SCuLE Launches the GLAM-E Lab

This project works with smaller and less well-resourced UK and US cultural institutions and community organisations to build open access capacity and expertise.


Dr. Andrea Wallace, Dr. Mathilde Pavis and Gary Stringer (Exeter) in partnership with Michael Weinberg (Engelberg Center) and Jason Schultz (NYU Law School)

The Lab Participants include the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Black South West Network, New York State Museum, Nomad, and Insider Art.

Sponsor: Arts and Humanities Research Council (£327,000)

Project length: 3 years

About the Project

GLAM-E Lab establishes an interdisciplinary and cross-border digitization clinic at the University of Exeter Law School and Digital Humanities Lab and the NYU Law School Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy with local cultural institutions and community organisations, and students in Humanities and Law. With heritage sector collaborators in both the US and UK, GLAM-E Lab will research, support and publish case studies, data and workflows of smaller and local initiatives, which will be more transferable for similarly placed cultural institutions and community organisations in many areas of the world.

The Lab will explore what existing resources and platforms can be adapted to the needs of smaller and less well-resourced institutions and organisations to close gaps in expertise related to knowledge, law and technology. These might include legal, technical and ethical issues related to:

  • rights clearance and intellectual property rights management of material cultural heritage;
  • intellectual property rights and open access frameworks for digital cultural heritage;
  • the design of cultural permissions and access parameters (or prohibitions) through extensive consultation with communities of origin;
  • 2D and 3D digitization of complex objects;
  • virtual and immersive technologies;
  • intangible cultural heritage and oral histories;
  • knowledge production, equity and narratives around cultural heritage;
  • contractual and licensing agreements with third-parties;
  • privacy, confidentiality and data protection;
  • and the creation, management and sustainability of community archives.

Within this, the Lab will also explore what new opportunities flow from open access programs that may lead to new connections or revenue generation for sustainable digital initiatives.

Photo: Jason Scott, CC BY