The Heritage Data Reuse Charter
Improving access to cultural heritage data is one of the major data management challenges in the field of arts and humanities. The heritage data reuse charter (also known as cultural heritage data reuse charter) aims at fluidifying the exchanges of information between heritage institutions and researchers.
The basis of the charter is a moral contract, the Mission Statement all stakeholders must adhere to. It comprises of six core principles: Reciprocity, Interoperability, Citability, Openness, Stewardship, Trustworthiness. The charter will be realized in a web environment designed to support smooth end-to-end communication between the different stakeholder groups involved in cultural heritage knowledge creation. Key elements of this environment would include conditions of access and reuse (e.g. license information) for each collection or object registered in the heritage data reuse charter as well as contact information to the person responsible for specific datasets. It is currently under development.
For information on the partner infrastructures, projects, institutions and developments around the charter visit the Heritage Data Reuse Charter blog.