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.

Open Images (2008-2015)

Screenshot of the www.openimages.eu 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.