Try Acrobatics – Late Night Obsessions (2017)

Album cover art of the Late Night Obsessions EP by Try Acrobatics

As a performer/musician (bass guitar, vocals), I contributed to this EP by my former electro-rock band Try Acrobatics. The record was recorded at Mailmen Studio, engineered by Iwen Legro & JJJ Sielcken, and produced by JJJ Sielcken.

Two tracks from the EP – Dance Dance & RSVP – are available on Bandcamp, under a Creative Commons – Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) license, along with other music by Try Acrobatics. The entire EP is available on Spotify and other major music streaming services.

I also documented the recording process in video for my YouTube channel.

[DUTCH] Open Nederland vraagt om feedback op haar reactie op het voorstel aanpassingen auteurswet

Als lid van Open Nederland, heb ik (een beetje, de eer gaat vooral naar Lisette Kalshoven en Maarten Zeinstra) bijgedragen aan de reactie van de vereniging op de internetconsultatie van de Nederlandse overheid over het implementeren van een Europese richtlijn die het auteursrecht in de Europese Unie aanpast. Open Nederland is nu op zoek naar feedback (deadline 30 augustus [UPDATE: deadline is verlopen]):

Creative Commons Nederland heeft met deze reactie vooral aandacht besteed aan de randvoorwaarden die nodig zijn om van onze licenties gebruik te kunnen blijven maken. Hieronder vallen o.a. aspecten als verplichte billijke vergoedingen en het voorstel voor bescherming van perspublicaties.


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[UPDATE: De uiteindelijke reactie is hier te vinden.]

[DUTCH] Oproep: reageer op de consultatie over de implementatie van de DSM-richtlijn

Als lid van de Werkgroep Auteursrecht Erfgoedinstellingen, heb ik bijgedragen aan een modelreactie voor de internetconsultatie over het wetsvoorstel waarmee de regering de DSM-richtlijn in Nederland wil implementeren. Erfgoedinstellingen en -organisaties worden opgeroepen om deze reactie te ondersteunen.

Het wetsvoorstel raakt erfgoedinstellingen direct omdat er artikelen in staan die het voor erfgoedinstellingen onder bepaalde voorwaarden mogelijk maken om auteursrechtelijk beschermde werken te kopiëren voor Tekst- en Datamining en voor preserveringsdoelen, en om out-of-commerce-werken te digitaliseren en online beschikbaar te stellen. De Werkgroep Auteursrecht heeft daarom een modelreactie opgesteld ter gezamenlijke ondersteuning door zowel branche- en belangenverenigingen uit de erfgoedsector, als door individuele bibliotheken, musea en archieven.


Voor meer informatie over de modelreactie en over hoe je de reactie kan ondersteunen (deadline: donderdag 29 augustus om 18:00 [UPDATE: deze deadline is inmiddels verstreken]), zie de website van DEN.

[UPDATE: De uiteindelijke reactie is hier te vinden.]

MozFest House: Public Spaces, Private Data: can we build a better internet?

Logo of the Mozilla Festival House

The PublicSpaces initiative and BBC Research and Development have worked together to organise this one day conference on Monday October 21th at MozFest House during Mozilla Foundation’s week-long open internet festival in London. I’ll be there, as a contributor to PublicSpaces.

The conference will explore ways in which we could make a new internet that strengthens the public domain and deliver public value online, in line with PublicSpaces commitment to providing an ecosystem of alternative digital tools that serve the common interest and does not seek profit.

You can join us, by registering here!

Inventory of Design and Digital Culture Archives (2019)

Cover of the Inventarisatie Archieven Design en Digitale Cultuur report

As an expert on digital culture, I was consulted by Het Nieuwe Instituut to contribute my advise on an inventory of important and threatened archives in the fields of design and digital culture.

The report outlines a policy perspective on the government’s task in relation to the preservation of archives in these fields. I was part of the digital culture working group (lead by Eric Kluitenberg & Klaas Kuitenbrouwer).

