Image: Lizzy Jongma at “Zugang Gestalten”, Berlin 2013 (Video)

While most museums and academics still prefer the noncommercial flavour of the Creative Commons Licence (if they use it at all), Rijksmuseum data manager Lizzy Jongma presented a different mindset: Consciously offering digital reproductions in high quality to encourage re-use.

Some quotes from her talk at the conference „Zugang gestalten“:

„one of our tasks of a museum is to inspire artists to create new art. […]

If they want to have a Vermeer on their toilet paper, I’d rather have a very high-quality image of Vermeer on toilet paper than a very bad reproduction” (Taco Dibbits) […]

we are so happy with whatever people do with our collection“