Track 1: Collaboration
Session 1. Network relations
Artur Serra Hurtado
Artur Serra Hurtado (1954 Spain) is Deputy Director of i2cat Foundation, a research center dedicated to Future Internet in Barcelona based in a public-private partnership model. Recently, his group at i2cat has started a strong collaboration with the European Digital Cultural Network (DCNET) in several projects in the area of cultural heritage: INDICATE, European e-Infrastructure for Cultural Heritage and LINKED HERITAGE, creating linked data content for Europeana. In 2011, he organized a first workshop connecting both communities, DCNET and EnoLL, creating the eCulture area at EnoLL, where he is member of its Board. As anthropologist, Dr. Serra has worked since the 90s in connecting the digital network to the citizens through community networks and living labs. In 2006, the European Network of Living Labs recognized i2cat as the first Spanish living lab. In 2007, he has started Citilab, the European first citizen laboratory.
Gary Hall is Professor of Media and Performing Arts and Director of the Centre for Disruptive Media at Coventry University, UK. In 1999 he co-founded the open access journal Culture Machine, which was early champion of OA in the humanities. In 2006 he co-founded Open Humanities Press (OHP), the first OA press dedicated to contemporary critical and cultural theory, which currently has 14 journals in its collective. An OHP monograph project, run in collaboration with the University of Michigan Library's MPublishing, was launched in 2009. His current projects include Living Books about Life, a series of over twenty OA books which provides a bridge between the humanities and the sciences. Produced by a globally-distributed network of writers and editors and open to ongoing collaborative processes with readers, the books in the series repackage existing open access science research by clustering it around selected topics whose unifying theme is life, understood both philosophically and biologically.
Session 2. End-user engagement
Multimedia artist Paul Manwaring founded Glimworm IT BV in 2001 with partner Jonathan Carter. A former Hollywood Art Director, he shifted his focus from traditional to new media bringing unique insight into the creative process of software, web and app development and design. He holds degrees in Art and Philosophy from Penn State University and is an adjunct professor at Webster University Leiden where he has taught media studies for nearly 10 years. He has, along with his team at Glimworm, won several industry awards including the Gold Prize for Apps4nl, 2012.
Mirko Tobias Schäfer
Mirko Tobias Schäfer is Assistant Professor for New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Utrecht at the Department for Media and Culture Studies. Mirko studied theater, film and media studies and communication studies at Vienna University (A) and digital culture at Utrecht University (NL). He obtained a magister (master) in theater, film and media studies from the University of Vienna in 2002, and a PhD from Utrecht University in 2008.From 2000 to 2002 Mirko was organizer and cocurator of [d]vision - Vienna Festival for Digital Culture. After his graduation from Vienna University he went to Utrecht University (NL) as a junior teacher/researcher, and wrote his dissertation on participatory culture. Mirko is co-editor of the recently published volume Digital Material. Tracing New Media in Everyday Life and Technology. He publishes on modified electronic consumer goods, software development and the socio-political debates on information and communication technology. Recently, his book Bastard Culture! How User Participation Transforms Cultural Production has been released by Amsterdam University Press.
Jonathan Carter co-founded Glimworm IT BV in 2001 with partners Paul Manwaring, Marten Hoekstra and Colin Williams. At 15 his professional career began as a game programmer. After more than 10 years of innovative experience Jonathan was asked to join CMG's prestigious Advanced Technology Department consulting for blue chip companies. Eventually, he shifted his attention to new media and created Glimworm, bringing his talents to the world of web development. With nearly 30 years in the industry his list of accomplishments is huge including everything from project management to robot building and he continues to keep on top of new developments by constantly evaluating emerging technologies.
Track 2: Open Culture
Session 1. Re-use of data
Lars Lundqvist is head of new media development at the National Heritage Board, Sweden. He is leading a team focused on linked open data which includes development of SOCH aggregator (Swedish Open Cultural Heritage - ksamsok.se), platforms for digital storytelling (platsr.se), UGC, promoting use of cultural heritage data, licensing and IPR issues. His work is based presumption that on that the digital change is profound and need new perspectives and mindset for cultural heritage institutions. Lars has a background as archaeologist and was involved in introduction of computer based archaeological field documentation (GIS).
