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.
Nick Poole is Chief Executive Officer at Collections Trust, the UK professional association for people who work with collections in museums, archives and libraries. Nick is responsible for the leadership and direction of the Collections Trust, including supporting the development of standards in Collections Management, acting as a champion and advocate for open access to collections and supporting the development of cultural policy nationally and internationally.
Prior to joining the Collections Trust, Nick was a Policy Adviser at the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, where he supported the rollout of Internet access in public libraries and provided expert advice to the New Opportunities Fund Digitisation Programme. Nick took degrees in Languages, Historical Linguistics and the History and Philosophy of Science and has worked as a professional portrait painter.
Nick became involved in Europeana through the Culture Grid, the UK national aggregator for museums and libraries, which is run by the Collections Trust. He joined the Europeana Network (formerly the Council of Content Providers and Aggregators) first as an officer before becoming Chair in 2009. Nick has led consortia for several EU-funded programmes focussed on Europeana, including Europeana Inside, Partage Plus and the new Ambrosia: Europeana Food and Drink project. His mission is to open up collections for discovery, enjoyment and re-use to as wide an audience as possible.
Vera Kriezi is Head of the Cataloging Department and Technical Services-System Librarian at the Friends of Music Society, Music Library of Greece “Lilian Voudouri”.
Vera is responsible for overseeing the library’s cataloging system for their collection of books, serial publications, documents, audiovisual, and digital materials. She develops and implements strategies that enhance the use of the main catalogue, along with the digital collections and metadata schemas. Her job also involves maintaining the integrity of the library’s databases and digital repositories as well as improving policies to make collections more efficient for the end-users.
Vera has studied Librarianship and Information Systems in Greece and has a masters degree in Information Management from the University of West Scotland. Over the last 15 years, she has worked as a librarian and then as Head of the Technical Services Department. Her main concern is providing quality services to patrons and developing top-notch services for end-users. She is heavily involved in national and international digitisation projects concerning music and cultural heritage and this is where Europeana comes in!
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.
Dan Matei is the Director of the Movable, Digital and Intangible Heritage Department at the National Heritage Institute, Bucharest, Romania .
Dan is in charge of several national cultural databases such as the inventory of Listed Movable Heritage, National Registry of Archaeological Sites, union Catalogue of Rare Books etc., as well as the NHI’s aggregation of data for Europeana.
He has been involved with Europeana since the start of the Europeana Version 1 project in 2009.
Dan trained as a programmer at The Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest “a long time ago”. Then in the ’80s, he worked as a programmer/researcher at the National Informatics Institute. Between 1990 and 2011, Dan was director of CIMEC – Institute for Cultural Memory (now part of National Heritage Institute).
Pavel is Europeana’s Development Manager. He looks after the development team and is responsible for the technical coordination of Europeana and associated projects. In the Europeana Cloud project, Pavel coordinates the work on the new cloud-based infrastructure for the cultural heritage sector.
Pavel studied Computer Science and worked in the software industry for several years until something urged him towards the humanities and he started working on a doctorate in linguistics. These two aspects of his personality come together through his work at Europeana where he connects his technological experience with a passion for the humanities and culture.
Joris is Europeana’s Community Coordinator Cultural Heritage. He works with partners from the cultural heritage sector to build and strengthen their relationships and to help them to get real value out of their collaborations with Europeana. Joris can also often be heard waxing lyrical about the merits of open data.
Joris has studied theatre, film, new media and digital heritage studies in both Utrecht and Amsterdam. Before joining Europeana, he worked at the Open Knowledge Foundation and co-founded the OpenGLAM Network that promotes free and open access to digital cultural heritage. He continues to coordinate the OpenGLAM working group.
Valentine is Europeana’s Data Research and Development Coordinator. Her role involves advising, sharing knowledge and communicating Europeana’s scientific coordination and R&D activities to the Europeana Network. She also coordinates further development and adoption of the Europeana Data Model.
Valentine originally wanted to work as a librarian or archivist but during her studies she became familiar with and inspired by technologies that could bring solutions to problems which couldn’t be resolved in a more ‘physical’ environment. After completing a Masters degree in ‘New Technologies Applied to History’ and an internship at The European Library, Valentine joined the Europeana Foundation.