Critical issues presentations/Analysis of Context Factors Influencing the Adoption of Internet-Related Practices in the Heritage Sector

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Submission no. 81
Title of the submission

Analysis of Context Factors Influencing the Adoption of Internet-Related Practices in the Heritage Sector

Author of the submission
  • Beat Estermann
Country of origin



Outreach, Research

  • OpenGLAM
  • heritage institutions
  • open data
  • open content
  • crowdsourcing
  • innovation diffusion
  • context factors

One of the main insights derived from the OpenGLAM Benchmark Survey has been that there are major differences between countries when it comes to the adoption of Internet-related practices, such as digitization, open data, linked data, social media use, and collaborative content creation. In this contribution we will have a closer look at the context factors that may explain for the country differences, such as macro-level variables (national policies regarding cultural heritage, economic indicators, E-Government Development Index, E-Participation Index, and ICT Development Index) and OpenGLAM related outreach activities and their impacts (the presence of open data advocacy groups, Wikimedia chapters focusing on cultural heritage; the organization of open cultural data hackathons, OpenGLAM Conferences, OpenGLAM Camps targeted at volunteers; the availability of continuous education offers focusing on OpenGLAM related topics; the number of heritage institutions having donated content to Wikimedia Commons; or the embracement of OpenGLAM-related causes by opinion leaders in the heritage sector). We will then compare the country scores for these aspects to the adoption rates in the different countries for the various Internet-related practices covered by the OpenGLAM Benchmark Survey. By this means we will provide the community of OpenGLAM and GLAM-Wiki advocates with information as to which type of outreach activities will likely be most effective in promoting OpenGLAM-related practices.


Not accepted