Open Cultural Heritage

**Location:** Inspire Auditorium
**Date & Time:** Thu 20, 16:00 – 17:30


Michael Edson is the Director of Web and New Media Strategy at the Smithsonian Institution, an organization spanning 28 museums and research centers, a zoo, and 6,000 employees active in over 100 countries. In addition to developing the Smithsonian’s first [Web and New Media Strategy]( and its multi-award winning [Web and New Media Strategy Wiki](, Michael helped create the Smithsonian’s first blog, [Eye Level](, and the first Alternative Reality Game to take place in a museum, [Ghosts of a Chance]( Michael is also the driving force behind the [Smithsonian Commons concept]( which aims to make hundreds of millions of resources freely available for users to build upon. Michael is an [O’Reilly Foo Camp]( veteran and was named a [Tech Titan 2011: person to watch]( by Washingtonian magazine.


Harry Verwayen is the Business Development Director at [Europeana](, Europe’s biggest cultural heritage data portal.