Digital Access project on track to unlock collections nationwide

(19 July 2016, Canberra) The GLAM Peak Bodies have appointed Rebecca Jones and John Petersen as the consultants to deliver the national Digital Access to Collections project.

Funded by the Commonwealth Government’s Catalyst program, this project will set out the nation’s ambition for open access to a rich diversity of Australian content by national and international audiences.

Fieldwork and a draft framework will be completed by the end of 2016.

Frank Howarth, co-Chair of the GLAM Peak Bodies, said, ‘Fundamental to this project are visits to regional galleries, libraries, archives, museums and historical societies to see first hand what is working and what challenges and opportunities these institutions face in opening their collections to the world.’

A GLAM peak website is being developed in order for interested parties to track progress. This will be online in August.

The GLAM Peak Bodies represent galleries, libraries, archives, museums, historical societies and other research collections.

  • Australian Academy of the Humanities
  • Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
  • The Australian Society of Archivists (ASA)
  • Council of Australasian Archives and Records Authorities (CAARA)
  • Council of Australasian Museum Directors (CAMD)
  • Council of Australian Art Museum Directors (CAAMD)
  • Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL)
  • Federation of Australian Historical Societies (FAHS)
  • International Council of Museums (ICOM)
  • Museums Australia (MA)
  • National Research Collections Australia (NRCA)
  • National and State Libraries Australasia (NSLA)
  • University Art Museums Australia (UAMA)

The announcement is here.