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Merete’s Dream

Merete Sanderhoff is a curator of digital museum practice at Statens Museum for Kunst, the National Gallery of Denmark, which is the oldest and largest public art collection in Denmark. She works to provide free and unrestricted access to the museum’s public domain digitised collections – approximately 200,000 pieces of art. As a public cultural heritage institution, the museum aims to make those assets available and useable to everyone. Merete also participates in initiatives to facilitate access to and creative re-use of high quality images and data in new contexts, defined by user needs.

Merete is an art historian (MA from Aarhus University 2005) with no formal tech background or training, but since she started learning about digital technologies and social web culture, she has been convinced of their potential to enhance the outreach and scale of cultural institutions. “We’re a national gallery and as such we are obligated to reach and be meaningful to an entire nation. But when we’re online and use open standards and open licences, our collections and knowledge can reach the whole world”, says Merete.

Merete has been involved with Europeana since 2012 when she was invited to a strategic meeting on the Europeana Culture Commons, to present a pilot project of Danish art museums collaborating to build a shared mobile platform based on openly licensed images. Since then she have been involved in various workshops and meetings, acting as an ambassador for Europeana in the Danish cultural heritage sector, and to help develop Europeana as a shared platform of open content, knowledge and tools.

Richard’s Dream

Richard Ranft is Head of Sound and Vision at the British Library. He oversees the department that builds, curates and preserves the UK’s national collections of music, sound and audiovisual media, making the collections and expertise accessible to researchers from all disciplines, and engaging the public with enriching and enjoyable cultural experiences.

Having joined the British Library in 1984, Richard worked for many years building up its huge collections of natural and environmental sounds, then managed the audio technical department. Before all that, he got to know the sounds of the natural world by studying zoology at London University.

Richard got involved with Europeana as a board member of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) which represents the audiovisual sector across research archives, libraries, broadcasting organisations and museum collections for the Europeana Foundation. One of the IASA’s missions is to improve access to Europe’s sound and moving image content via Europeana.