Category Archives: Speakers Hamburg

Friederike Fankhänel

With a diploma in Visual Communications (University of Fine Arts of Hamburg) and experience as a freelance designer, stylist and art educator, Friederike explores the boundaries of traditional museum education and its look. Linking the exhibitions to DIY and crafting, fashion blogging and social media, she hopes to inspire the visitors’ own interest in and creative uses of the art and design collections. Friederike and her colleagues develop guided tours, workshops, participative exhibition parts, interactive and digital content with a focus on offers for all-ages and all-abilities and a preference for interdisciplinary collaborations. Visit Studio MKG to see selected projects.

Douglas McCarthy

Over the past fifteen years, Douglas has worked in national museums, private art collections and picture libraries in a variety of roles: photo studio manager, digital curator, archivist, picture researcher and registrar. The binding elements in Douglas’s career to date are his passion for visual culture and and his keen intellectual curiosity. Since joining Europeana in early 2016, Douglas has established Europeana Art as an engaging collaborative platform for Europe’s art collections and audiences everywhere. Notable achievements in this role include assembling an expert Advisory Board, curating and writing the major exhibition Faces of Europe, and developing a three-month Art Nouveau season (Feb-May 2017) led by a Art Nouveau exhibition which is the highest rated product in Europeana’s history. Douglas is currently preparing the launch of Europeana Photography, expected June 2017.

Philipp Geisler

After studying Art History and Social and Economic History, and a non sequitur career in software development, Philipp Geisler has been living his passion for the virtues of open data and the possibilities of civic tech at Code for Hamburg and the Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland. He incorporated his other passion for art and creative expression as project manager for 2016’s open cultural data hackathon Coding da Vinci Nord. He keeps working on providing new ways to invite new audiences to engage with their (digital) cultural heritage in creative ways to realize its true potential.

Helene Hahn

Helene Hahn is working on different aspects of the knowledge society and the digital world. She devoted herself to the protection of digital human rights and civic participation made possible by the use of technology and open data. At the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany she works as a project lead and is responsible among others for the data literacy program “Datenschule (School of Data Germany)”. As a cultural scientist she is passionate about (digital) cultural heritage. She is a Co-Founder of the cultural hackathon “Coding da Vinci”.

Sarah Powell

Sarah Powell is currently the Rights Specialist at Auckland War Memorial Museum where the philosophy towards access and reuse of their digitised collections is “open by default, closed by exception.” Her role consists of managing rights and permissions for digital images of collection and providing clear and consistent statements for online visitors. She has also been involved with implementing a cultural permissions statement which is assigned to images of Māori and Pacific objects, ensuring ethical and cultural considerations are taken into account alongside legal considerations. She has recently completed a Masters in Museum and Heritage Studies from Victoria University of Wellington where she focused on the adoption of the Open GLAM philosophy within New Zealand cultural heritage institutions.

Barbara Fischer

Barbara is an art manager, aiming to make things possible together. That means intermediating since 1994 among different stakeholders: Institutions and artists, public and organisational pretensions, economic needs and financial limits or for five years now connecting galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM) with volunteers out of the Wikiverse. Thus enhancing GLAM to join the Open Culture movement as in Wikimedia projects. Like the GLAM hackathon Coding da Vinci, which she outlined with DDB, digiS and OKF.

Ellen Euler

Dr. Ellen Euler, LL.M., is Deputy Director of Finances, Law, and Communication of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek and Director of the think tank “Cultural heritage digital”. As she studied law and has an additional qualification in information law from the Institute for information, telecommunications and media law (ITM) and a master of laws degree in IT law & law of intellectual property from the course “European Legal Informatics Study Programme” (Eulisp), she is an expert in the (copyright) legal questions of our digital cultural heritage, as well of the economic aspects associated. As national Project Lead she was responsible for the national adaptation of the Creative Commons licenses 1.0. In numerous publications and lectures she handles the topic of how the legal framework must be designed so that archives, libraries and museums can adequately fulfil their respective institutional tasks in the digital and networked era (including articles on legal aspects of Web harvesting, digital long-term archiving and visual catalogue proof, as well as on digital deposit copy right). To merge and accompany the German discourse on cultural heritage in the digital world initiated the series “Cultural heritage in the digital world”, whose first edition “A Future for the Past” was published in 2015.

Merete Sanderhoff

Sharing is Caring: How Starting Small Can Change the (Museum) World

Sharing is Caring started small in 2011. But the idea behind it was big and bold from the beginning: To share digitised cultural heritage is a palpable way to care about it. When cultural heritage is open, people are free to participate in defining and shaping how to use it. It becomes part of their everyday life, like tools in their hands. In that sense, by opening up and sharing cultural heritage, we safeguard its relevance and value.
Since the small beginnings in 2011, the openness movement has grown and spread across the cultural heritage sector and rendered
Sharing is Caring more relevant than ever. Today, it’s evident that our job is not done with creating access to our digitised collections. Our societal role is changing into that of facilitators: Helping people understand that cultural heritage belongs to us all, and that everyone can use it for their own creativity and learning.      

Merete Sanderhoff is Curator and Senior Advisor at Statens Museum for Kunst where she is working with open access and creative re-use strategies for the museum’s digitised collections. She initiated the international Sharing is Caring conferences, and has published substantial research in the area of digital museum practice. Merete also serves on the Europeana Association Management Board and Members Council.

Simon Tanner

Professor of Digital Cultural Heritage at King’s College London

Simon is the Pro Vice Dean for Research Impact and Innovation in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, King’s College London, and a senior academic in the Department of Digital Humanities. His research interests encompass measuring impact and assessing value in the digital domain, digital asset management, digitisation and imaging.

His particular research focuses upon:

  • The value and impact of the digital domain
  • Digitisation and digital cultures
  • Economic, social and cultural informatics
  • Open Access and Open Content
  • Sustainability and economic viability for digital collections in memory institutions such as libraries, archives and museums.

His areas of research with the strongest international impact are, first, the economic realities and Open Access/Content strategies for digital content in cultural heritage and second, the Balanced Value Impact Model. He has also carried out extensive research in digitisation working with partners in Africa (e.g. Archbishop Desmond Tutu) or projects such as the Dead Sea Scrolls imaging.

Jan Nikolai Nelles

Artist, Berlin

Jan Nikolai Nelles is a multi-disciplinary artist. His artistic practise oscillates between different fields such as visual and media art, documentary filmmaking and cultural activism. He graduated from Offenbach University of Art and Design in 2011. In the past he founded an independent ‘project space’ in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, and co-founded a photography magazine.

Since 2009 Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles work together as a collective, based in Berlin. Their pieces deal with issues arising through hegemonic and neo-colonial power structures and representations between the Global South and North as well as with the various facets of war and its aftermath. The works interfere in social infrastructures by misbehaviour performances or challenges institutions. The collective pursues a critical re-evaluation of actual cultural commons, the power of representation through material objects of other cultures, their digital image as well as the concepts of heritage and identity politics.

Their works got granted by several institutions like Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Goethe-Institut, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (IfA), German Federal Foreign Office and European Cultural Foundation (ECF).