Open Culture

The Power of Open Culture

At Creative Commons, we truly believe in the power of open access to cultural heritage. This type of “better sharing” helps build and sustain vibrant and thriving societies.

Galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs) have been the gate openers to the world’s cultural heritage for centuries, and play a fundamental role for the communities that they serve. They provide resources and services for enjoyment, education, research, and the advancement of knowledge and stimulate creativity and innovation in the service of global sustainable development. By making their collections as openly accessible, shareable, and reusable as possible by the public — both on-site and online — they empower people, generation after generation, in offering them the scientific, historical, and socio-cultural resources to build a future for themselves and their communities.

Creative Commons Open Culture Program

Thanks to thegenerosity of Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, Creative Commons runs the CC Open Culture Program to support the development of a thriving open culture ecosystem among cultural heritage institutions and their users. Informed by our 2021-2025strategyand 20th anniversary campaign to ensurebetter sharingof knowledge and culture ( i.e. sharing that is contextual, ethical, inclusive, sustainable, purposeful and prosocial) and in line with our organization’s values of informed intention, global inclusivity, and agile leadership, our program is made up of four key components.


We actively take part inactivities改革版权制度,使文化遗产机构履行合法的公益性使命。这包括继续倡导在公共领域保留公共领域作品的非原创复制的重要性;鼓励有目的的政策话语赞美开放文化,以积极肯定开放获取和最大限度共享文化材料的重要性;并参与有关尊重和合乎道德地使用文化敏感材料的对话。


We play our part as stewards of the CC licenses and tools, in particular, thePublic Domain MarkandPublic Domain Dedication Tool, and strive to ensure they function properly in the cultural heritage sector.

Capacity Building

We support the transformation of cultural heritage institutions by offering training for GLAM professionals who want to engage with open access through theGLAM Certificate, as well as other training and consulting opportunities tailored to their needs.

We work with GLAMsand other cultural organizations to bring Creative Commons licences into their infrastructure to manage their materials and make them more widely available.

Community Engagement

We empower and contribute to building the Open Culture community and the Open GLAM movement. Discover theOpen Culture platformand join a network of dynamic GLAM practitioners and experts from all over the world (membership form and mailing list). We hold monthly meetings to share ideas, challenges and experiences and collaborate on activities to promote open access to cultural heritage globally. We also support theOpenGLAM Initiative, a community-driven project.

Get in touch

Want to know more about our activities and those of the Open Culture community? Join the Creative CommonsOpen Culture Platformby filling out thismembership formand joining ourmailing list.

For questions and requests, contact Brigitte Vézina, Director of Policy, Open Culture and GLAM, or Camille Françoise, Open Culture Manager,