Saturday, March 28, 2009

Looking at Open Content

One of the biggest fears museums face when looking into social media is that of losing control by opening up their content. Over at Smithsonian 2.0, Michael Edson posted about a couple of events that he feels may help the Smithsonian to embrace the idea of open content: 1. The faculty at MIT just voted to "mandate open access distribution of their scholarly articles." 2. U.S. Congressman Mike Honda (D-San Jose) guest blogged on the O'Reilly Radar Blog, stating, "Instead of viewing the public as a customer for services, I believe that we should empower citizens to become our partners in shaping the future of our nation."

How about in your museums? What are the fears of social media? How is the question of open content being addressed?

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