New contents, new relations, new horizons
16 Oct 2017
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon

The internet, digital media and digitization have brought profound changes and opportunities for the cultural sector, both for the professionals working in it and the people with whom they interact, visitors and users in general.

The Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands was one of the first to seek to adapt to this new world, questioning its position, overcoming fears and reservations and embracing an open access policy. Another museum that made a difference is the Staten Museum for Kunst, Denmark, which will be represented at our conference by keynote speaker Merete Sanderhoff. Both have left their mark on the practices of the European and international cultural sector and both evaluate very positively the results of this option.

The digitization of museum collections and other cultural collections has reached an unprecedented scale. It is therefore important to question how institutions and the public themselves can create new content and new activities, from these virtual objects and all the information associated with them. It now seems clear that, in addition to investing in the democratization of access to heritage and culture, institutions must foster a critical and creative appropriation of the content they bring online.

How do Portuguese cultural institutions face this new reality? What is being done to create the conditions for open access? What are these digital resources and who are they for? What doubts persist? What concerns? We invite professionals from museums, libraries, archives and other institutions to jointly reflect on these and other issues still related to the open access policy.

Note: There will be simultaneous translation Portuguese-English / English-Portuguese. If you are interested in attending and do not live in Portugal, please contact us: geral[at]

Registration fees
Normal: €30; Student/Unemployed: €25; Access Culture members: €20


9 am: Reception

9.30 am: Opening

9.45 – 11 am: Keynote speaker: Merete Sanderhoff, Statens Museum for Kunst (Danish National Gallery)

11.00 – 11.30 am: Coffee break

11.30 am – 1 pm: Roundtable discussion
Merete Sanderhoff (National Gallery Denmark), David Santos (Direcção-Geral do Património Cultural), Eloy Rodrigues (Universidade do Minho), Silvestre Lacerda (Direcção-Geral do Livro, dos Arquivos e das Bibliotecas)
Moderadotor: Alexandre Matos

1.00 – 2.30 pm: Lunch

2.30 – 4 pm: Seminar on copyright and the Creative Commons licences with Mafalda Sebastião and Teresa Nobre

3.30 – 4 pm: Coffee break

4 – 4.45 pm: Collections in open access. We’re looking for arguments

4.45 – 5.30 pm Presentation of the project RTP Archives
Hilário Lopes

5.30 – 5.50 pm Reporting on the day
Teresa Duarte Martinho

5.50 – 6 pm Closing