Marcin Werla since 2004 is leading the Digital Libraries Team in Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center in Poland. The team supports cultural heritage institutions in digitisation and on-line publishing of collections, and is also responsible for development and maintenance of Polish Digital Libraries Federation metadata aggregator. Marcin is strongly involved in the cooperation between Polish cultural institutions and Europeana, including participation in projects like EuropeanaLocal and EuropeanaAwareness. He also participated in the design of two widgets based on the Europeana API, deployed currently in Poland, and was co-organizer of two Hack4Europe events. His professional interests include digital library architecture, the integration of resources of distributed digital libraries, and software engineering, especially software product management.
Nikki Timmermans is a consultant at the Knowledgeland foundation. Her work focuses on creating social change, providing support to citizens, small organisations and professionals who aim to achieve innovative ideas in the cultural domain. She is founder of the Innovators Network Heritage sector and Open Culture Data network. She acts as project manager for Images for the Future and Creative Commons Netherlands.
Session 2. Legal
Ms. Martin-Prat is Head of the Copyright Unit in the Commission Internal Market Directorate General. Her Unit is responsible for the development and enforcement of the EU "acquis" in the area of copyright and related rights as well as for international negotiations in bodies such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Before joining the Copyright Unit, Ms Martin-Prat was already a Head of Unit in DG MARKT. Prior experience in the Commission includes being a member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Joaquin Almunia and other posts in DG MARKT (dealing notably with copyright and with e-commerce).
Benjamin White is the Head of Intellectual Property at the British Library. He has a background in publishing having worked for Pearson Education internationally, as well as for Ordnance Survey. He is active in the Intellectual Property field within the UK having sat on a number of bodies including the BBC's Creative Archive Advisory Board, the UK Government's Creative Economy Programme (Competition and Intellectual Property), i2010 Digital Libraries Programme, CBI Intellectual Property Board as well as the Institute of Public Policy Research's Advisory Board on Intellectual Property and the Public Sphere. He currently chairs the copyright group of the Council for European National Librarians; he sits on the UK Intellectual Property Office's Copyright Research Expert Advisory Group and is a member of the advisory panel for the Digital Copyright Exchange Feasibility Study.
Yvo Volman (1965) is deputy head of the 'Access to Information' unit in the European Commission. Yvo studied at the Universities of Amsterdam and Strasbourg and holds a PhD in European law awarded by the European University Institute in Florence. Before joining the European Commission in 1998, he worked for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs in the areas of industrial and technology policy. Since 1998 he has been working for the European Commission, where he has dealt with legislative and strategic issues as well as funding programmes related to the information market.
Toby Bainton spent the first part of his career working in university libraries, most recently as the director of the library of the University of Reading (60 km west of London). He then became (1995-2010) the chief executive of the association of UK and Irish university librarians, SCONUL. He is now senior policy adviser for Information Sans Frontieres, a group which works to promote favourable laws and policies for cultural institutions, especially in the European Parliament, the Commission, and the Council of Ministers.
Pascal Ennaert is a critical but enthusiastic observer of the cultural heritage field. After a brief career as a history teacher, he worked for ten years as an advisor to the Flemish minister of culture. He was responsible for the cultural heritage policy in Flanders and introduced new, well-received legislation affording fresh opportunities for a growing heritage sector. Since January 2010 Pascal Ennaert has been the coordinator of the Vlaamse Kunstcollectie, an umbrella organization for the international objectives of the Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten van Antwerpen (KMSKA), the Museum voor Schone Kunsten van Gent (MSK) and the Groeningemuseum in Bruges. He was seminal to the development of the new thematic VKC websites dedicated to James Ensor, to George Minne and to the Flemish primitives.
Paul Keller copyright policy advisor and vice-chair of Knowledgeland, an Amsterdam based think-tank focussed on innovation in the knowledge economy. Paul is an expert on open content and data licensing with a special focus on the cultural heritage organizations, the music industry and the creative industries. He is public project lead for Creative Commons in the Netherlands and serves as Collecting Societies Liaison for Creative Commons International. Paul is also coordinating the copyright related aspects of Images for the Future one of the biggest digitization projects for audio-visual heritage in Europe and he is one of the the architects of the licensing framework for Europeana, the European Union funded online aggregator of Europe's cultural heritage. Paul is member of the board of iCommons, an organisation promoting open education, access to knowledge, free software, open access publishing and free culture communities around the world. He also sits on the advisory board of the Virtual Platform, the sector institute of the Dutch eCulture sector and is a board member of the TransArtis a knowledge centre on cultural mobility, with a strong focus on artist-in-residence opportunities.
