Since the “Raw data, now!” slogan launched by Tim Berners Lee in 2012, numerous initiatives have been launched by both governments and cultural institutions to open up their collections. After the first large-scale initiatives by the British Museum or the Rijksmuseum, the Open Glam-survey lists over 2,600 datasets, only a small proportion of which are published as open and linked data. It’s clear that Canadian museums still occupy only a small place in this survey. At a time when the issue of open data is highly topical in Canada and Quebec, with the initiatives of the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), the measures of Quebec’s Plan culturel numérique, and the Linked Infrastructure for Networked Cultural Scholarship (LINCS). This workshop aims to bring together the Canadian and European Open GLAM communities, recognizing that from open data to open content, there are various ways of opening up collections.

The event takes place over two half-day sessions. Each session begins with two presentations, followed by a round-table discussion.

October 10, 2023, first session:
Authority issues: examples and best practices

The production of authoritative data is a fundamental aspect of the web ecosystem of open and linked data. In the artistic field, the creation of this kind of repository can involve artists and rights holders, as well as authors’ societies and cultural institutions. How can we improve the production of authority data on artists?

October 17, 2023, second session:
Models and ontologies: from challenges to opportunities

Ontologies and modeling play an important role in the creation of open, linked data. While the CIDOC conceptual model has become widely accepted in the cultural domain, its mobilization sometimes requires considerable effort. What modeling efforts can museums rely on today to publish semantized data?

Detailed program to be announced shortly


Study day organized with the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) as part of the New Uses of Collections in Art Museums partnership.

The New Uses of Collections in Art Museums Partnership brings together the museum and the university in a co-production of knowledge on the transformation of practices surrounding museum collections. Under the direction of Johanne Lamoureux, the Partnership is structured along four axes of research that are under the responsibility of Marie Fraser (Axis 1 – Exhibited Collections), Johanne Lamoureux (Axis 2 – Engaged Collections), Mélanie Boucher (Axis 3 – Expanded Collections) and Emmanuel Château-Dutier (Axis 4 – Shared Collections). The Partnership brings together some twenty researchers, collaborators from Canada and abroad, and six partner museums (the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée d’art de Joliette, the National Gallery of Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the McCord Stewart Museum, and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec).