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Portrait of Jonathan Beck

Jonathan Beck

Founder Scan the World United Kingdom Cultural Heritage

My background stems from the relationship between digital technologies and the arts. With this, and through integrating my passions for open heritage data and democratisation of new technologies led me to start Scan the World, now the largest community-built archive of 3D printable objects of cultural significance.

I strive to keep my project's approach and outcomes open, having hosted a plethora of workshops and public talks to serve as an evangelist for OpenGLAM and the maker communities. It is with this community that I have been enabled to disrupt institutions and allow anyone to engage with the arts. Two objects from the Scan the World collection have recently been acquired by The Victoria and Albert Museum for the upcoming reopening of the Cast Courts, exhibited as a prime example of what museums can do with open 3D data.

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