My dream for Europeana for 2020?
By 2020 there will be four or five billion people online, more than half of humanity, seeking an education, striving to improve, and driven to understand, enjoy, and shape their cultures. Will Europeana be a tool for them? A mirror? A commons where they gather to understand themselves and each other?
The Internet is different than what came before: everyone can consume, but just as easily, everyone can also contribute, teach, and share. The Internet, like culture, is read and write: that’s where its greatest power comes from, and that’s where Europeana’s greatest power will come from too.
I dream of a Europeana that’s loved and used all over the world because it speaks, and listens. Because it is alive. Because it is ours.
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.