VM_LeadbeatersPossumThe launch of MUSEUM VICTORIA COLLECTIONS portal has opened up public access to the Museum’s collection records and images.

“As well as providing lots of information, there are more than 150,000 images on the site. Over 80,000 were taken by our own MV photographers and staff… In addition, 31,000 more images are shown as being in the public domain, which means that there are no known copyright restrictions on their use”. Explore our collections 24/7

When large collections of images and data are made available by institutions online it’s important to be clear about re-use rights. The MV image collection includes Public Domain, CClicensed and all rights reserved items in addition to the CC licensed data that accompanies an item. At the item level rights information is prominently featured and the Museum website’s Rights page clearly communicates the emphasis on providing public access and promoting reuse.

The GLAM (Galleries Libraries Archives and Museums) sector spends $2.5 billion per year. Eighty percent of that is funded by government. Australia’s collections number some 100 million objects (not including archival material). Only 5% are on display at any time and only 25% of this is digitised GLAM Innovation Study 2014

Museum Victoria’s initiative shows how creating digital collections and facilitating access and re-use through open licensing can help public institutions engage with users and the community.