Our “Friends of OpenGLAM” Network unites individuals and organizations supporting the cause of OpenGLAM in Switzerland. – Interested? Join us now!

By becoming a “Friend of OpenGLAM” as an individual you decide to act as an advocate of OpenGLAM in Switzerland and to give our movement a face (or one of many faces so to say). Members of the “Friends of OpenGLAM” network will be listed on our website, so that they can be contacted by people in their environment who would like to learn more about OpenGLAM. Word of mouth among peers is indeed very important for the propagation of the values and the practices related to OpenGLAM.

By joining the network as an organization you publicly commit yourself to the OpenGLAM principles (if you are a heritage organization) and help us secure the long-term financial foundation of our activities, most notably the organization of the annual Open Cultural Data Hackathon and our involvement in surrounding events (hackdays, pre-events, workshops, and outreach activities at various other events).

How to become an individual member?

In order to become a member of the OpenGLAM Network as an individual you need to join the “opendata.ch” association by signing up here and by paying the annual membership fee, which currently is fixed at 60 CHF (20 CHF for students). As soon as you have officially become a member of the opendata.ch association, let us know so we can list you as a „Friend of OpenGLAM“.

How to join as an organization?

Organizations which would like to become a member of the network pay an annual membership fee of 1000-2000 CHF (smaller organizations with up to 25 FTE) or 2000-5000 CHF (larger organizations with 25 FTE or more), respectively. In the first two years of the network’s launch (2017 and 2018), the exact amount of the membership fee is at the discretion of the individual organization. In the following years, the board of the opendata.ch association may fix a specific amount for the different categories of organizations.

Organizations paying the annual membership fee of the “Friends of OpenGLAM” Network are entitled to become members of the opendata.ch association without paying an extra membership fee if they choose to do so (presently, ordinary organizational members of the opendata.ch association pay an annual fee of 450 CHF).

If you are representing an organization which would like to become a member of the network, please contact us at info@openglam.ch .

Motivation

The “Friends of OpenGLAM” Network was launched in 2017 in order to give the members of the OpenGLAM movement in Switzerland more visibility and to provide a long-term financial foundation for our activities given the increased difficulties encountered in our yearly fundraising effort for the hackathon. In fact, some of our recurrent sponsors have announced that they will not be able to support the hackathon on a regular basis in the future, which adds another touch of urgency. If the financial situation allows for it in the future, we would also like to develop further activities, and we are looking forward to involving you – the members of our network – in our planning process.

While membership in the network is not a requirement for institutions who would like to make their data available for the annual hackathon, we strongly encourage regular data providers to also support us by officially becoming “Friends of OpenGLAM”. But this is not an obligation; if you are able to make your data available as open data, but are presently unable to join the network for whatever reason, we are still happy to advertise your data in the context of the hackathon.

Where is the current list of the “Friends of OpenGLAM”?

As the network has just been launched in June 2017, we are planning to publish a first version of the list of “Friends of OpenGLAM” towards the end of summer 2017.