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First WorldFAIR Project Report: DRI in the Cultural Heritage Image Sharing Landscape

02 March 2023

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is pleased to announce that the first deliverable for the Horizon Europe funded WorldFAIR Project Cultural Heritage Case Study (WP13) has been published!

Deliverable 13.1 Cultural Heritage Mapping Report: Practices and Policies supporting Cultural Heritage image sharing platforms for the WorldFAIR Project outlines current practices guiding online digital image sharing by institutions charged with providing care and access to cultural memory, in order to identify how these practices may be adapted to promote and support the FAIR principles for data sharing. It looks closely at the policies and best practices endorsed by a range of professional bodies and institutions representative of Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (the 'GLAMs') which facilitate the acquisition and delivery, discovery, description, digitisation standards and preservation of digital image collections. The second half of the report further highlights the technical mechanisms for aggregating and exchanging images that have already produced a high degree of image interoperability in the sector with a survey of six national and international image sharing platforms: DigitalNZDigital Public Library of America (DPLA), EuropeanaWikimedia CommonsInternet Archive and Flickr. This report will be a valuable resource in producing recommendations for aligning existing professional practice in the sector with the FAIR principles - a key milestone for the case study.

The report concludes with some thoughts on DRI’s position as an image sharing platform within this landscape, as a stewarding repository for both cultural heritage organisations in Ireland seeking to preserve and make accessible their collections as well as research projects curating, examining, preparing and delivering cultural heritage data for reuse. At the end of the project, the DRI will aim to have tested and implemented recommendations that align established collections delivery mechanisms to facilitate the use of cultural heritage images as research data, improving the findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability of Ireland's visual cultural memory.

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