The Open Heritage Foundation is a registered non profit organization that seeks to extend the reach of Open Movement Activities in the Global South with the aim of preserving intangible cultural heritage with the documentation of underrepresented knowledge resources, initiating and supporting programs and international media campaigns with an emphasis on bridging the digital cultural divide.


Access to arts conference

Access to Arts conference was a Summit about the open access movement with the artists of North India at Punjab Lalit Kala Akademi Gallery in Chandigarh district. The event is powered by Punjab Lalit Kala Akademy, Punjab Arts Council, the Open Heritage Foundation and the Wikimedia Commons community group. The conference featured tracks on Wikimedia Commons, Creative Commons licenses and open access partnerships done throughout Wikimedia movement globally. There was a panel talking about Indian and US Copyright law and how artists can release their work with creative commons licenses and why they should provide open access to their work. The artists got an open opportunity to interact with the panel. Members from the field of arts and GLAM Staff were invited. This conference initiated an open dialogue with contemporary artists and art lovers and presented an opportunity to broaden their horizons about the big Open movement in India and the respective role that the Wikimedia and Creative Commons Community plays in it.


We are supporting the Wiki Loves Folklore project in collaboration with Wikimedia Commons community to document the intangible cultural heritage of different regions with the theme of folklore in the international photography contest at Wikimedia Commons. Images, videos and audios representing different forms of folk cultures, including but not limited to folk dances, folk music, folk activities, folk games, folk cuisine, folk wear, folklore and tradition, ballads, folktales, fairy tales, myths, legends, traditional song and dance, folk plays, games, folk arts, folk religion, mythology and more along with new forms of heritage that haven’t otherwise been documented so far are welcome submissions in Wiki Loves Folklore. 


We support a GLAM-Wiki project that focuses on the creating OER resources and cultural documentation in collaboration with heritage GLAM institutes and community. Galleries, Museums, archives and Libraries have an excellent source of rich content of local Culture, architecture and history but little or no such resources are available online. We work on developing and disseminating Open Education Resources by making Public Domain ebooks freely available in downloadable format by digitization of rare books, manuscripts, paintings by digitization from the government museums and libraries. 


2019 and 2020

We support global Wikipedia campaigns for promoting gender and cultural diversity on the internet. Till now, our campaigns have covered over 4200 Wikipedia articles about women and queer artists and personalities from folklore professions, mythologies and cultural diversity with a special focus on closing the online content gender gap.