Uzun Mirkova 1, starting at 11 a.m.


At this event, we’ll get a chance to learn about the Open Access policies and experiences from the Dutch State Museum (Rijksmuseum), as well as digital tools for museum documentation and new methods for aggregating data to Europeana.

We will also present and discus а new publication by the Centeral Institute for Conservation Open Access to Museum Documentation in Serbia: Experiences, Challenges and Potentials.



Milja Stijović (Central Institute for Conservation)

Toma Tasovac (DARIAH-RS)

Saskia Scheltjens (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)
From Open Access to Open Collections

12:15-13:00 Reception

13:00-14:15 Panel  and presentation of Open Access to Museum Documentation in Serbia: Experiences, Challenges and Potentials.

Participants: Dejan Sandić (reviewer), Museum of Applied Arts. Authors: Marija Aćimović, Center for Documentation, CIC; Slađana Bojković, Historical Museum of Serbia; Dragan Satarić, Wikimedia Serbia; Nevenka Antić, Creative Commons Serbia; Tamara Butigan Vučaj, National Library of Serbia; Višnja Kisić, Europa Nostra Serbia.

14:15-14:30 Break

14:30-15:00 Sašo Zagoranski, Semantika (Slovenia)
Rediscovering Aggregation and GALIS – Documentation System for Museums, Galleries, Libraries and Archives


From Open Access to Open Collections

Opening up collections is only a first step to a much larger world of digital connections. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam started to release images of public domain works online as early as 2011. In that same year it also launched one of the first (live) museum API’s.  Two years leater, all available images of the collection were made available in the highest possible resolution, without any copyright restrictions at all. What were the processes within the museum that lead up to that decision? And are there things lacking from the official story that need to be taken into account as well? How have things developed since then within the Rijksmuseum? And what are the challenges that lie ahead?

Saskia Scheltjens, Head of Research Service - Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Saskia Scheltjens (1970) is an experienced information manager with a focus on research in the arts & humanities. She has an MA in Literature & Linguistics and Information & Library Science at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). She worked in the Museum of Modern Art in Ostend (Belgium) and the Rijksmuseum Research Library in Amsterdam (Netherlands) where she was also involved in the implementation of the open source library software Koha. Between 2008 and 2016 she worked at Ghent University (Belgium) where she was asked to set up a large faculty library of Arts & Philosophy, centralizing 50 different libraries and developing new information services for researchers. In 2016 she went back to the Rijksmuseum to become the first head of a new department called Research Services in which the Rijksmuseum Research Library, the collection information department, collection data- and application management and the reading and study rooms will work more closely together. Aim is to develop new tools and services for researchers on top of a very hybrid, rich and open data collection. Saskia has experience in digital humanities research projects and the support of digital scholarship. And is deeply interested in semantic web technology and the cooperation between creative industries and technology.


GALIS – Documentation System for Museums, Galleries, Libraries and Archives

In this talk, we will present GALIS – an advanced documentation platform used in more than 70 institutions in three countries. The compiance with international standards and best pracices in the field of documentation management, as well as user feedback are the basis of our work. In our presentation, we will show advanced functionalities of the program, smart tools for simpler documentation and the process of secure data conversion from other databases to GALIS.

Reinventing Aggregation

Europeana’s current aggregation technology and approach were designed in the early days of Europeana and suited well to amass the initial content and create visibility for the initiative. Today, to serve Europeana’s ambition to become European digital service infrastructure for cultural content, both the approach to content aggregation and the technology implementing it, must be fundamentally revised. Due to the centrality of aggregation to Europeana’s life, this is a fundamental change for us, which has to be carefully designed, planned, and implemented. In this talk, I’ll present the results of the first stage of this process: experimental work on designing the future content acquisition architecture of Europeana.


sašoSašo Zagoranski has more than 10 years of experience in leading and developing large and complex IT systems, specializing in the cultural heritage sector. He was the chief architect of Galis, a Collection Management System already used by more the 70 institutions in 3 different countries. He was a member of the first Europeana council and a member of the Cultural Heritage digitalization board formed by the Slovenian Ministry of Culture. Leading all of the research & development projects at Semantika, he has gained extensive experience in the field of the cultural heritage sector by managing five Europeana related EU projects and internal projects, such as museums.simuseums.hr and museums.eu, as well as established cooperation with the International Council of Museums (ICOM), where Semantika is the official partner and technology provider for International Museum Day.