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ECLAP 2012 Conference: Keynote Speakers

General Track
Marco Marsella
Marco Marsella is Deputy Head of the Unit eContent and Safer Internet of the European Commission Directorate-General for Information Society and Media. He coordinates Innovation (CIP Programme) and eContentplus Programme activities in the area of digital content. Prior to joining the eContent and Safer Internet Unit he has worked on EU research activities (RTD Framework Programme) on technology-enhanced learning where he has been responsible for coordinating research agendas, implementation of RTD Programmes and dissemination activities.

Educational Services for the Performing Arts
Heather Nathans
Heather S. Nathans is a Professor of Theatre at the University of Maryland’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies.  She is the editor for the University of Iowa Press’s series, Studies in Theatre History and Culture.  Her publications include: Early American Theatre from the Revolution to Thomas Jefferson (Cambridge University Press, 2003); Slavery and Sentiment on the American Stage, 1787-1861(Cambridge University Press, 2009; finalist for the 2010 Freedley Award); Shakespearean Educations: Power, Citizenship, and Performance, co-editor (University of Delaware Press, 2011); and Hideous Characters and Beautiful Pagans: Performing Jewish Identity on the Antebellum American Stage (under contract to the University of Michigan Press).  She is the author of numerous essays, book chapters, and reviews.  Nathans has held over twenty-five research fellowships including ones from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Folger Shakespeare Library with the National Endowment for the Humanities, the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, the American Jewish Archives, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Society for Theatre Research.  She is a member of the Executive Committee for the American Society for Theatre Research, an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society and the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the immediate past-president of the American Theatre and Drama Society.

New business models in the cultural heritage domain

Nikki Timmermans

Nikki Timmermans is attached to Kennisland as an adviser in the field of culture, heritage and new media. She focuses on organising social change, providing support to citizens, small organisations and professionals who aim to achieve innovative ideas. Nikki provides the Cultural Participation Fund (Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie) with media advice for the ‘Plusregeling’ scheme.

Nikki makes social change happen by bringing together trendsetters (Innovators Netwerk Erfgoedsector, Open Cultuur Data), guiding them in the development and implementation of innovative concepts (Digitale Pioniers, Academie voor Culturele Vernieuwers) and by initiating projects herself (Celluloid Remix, Wiki loves Art). She is interested in developing new forms of cultural production, distribution, participation and financing.

Nikki studied Media & Culture and Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam and the Humboldt University in Berlin, and graduated with a thesis on cultural phenomenology. She worked as a researcher for the Amsterdam School of Communications Research, where she researched the quality of the programming of the broadcasting organisation VPRO among other things. She also worked as a project manager for De Balie, working on a number of art, media and lifestyle festivals, and as a production assistant for the broadcasting organisation TROS.


Authoritative Metadata Vs User-Generated Content
How to enrich digital content ensuring metadata provenance in Multimedia Digital Libraries

Sarah Whatley
Professor Sarah Whatley is Director of the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University, UK. Her research specialises in the interface between dance and new technologies, dance analysis, somatic dance practice and pedagogy, and inclusive dance practices. She led the AHRC-funded Siobhan Davies archive project ( recently collaborated with the University of Surrey to create the Digital Dance Archives portal ( She is Editor of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Screendance.



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