Declaration of PHM's Open Policy

The Polish History Museum is fully committed to the use of digital-technology to provide free and easy access to all its products and activities. PHM strongly emphasizes a “sunshine” approach of full disclosure to its methods of operation and decision making and thereby encourages full access on the part of all interested parties. Whenever possible, PHM will provide access to its sources and collections, its documentation of exhibitions, promotional activities, research results, academic publications, educational materials and books. PHM protects its public domain and provides legal documentation that facilitates secondary uses of its content.  Free licensing from the Creative Commons is encouraged to the extent practicable.

To carry out its Open Policy, PHM has adopted the following rules:
1.    Digital information about publications (metadata) and exhibitions is transferred to the public domain by use of a Creative Commons 0 declaration.
2.    The digital publications with expired copyright made available by PHM with the stipulation that they are in the public domain as denoted by the Public Domain Mark. PHM seeks to discourage the practice of appropriating content in the public domain by making secondary uses of content as accessible as possible.
3.    PHM attempts to publish material created by exclusive use of open formats which enable automatic processing.
4.    Educational, academic and other materials subject to copyright are published when possible under open licensing through Creative Commons with preference for free licenses.

The implementation of its Open Policy rules will allow PHM and its constituencies broad and effective development, diffusion and utilization of content created or financed by PHM. PHM envisions that the application of these rules and described technical standards will add substantially to PHM’s effectiveness and will meet important needs of PHM constituencies.

PHM’s Open Policy is indispensable to its mission as a national cultural institution. It sets an enlightened course for future organizational development. By applying the Open Policy by eliminating the barriers of physical distance, as well as legal and technical limitations on secondary uses of content, PHM will maximize public participation in the full spectrum of its programs, an excellent example being improved access for the disabled, those in remote areas and Poles living abroad.