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Currently this is a scratchpad for referencing known uses of CC licensing and material in the GLAM sector: Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums". Please add to the list and turn compelling uses into Case Studies.




British Library

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The British Library released a large set of their bibliographic data into the public domain via the CC0 public domain dedication. This set is from the British National Bibliography, which contains data on publishing activity from the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland since 1950, and comprises 20% of the entire British Library catalog. The dataset currently consists of 3 million individual records.

Canadian University Libraries

Anecdotal evidence suggests that some University libraries offer Creative Commons licensing options in their Institutional Repositories. More research is required in this field.

Cologne-based Libraries

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All bibliographic data from Cologne-based libraries are available to the public with no known copyright restrictions. Cologne-based libraries who waived their copyrights using the CC0 public domain dedication include the University and Public Library of Cologne (USB), the Library of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, the University Library of the University of Applied Science of Cologne, and the LBZ. The data is currently linked from the North Rhine-Westphalian Library Service Center (hbz). For more info, see the blog post.

Fundamental Scientific Library of the National Academy of Science of Armenia

Land Library of Saxony - State and University Library Dresden

Library of Congress

National Library of Australia

Open Library

State Library of Queensland

Diet Solution - The Diet Solution Reviews - The Diet Solution Book - The Diet Solution Program

University of Michigan Library

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The University of Michigan Library has waived all copyrights to its Open Access bibliographic records via CC0. As of November 17, 2010, the Library released 684,597 bibliographic records into the public domain. The Library also defaults all of its site content under the most open CC license - CC BY.


Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Bundesarchiv - the German Federal Archive

Collections Council of Australia

Internet Archive

Staffordshire Hoard

  • Staffordshire Hoard
  • In July 2009, an Anglo-Saxon treasure was found in a field near Birmingham, UK. Since mid-September photographs of the items have been on display on flickr: Some photos are under BY-NC, others under BY-NC-SA.

Wikimedia Foundation


Amsterdam Historical Museum

In March 2010, The Amsterdam Historical Museum (WAAG) released its complete collection online under a CC Attribution-NonCommercial license, allowing the free redistribution and reuse of the collection for noncommercial purposes. This was the first time in the museum's history that its collection has been available to the public. The collection contains over 70,000 objects dating back to the Middle Ages and is updated on a bi-weekly basis.

Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum has incorporated CC-licensing in a number of ways through out its digital footprint. On a broad level, the museum's image collection is released under a CC Attribution-NonCommercial license, allowing others both share and reuse the images in noncommercial derivative works. Similarly, BM developed an open API that community members can query based on a number of identifiers, including the CC license. Lastly, a remix contest collaboration with Blondie Guitarist Chris Stein saw BM release Stein-produced audio stems under a CC Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike license.

  • On October 30th, 2[[009, Brooklyn Museum opened Who Shot Rock & Roll, an exhibition commemorating photographers and their creative role in rock & roll history. To celebrate, the museum has teamed up with Chris Stein for a companion musical project called Who Shot Drums and Bass. Its eight original songs are released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license. Brooklyn Museum is asking remixers to download the tracks from its Soundcloud page and remix them for the Who Shot Rock & Roll: Remix! contest. Details on the Brooklyn Museum website. (Info from Creative Commons Blog)

National Historical Museum, Sweden

In early 2010, Swedish museum National Historical Museum (Historiska museet) released roughly 63,500 item photographs, 1200 illustrations, and 264,500 scanned catalog cards under a CC license - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works or Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike depending on medium. Heralded as a first step, Historiska Museet is looking at avenues to continue opening their catalog with less restrictions in the future as they better understand how the public will engage these new resources.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was one of the first major cultural institutions to utilize CC licensing, releasing their classical music podcast The Concert under a CC Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works license in September of 2006. By allowing the free sharing and re-distribution of their podcast, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has been able to reach a wide ranging audience with The Concert seeing over one million downloads from over 116 different countries, creating a positive promotional tool for the museum and its classical music program.

National September 11 Memorial Museum

In December of 2008, the National September 11th Memorial Museum launched its Artist Registry, allowing the public the ability to add their 9/11 inspired works to the museum's collection. The museum allowed users to designate a CC license while uploading, encouraging community submissions in a progressive and socially responsible fashion.

Participatory Museum

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  • Book/wiki about how museums can become more interactive with their patrons
  • Released CC BY-NC license
  • Creator, Nina Simon, is smart and would be good to build copy with

Powerhouse Museum

Sydney's Powerhouse Museum has integrated CC-licensing into a number of its projects from the inclusion of CC Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative licensed photos to its Photo of the Day project to offering downloadable resources from Play at Powerhouse, PHM’s education program for children, under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. In addition, PHM has released object descriptions, production notes, history notes under a CC Attribution-NonCommercial License, similarly releasing factual data (object dimensions, relevant dates, etc.) under a CC Attribution-Share Alike license


  • Tropenmuseum
  • has collaborated with the local Wikimedia community, to document materials in the museum’s collection (eg through photography) and upload this material to Wikicommons (see slides here)
  • and so have 45 other museums in the Netherlands; the full list is also available on the Wiki Loves Art website.

Wikipedia Loves Art