PTim is Managing Director of Brightsolid Online Publishing, one of the leading publishers of family history data in the world. He has a background as a Corporate Lawyer with Baker & McKenzie but moved into business via a Finance Masters at LBS and a spell in the Corporate Finance Division of Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Tim became involved in media as Head of Business Development at the multi-channel TV operator Flextech Television, a role which involved transactions with BBC Worldwide in UK TV and a number of new media ventures. Brightsolid is a digitiser, licensor and licensee of large amounts of data and Tim's role at Brightsolid has included negotiating with the British Library and Publishers to digitise and publish large volumes of UK newspaper archive and to re-launch Friends Reunited as a memorabilia destination.
Federico is an economist, with multidisciplinary research interests focused on the intersection between law, economics and technology. From 2008, he is the first Managing Director of the NEXA Research Center for Internet and Society at the Politecnico of Torino, an independent research center focusing on quantitative and interdisciplinary analysis of the force of the Internet and of its impact on society. His research activity at the NEXA Center mainly concerns new models of production and sharing of digital contents, including the ecosystem around open data. He also taught intellectual property law at Bocconi University in Milan and he is an associate editor of the IJCLP. He has an undergraduate degree in Economics from Bocconi Univ. and a master's degree in Economic theory and econometrics from the Univ. of Toulouse. He holds a Ph.D. in Institutions, Economics and Law from the Univ. of Turin and Ghent with a dissertation about software interoperability. From the beginning of 2010, he is a member of the working group of Regione Piemonte that created the first official open government data portal in Italy: dati.piemonte.it. He also coordinates the policy support working group of the EVPSI research project, focusing on the regional dimension of public sector information, and he is a member of the LAPSI European thematic network on the legal aspects of PSI.
Track 3: Innovative Technologies
Session 1. Research and Development
He is Senior R&D Engineer at the BBC, where he is currently working on the ABC-IP TSB project, aiming at unlocking archives by automatically interlinking them with related datasets. He has been working on the bbc.co.uk/programmes service, publishing structured data about all BBC programmes. His thesis was entitled ‘A Distributed Music Information System', and defined a framework for applying a range of Semantic Web technologies for managing and distributing music-related information.
Mark Hall is a research assistant with the Information School at The University of Sheffield, UK, currently working on the PATHS project. His research interests focuses on computationally modelling human behaviour to improve man-machine communication. He completed his masters at the University of Klagenfurt, Austria, with a dissertation on automatic data-integration algorithms, before moving to Cardiff University, Wales for his PhD on the automatic interpretation and generation of spatial language. I then spent ten months working at The National Archives, the United Kingdom's national archive, developing systems to automatically geo-locate their historic data-sets. His current work at the Information School focuses on developing user interfaces for navigating large cultural heritage collections.
He is Executive Director of Historypin, the crowd-sourcing project created by his non-profit organisation, We Are What We Do. Historypin sets out to bring people together, from across different generations and communities, to share and explore their cultural heritage.
Nick Stanhope will also be speaking in the second session, covering "Innovative Technologies: Product Development"
Session 2. Product Development
Petr Pridal is the CEO of Klokan Technologies GmbH, a Swiss company offering software development services and customization of open-source projects to culture heritage institutions. Within the last years Petr has stood behind many great software applications: Georeferencer, MapRank Search, IIPImage JPEG2000, MapTiler, WebGL Earth or Gdal2Tiles. Recently he participated on the launch of a global federated geographical search engine indexing historical map collections worldwide, the OldMapsOnline.org.
Christopher Murphy and Nicklas Persson
Christopher Murphy and Nicklas Persson teach interactive design at the University of Ulster, Belfast, where they have been active in promoting a web standards-based curriculum for over a decade. As tweed-clad duo The Standardistas they write and speak regularly on standards-based web design and the importance of improving web design education. Authors of the seminal beginners' guide 'HTML and CSS Web Standards Solutions – A Web Standardistas' Approach', they've written for a variety of publications, including The Manual, 24 Ways, and .net magazine, in addition to their own, design-focused journal (www.webstandardistas.com)