[ARENA] (fwd) MPIWG Call for Open Access to Digital Images

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From:     Dr. Christine von Oertzen (coertzen  mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de)
Date:     22 January 2009
Subject:  Call for Open Access to Digital Images

Call for Open Access to Digital Images

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), a co- 
of the OpenAccess movement, has drawn up a set of best-practice
recommendations concerning the scholarly use of visual media. The
recommendations aimed at facilitating the scholarly use and  
publication of
historical digital images were drafted following consultations with  
and representatives of leading museums, libraries, image archives and
publishers. The aim of the document is to create a network of mutual  
and cooperation between scholars and curators of cultural heritage
collections with a view to facilitating access to and the scholarly  
use of
visual media. The recommendations can be downloaded from the MIPWG  
which currently features a detailed report on the initiative.

The recommendations were prompted by the barriers encountered by  
those who
wish to use and publish images of cultural heritage objects. High  
fees and complicated access regulations make it increasingly  
difficult for
scholars in the humanities to work with digital images. It is true  
that the
digitization of image collections has acted as a catalyst for scholarly
research. However, archives, collections and libraries differ greatly  
respect to the question of how, where and on what basis images may be  
for scholarly purposes. Moreover, their policies in this regard are
becoming increasingly restrictive, especially when it comes to new
forms of

The MPIWG drew up its recommendations for facilitating the scholarly  
use of
digital images following consultations with international experts  
which took
place in January 2008. The recommendations call on curators and  
scholars to
develop a mutually binding network of trust. The aim of the  
initiative is to
encourage stakeholders jointly to address the current and future  
raised by the digital age. The document urges curators to refrain from
restricting the public domain arbitrarily and calls on them to  
the needs of scholars for reasonably-priced or freely-accessible
high-resolution digital images - both for print publications and new
Web-based forms of scholarly publishing. It exhorts scholars to  
museums, libraries and collections as owners and custodians of
physical objects of cultural heritage and to acknowledge their  
efforts in
making digital images available. Moreover, it urges them to take  
their role
as guarantors of authenticity and accurate attribution extremely  


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