Cultural Heritage Data Reuse Charter – an outline

In between the Berlin and the Paris meetings, I prepared an outline that aims at showing what is intended  with the Charter. It also wants to invite to a further dialogue regarding the development of the Charter. Don’t hesitate to post comments or e-mail the address below!


The Cultural Heritage Data Reuse Charter is developed in order to frame the conditions of
collaboration between Cultural Heritage Institutions and scholars. It simplifies information
retrieval and transactions related to the scholarly use of cultural heritage data.
The Charter is an online environment that allows one to declare their commitment to the
reuse conditions expressed for each collection or object registered in the Charter. The key
elements each of the parties commits to in terms of access, use and reuse are to be found
As a trusted network of stakeholders, it generates reciprocate awareness and raises visibility
and transparency.


The stakeholders the Charter addresses are: Cultural Heritage Institutions, Cultural Heritage
Labs, Researchers, Data Centers and Research Institutions.
Cultural Heritage Institutions are considered in their function as curators of
collections and objects in their physical form and as potential primary initiators of
corresponding digital surrogates, from basic descriptions (catalogues of collections,
metadata for specific objects) to more elaborate outputs (scans, 3D models, physical
analyses, etc.)
• Primary data can be hosted by CHIs or by Higher Education Institutions like
universities, but they are in many cases curated by dedicated Data Centers. These
Centers play a key role in guaranteeing the stability, the visibility and the long time
availability of the primary data.
Cultural Heritage Laboratories have a high-level expertise in Cultural Heritage. They
give essential insights into Cultural Heritage history, technologies, environment, and
Researchers are invited to sign in person, independently from the institution for
which they are working at the time they sign the Charter. However, academic
institutions (departments, universities, research institution or funding agencies)
wishing to sign the Charter are welcome to do so as well.
The Charter environment allows these actors to declare general principles (common work
ethics), and more broadly all the relevant information needed to understand how a given
dataset can be reused. It allows them to get in contact with partners they would want to
work with.

Development framework

The Charter is conceived to complement, not replace, existing infrastructures and
catalogues. The initiative comes from DARIAH but strives for a wider involvement of a
community of interest that includes for instance infrastructures like CLARIN-EU, E-RIHS,
Europeana and affiliated projects such as HaS, IPERION-CH, EHRI, PARTHENOS.
The Charter is neither a substitute to CHI content catalogues nor a copyright clearing
environment. It provides information on reuse, recommendations and links to content that
might be of interest for the user (catalogues, license information, etc.).
Several workshops are conducted in the Winter 2016-2017, primarily but not only with CHI
representatives, in order to tackle technical as well as conceptual issues. Interviews with
scholars are conducted in parallel. A first prototype for the web environment will be
available in the Spring of 2017.

Cite this blog post
Anne Baillot (2016, November 22). Cultural Heritage Data Reuse Charter – an outline. Digital Intellectuals. Retrieved May 28, 2024, from

Anne Baillot

I am a Professor of German Studies at Le Mans Université. My areas of research include German literature, Digital Humanities, textual scholarship and intellectual history.

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2 Responses

  1. Anne Baillot says:

    The initiative is European, but open to all! There is no reason for you not to go for it and use it, like anyone around the globe can.

  2. This is meant to be only for European Institutions?
    I think I saw a talk on this at #DH2017, but would love to learn more about it and see if it can be replicated/adapted in LatAm

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