2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

100 Years of Oversharing: Tools for Time Travel

#sxsw #timetravel


A typed journal from WWI passed on through generations fuels a young man's dreams of time travel and allows us to explore the power of personal stories and photos. Together with archival collections, these items take us through space and time, and the magical ability of cultural memory institutions to help individuals bring these incredibly compelling dreams to life. The World Wide Web provides the cultural, technological, and legal frameworks to open the doors to innovation and imagination, and also enables libraries, archives and museums the world over to play a critical role. We explore some of the diverse efforts to bring stories and memory to life in new ways, while also fostering open data and preservation, and the pros and cons at the intersection of public domain and private enterprise.



Heather Champ

Community & Content


Heather Champ built her first homepage in 1994 and has worked online ever since. Enamored with photography, she created The Mirror Project, a website that celebrates self-portraiture, and cofounded JPG Magazine, the photography magazine made by its community. Heather led the community team at Flickr from 2005 — 2010 and in 2012 year joined Findery, a startup that makes places come alive. She never leaves home without a camera or three.


Johan Oomen

Mgr R&D

Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

Drs. Johan Oomen is head of the R&D Department of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision and researcher at the Web and Media group of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Since 2012, he is elected as Network Officer for Europeana and board member of CLICK-NL.
His PhD research at the VU University focuses on how active user engagement can help to establish a more open, smart and connected cultural heritage.
Oomen holds a BA in Information Science and an MA in Media Studies. He is General Secretary of the international DIVERSE network on the use of media in higher education. He has worked for the British Universities Film and Video Council and the RTL Nederland. Oomen has given talks at leading conferences, published numerous articles in journals and is lecturer at the ICCROM training course Sound and Image Collections Conservation.


Jon Voss

Strategic Partnership Dir


Jon is the Historypin Strategic Partnerships Director at We Are What We Do, a global not-for-profit behavior change agency. He's helping to build an open ecosystem of historical data across libraries, archives, and museums worldwide through his work with Historypin and as the co-founder of the International Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives & Museum Summit. Jon leads Historypin's involvement in global initiatives such as Europeana Creative and a two year Mellon-funded project with Stanford University: Crowdsourcing for Humanities Research.


Rachel Frick

Dir, Digital Library Federation


Director of the Digital Library Federation. Librarian by trade.
Hangs out with coders, catalogers, Open GLAM-ers.
Helped out with the Digital Public Library of America. Lover her hound dog and rockibilly music.

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