In their analysis, the design and digital culture work groups confirm the necessity of identifying relevant archives in both professional fields and making them accessible to the public. They also stress the essential importance of research and public access to legitimise the formation of the archives.

Excerpt from the report announcement on the Het Nieuwe Instituut website.

The results were presented to Barbera Wolfensberger, the ministry’s Director-General of Culture and Media in May 2019.

TILT: Storytelling platform (2019)

Screenshot of the mobile version of TILT.

As a concept developer and information architect at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, I helpt realize TILT, a mobile-first platform to publish and share high-end online stories about media. This platform was realized in collaboration with digital agency IN10.

Using the new storytelling platform Sound and Vision can now tell stories about media that fit the media usage of nowadays (snackable, mobile, visually appealing).

The platform provides an innovative way to tell stories, in both content and form. Using a system of vertical cards, from which contributors can build custom stories. This format was designed specifically for short attention spans, in vertical orientation, using a no-scrolling, but swiping interaction, and making use of visual language and visually appealing images.

To enable future possibilities for content integration (with our online collection for example), we made sure all stories can be tagged with subjects from our controlled vocabulary GTAA (Dutch).

Trivia: TILT was nominated for various awards, like the 2019 Museums and the Web GLAMi Award and a 2019 Webby Award.

Try Acrobatics – Sharp Moves & Dirty Minds (2011)

Album cover art of the Sharp Moves & Dirty Minds EP by Try Acrobatics

As a performer/musician (guitar, vocals), I contributed to this EP by my former electro-rock band Try Acrobatics. The record was recorded at Mailmen Studio and the Q-Factory, engineered by Martijn Groeneveld & Pim van de Werken, and produced by Pim van de Werken.

The EP is available on Bandcamp, under a Creative Commons – Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) license, along with other music by Try Acrobatics.

Cover art designed by Studio Vernie (© 2011).

Vote for our SXSW PanelPicker idea: Reclaim the Internet for the Common Good

Promotional banner for the SXSW PanelPicker community voting

As a contributor to the PublicSpaces initiative that strives to reclaim the Internet as a force for the common good, I have developed and submitted a proposal to the SXSW PanelPicker that is now live [UPDATE: voting is closed now] for community voting!

Many essential applications on the Internet, while being indispensable tools in our lives as economic and social citizens, have turned into vehicles for political control and economic profit. Citizens are no longer subjects, but objects. […] This panel discusses the Public Spaces roadmap for an alternative ecosystem that is being implemented and co-developed by a growing alliance. It also sheds light on the public outreach strategy of the initiative.

Excerpt from the panel description.

You can read the entire proposal here. Please consider supporting this panel by giving it your vote!

New website version 0.2

Screenshot of version 0.2 of this website.

This week I made good progress with this website (if I may say so myself).

First I settled on the Counter WordPress theme, as the fundament for the design and structure of this website.

Then I started hacking to make the thema a bit more to my liking. I altered the CSS to change the color scheme and fix some inconsistencies in how the different templates in the theme loaded (thanks to Maarten Zeinstra for some tips!).

I also added some PHP functions (like the_excerpt()) to change how post content loaded in category pages, because I wanted them to show an overview of posts first, and not the entire posts, like on the homepage of this website.

I’ll continue to add content over the coming weeks, to see how this may change the requirements for the design and structure of this website.

Open Images (2008-2015)

Screenshot of the website.

As a project manager and concept developer at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, I researched, designed, and developed the Open Images project as part of the mass digitisation project Images for the Future. This resulted in the realisation (development by André van Toly) – coordinated by myself and Maarten Zeinstra (working at Kennisland at the time) – of the open media platform Open Images.

The Open Images online platform enables the reuse of digitised audiovisual heritage through a clever combination of open source software, open web technology, Creative Commons licenses, open video formats, and a powerful API based on the OAI-PMH open standard. This has for example resulted in massive uptake of the material in Wikipedia, reaching millions of readers every month.

You can read more about the project here.

Trivia: In 2010 Open Images received a honorable mention from the Dutch Secretary of State Marja van Blijsterveldt-Vliegenthart (Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science) as a best-practice for open video applications.