Lightning talks

Douglas McCarthy holds an MA in Art History and has worked internationally in museums and archives for almost twenty years. In his current role as Collections Manager at Europeana, Douglas fulfils its mission to ‘transform the world with culture’ by creating compelling narratives with digital collections to be freely shared, reused and remixed. He writes regularly about open access for Europeana Pro and has interviewed leading professionals from institutions such as the Musée de Bretagne, Pinakotheken, Wellcome Collection, Slovak National Gallery and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Douglas is an active member of the global Open GLAM community and collaborates with many organizations such as Creative Commons, and the Wikimedia Foundation. He leads an international survey of open access policy and practice in the GLAM sector with Dr Andrea Wallace and writes about this work on Medium. Douglas is the founder and co-editor of the Medium publication Open GLAM and he has been an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Digital Media Management since 2012.

Marjan Grootveld is senior policy officer at DANS: “Data Archiving and Networked Services”. DANS is the Netherlands Institute for permanent access to digital research resources. Marjan is involved in consultancy and training on FAIR and Open research data management and participates in international projects such as FAIRsFAIR and OpenAIRE. She is also a reviewer for the CoreTrustSeal certification of trustworthy digital repositories.

Thunnis van Oort is a media historian who specializes in the history of movie going. He is a researcher at CREATE (Creative Amsterdam: An E-Humanities Perspective) at the department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam and part of the Amsterdam Centre for Cultural Heritage and Identity. Before joining the Create-team, he coordinated and taught the Theatre and Media Studies track at University College Roosevelt. Previously he taught at Utrecht University, Vrije Universiteit and the Open University. In 2015, he visited Antwerp University as a Marie Curie Pegasus research fellow endowed by the Flanders Research Foundation (FWD). He wrote his PhD cL dissertation at Utrecht University on the emergence of cinema exhibition in the Catholic South, as `) part of the NWO project ‘ Cinema, Modern Life and Cultural Identity in the Netherlands, 1895-1940’. He is editor of the only media historical journal in the Dutch language area: Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis / Journal for Media History. He is also editor of the next edition of Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences, which focusses on research on datasets in the performing arts and media.

Marcus Cohen is a senior consultant at DEN, the Dutch national knowledge institute for culture & digitalisation. He finished his studies at Delft University of Technology on artificial intelligence and architectural design (1990). As an engineer he prefers a practical approach: “let’s start building”. He works on projects related to connecting data and developing a digital infrastructure for the arts and culture. Furthermore he works on ENUMERATE the operational framework for statistical data about digitization, digital preservation and online access to cultural heritage in Europe. Previously he worked in the performing arts.

Edda Japing has an M.Sc. in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Leiden. She was a project member with the FES Digitization project at natural history museum Naturalis, helping to digitize 37 million objects. After Naturalis she worked for a few years as a web developer, specializing in websites for cultural institutions. Currently she is employed as Process Coordinator Digitization at the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History, where she provides procedural support for projects which involve digitization. She was the shared project lead for Artists4all, and is currently busy with a new project on Digital Archiving.

David Molander is a Swedish born visual artist that works with digital photo- and film collages and animation. He collects hundreds of photos and film clips, or images from digital archives that he dissects and digitally transforms into multilayered compositions. His work puts emphasis on new relationships between visual traces of social environment, links between time and space, living memory and the humans within it. Molanders artworks are exhibited in galleries and institutions for art and for built environment globally and he his works are in collections and public places in Sweden, United Kingdom, Switzerland and USA.

Brigitte Vézina, intellectual property and cultural heritage advisor at Brigitte Vézina — Law & Culture, is the copyright advisor to Europeana and a fellow with the International Law Research Program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), where she is analyzing the international intellectual property protection of cultural heritage. Past experience includes a decade as legal officer at WIPO, working on intellectual property and cultural heritage issues, as well as copyright and trademark-related work at UNESCO in Paris and with the Montreal-based intellectual property law firm Robic. Brigitte holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LL.B.) from the University of Montreal (2002) and a Master’s in Law (LL.M.) from Georgetown University (2005, with distinction). She is a member of the Quebec Bar (2003).