Open culture re-use

These are little projects where I have experimented with open digital cultural heritage.

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Laser cutting: As my first ever laser cutting experiment I wanted to try both engraving and cutting, so I ended up designing a set of coasters with graphics engraved on them. I wanted to make the coasters simple and graphic yet different from one another to see better how the engraving turns out.  The original graphics I found from theBritish Library’s Flickr, which is a collection of over million reusable public domain marked images.

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Vinyl stickers: I decided to create a name tag for my computer with my first name initial letter. There is plenty of scanned graphics and typography in Europeana, for example in the public domain marked collection of letters by the British Library. They can be vectored and then used to create stickers with the vinyl cutter.

Collages are probably among the most simple examples of creative reuse of digital cultural heritage – yet the end results can be incredibly diverse. This set of collage illustrations was made for a publication by AvoinGLAM introducing and guiding Finnish cultural organisations towards openness. See the publication here (in Finnish).

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Image sources: The Finnish Museum of Photography/FlickrThe Maritime Museum of Finland/Flickr.

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Image sources: Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland/FlickrMuseum of Contemporary Art Kiasma/FlickrSatakunnan museoThe Finnish Museum of Photography/Flickr.

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Image sources: Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland/FlickrÅbo Akademi University Library/FlickrFinnish National GalleryAalto University/FlickrArchives of the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE/Flickr.

Read more about open culture reuse in the Redesign your cultural heritage! blog that we updated during the Europeana Creative project.

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