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GLAM Peak launches digital access to collection

Digital Access to Collections project

The Digital Access to Collections project is an initiative of GLAM Peak – the peak representative bodies of the galleries, libraries, archives and museums sectors in Australia – which began meeting in mid-2015, collaborating to enable people to access, use and build on our national collections.

Digital access unlocks collections held in large and small organisations, making them discoverable and available for everyone.


Imagine the difference it would make if Australia’s arts and cultural heritage collections were all easily available online. If, simply by taking a smartphone out of their pocket, turning on their PC or swiping their tablet:

  • artists could take inspiration from vintage designs and the works of master creators
  • teachers could bring Australian citizenship to life through objects and stories
  • researchers could discover the information they need to produce valuable new insights
  • families could explore their own histories
  • everyone, irrespective of socio-economic factors, diversity, location and disability could have the same opportunity to access collections online.

It is intended that all this can be achieved through the Digital Access to Collections initiative.


The Toolkit provides practical steps for volunteers and staff in small to medium GLAM organisations in Australia that are collecting digital items, undertaking digitisation, and providing online access to their collections.

Case Studies

The Case Studies section provides examples of how six diverse GLAM organisations around Australia are approaching digitising their collections and making them digitally accessible.

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