My dream for Europeana is that we start to see our cultural heritage being re-used in places that we might otherwise not expect, for example in location-based mobile apps or interactive games. I believe that we should always serve our users on the platforms that they are already using, there is no point in reinventing the wheel by building new services when they already exist with active user bases.
I hope we can achieve my dream by actively reaching out to app and game developers, and make it interesting for them to re-use the aggregated content via our API. In the end, all of our partners should benefit by this, in terms of increased exposure for their institutions and, more broadly, by raising public awareness of our shared culture and heritage.
In addition, my dream is that we can use the power of crowdsourcing to enrich the data that we collect. For example by adding tags and descriptions to photos that lack meta-data and by identifying objects that lack a description. In the long term, crowdsourcing and the development of interactive games might even be used to create relationships between objects held in different institutions.
I think that Europeana is in the ideal place to develop these kinds of mechanisms.
I imagine myself facilitating people to discover Europe’s cultural heritage online, and to use it for generating new knowledge and resources in an open way. One of Europe’s biggest strengths is its background of cultural diversity. Let’s make it open and available to everyone, so we all can use it as knowledge fuel for future generations, and can benefit from it.