CC AU Co-lead speaking at the next Open Culture Live webinar

CC Australia Co-lead Elliott Bledsoe will participate in “Maximizing the Value(s) of Open Access in Cultural Heritage Institutions” on Wednesday 28 February 2024.

Four barrels full of cash printed in black, green and red are overflowing. The text in front reads “Maximizing the Value(s) of Open Access in Cultural Heritage Institutions: 28 February 2024 | 2:00 PM UTC”.
Image: Victor Dubreuil. Public Domain. Full attribution details below.

Our Co-lead Elliott Bledsoe will be participating in an Open Culture Live webinar titled “Maximizing the Value(s) of Open Access in Cultural Heritage Institutions” on Wednesday 28 February 2024 at 2:00 pm UTC. For times in Australia, see the event page for the webinar. The session will be recorded and made available to watch on the Creative Commons YouTube channel so we don’t expect you to stay up late to attend live.

One common concern for GLAMs thinking about going open is the potential loss of revenue from image licensing — however, open collections are said to often draw in more viewers, onsite visitors, and (financial) supporters. There are also costs associated with the work of granting permissions on an image by image basis in employee time and legal fees. Ultimately, how do the costs and benefits stack up? How can we ensure the value of cultural heritage collections continues to support their financial sustainability?


  • Kristofer Erickson, Professor of Social Data Science at University of Glasgow
  • Douglas McCarthy, Open GLAM Researcher and Author
  • Elliott Bledsoe, Co-Lead of Creative Commons Australia & Wikimedia Australia Committee Member
  • Giovanna Fontanelle, Program Officer, Culture and Heritage at Wikimedia Foundation

More information is available on the Creative Commons website.

Image: Victor Dubreuil, ‘Barrels of Money’, c. 1890s. Public Domain. Available on Wikimedia Commons,,_Barrels_of_Money.jpg. Collection: Brandywine Museum of Art.

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