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Exploring new business models for monetising digitisation beyond image licensing to promote adoption of OpenGLAM

Valeonti, F; Terras, M; Hudson-Smith, A; Zarkali, C; (2018) Exploring new business models for monetising digitisation beyond image licensing to promote adoption of OpenGLAM. In: Bienert, A and Kaiser, T, (eds.) EVA Berlin 2018: Elektronische Medien & Kunst, Kultur und Historie. (pp. pp. 274-280). Staatliche Museen zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.: Berlin, Germany. Green open access

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Abstract

Ever since the Rijksmuseum pioneered the OpenGLAM movement in 2011, releasing to the public domain images of artworks in its collection, several other museums have followed its lead, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Finnish National Gallery. Although studies have demonstrated that OpenGLAM provides numerous benefits to museums, ranging from the dissemination of their collections to increased sponsorship opportunities, the movement’s adoption remains limited. One of the main barriers for joining OpenGLAM is the “fear of losing image licensing revenue”, as participant museums have yet to invent new business models to recover lost image fees. Current efforts to address this challenge include Rijksmuseum’s Rijksstudio, a Print-on-Demand service for creating and purchasing products featuring the museum’s artworks. However, Rijksstudio is very similar to existing Print-on-Demand solutions for museums, which have barely evolved over the last decade and, subsequently, it shares their limitations (e.g. offering wall art products only). Α radically different approach that integrates Print-on-Demand automation with emerging technologies (i.e. image recognition and progressive web applications) to generate revenue from digitisation is the Infinite Museum Store (IMS). In [citation] we presented the technical aspects and innovation features of IMS, as well as the results of a pilot study held at the State Museum of Contemporary Art (SMCA) in Thessaloniki, Greece, which demonstrated its significant potential for generating revenue from digitised collections. This paper examines IMS from a business model perspective. It focuses on aspects such as viability, maintenance and long-term sustainability, and investigates ways technical innovation can be applied and utilised as a business model that generates revenue from digitisation, helping promote wider adoption of OpenGLAM.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Exploring new business models for monetising digitisation beyond image licensing to promote adoption of OpenGLAM
Event: EVA Berlin 2018: Electronic Media and Visual Arts
Location: Berlin, Germany
Dates: 08 November 2018 - 10 November 2018
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.eva-berlin.de/en/eva_archiv-2/program-...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Centre for Editing Lives and Letters
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Dept of Information Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10075085
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