This last session of eCommons3 brought different perspectives on stage about the future of the commons, and more precise, the mass digitization efforts that precede it. Hans Westerhof (director of the Images for the Future program) reviewed the achievements of the project, and which lessons can be drawn from it. He did this in two consecutive presentations, the second of which he did in lieu of Martin Berendse (director of the Dutch National Archives), who got stuck on a Polish airport.

Hans Westerhof: keynote ‘Images for the Future: Achievements and Lessons Learned’

Hans Westerhof: keynote ‘Lessons learned on access to digitized audiovisual material’

Another perpective was provided by Marjan Hammersma (Director General Culture & Media, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science), who supported the project from the very beginning. Apart from being graceful for the achievements of the project, she also acknowledges there are things to be desired, mainly regarding broad public access. In her presentation, she clearly states much of that is due to the inadequacies of the current copyright system, that doesn’t cater for the demands of modern day (online) society.

As a last perspective before moving to the final panel discussion, Bernt Hugenholtz put his finger on a couple of sore spots regarding copyright policy and the extent to which that limits the ambitions and possibilities of mass digitization projects. His presentation was followed by a discussion with all speakers from this session, supplemented by Paul Keller (Kennisland) and Sandra den Hamer (EYE), who we’ve both seen in Session 1.

Bernt Hugenholtz: response

Panel ‘Strategy & Agenda for the Future’