Shaping Access! – More Responsibility for Cultural Heritage Conference 5./6. November 2015 at Altonaer Museum, Hamburg

Digitisation offers a great chance to improve the accessibility of cultural heritage immensely and thus to contribute to the knowledge society of the future. As in previous years, also in 2015 we want to discuss the chances, obstacles, challenges and changes that digitisation causes for libraries, archives and museums and their relationships with other institutions, initiatives and businesses. The major focus will be on future strategies for access to cultural heritage. What are new ideas and innovations? What trends become apparent? What challenges are cultural institutions facing regarding these innovations?

Eleven years ago, in October 2004, the Google Books project for the digitisation of great library stocks, began – a project, that was, and still is, controversial both in the US and in Europe. Other approaches like the Open Content Alliance and Europeana can be seen as reactions to Google Books. What are the consequences of Google Books for the routines of libraries and research institutions? Where do other great digitisation projects stand?

The conference „Shaping Access!“ is presented in 2015 by:

Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg, Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek, Institut Français Deutschland, Internet & Gesellschaft Co:llaboratory, iRights.info, Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland, Stiftung Haus der Geschichte der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz and Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.