Kate Zwaard

Library of Congress

Kate Zwaard is the Director of Digital Strategy at the Library of Congress where she is fostering the digital transformation of the world’s largest library to connect with users.

In 2017, she spearheaded the launch of LC Labs, a small team charged with incubating innovative projects and serving as an inviting human interface to the Library’s digital services. Kate joined the Library in 2012 as an engineering manager, leading the team building the Library’s digital repository and serving as a technical advisor to curatorial groups who work with Library digital collections.

Before coming to the Library, Kate was a principal member of the Chief Technology Officer’s staff at the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), leading a team for the digital preservation data architecture. Prior to her federal service, she worked in the community banking field. Kate has published and written widely on topics ranging from software development to digital preservation.

10:00 (am) Sunday, Nov 4th

Katherine Maher

Wikimedia Foundation

Katherine Maher is the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that supports Wikipedia and its sister projects. She is a longtime advocate for free and open societies, and has lived and worked around the world leading the introduction of technology and innovation in human rights, good governance, and international development. Katherine has worked with UNICEF, the National Democratic Institute, the World Bank, and Access Now on programs supporting technologies for democratic participation, civic engagement, and open government. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Human Rights and a fellow at the Truman National Security Project.

09:30 (am) Sunday, Nov 4th

Ernesto Miranda Trigueros

Mexican Ministry of Culture

Ernesto is a writer and cultural promoter. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Literature from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a Master’s degree in Digital Humanities from King’s College London. He has been a Getty Foundation fellow and has been a grantee from the Mexican Government.

Currently, he is the head of the Digital Strategy Office at the Mexican Ministry of Culture. Ernesto has collaborated with several public cultural institutions developing projects and strategies for research, preservation and dissemination of culture, throughout analog and digital outputs.

Talk Title: Opening conversations: Mexican Ministry of Culture and Wikimedia Foundation Memorandum of Understanding
09:45 (am) Monday, Nov 5th

Loic Tallon

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York

Loic Tallon is Chief Digital Officer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, where he leads digital transformation and the Digital department for one of the largest cultural institutions in the world.  His responsibilities include management of all public facing digital platforms, content production and collections information.

Each year the Digital department serves over 31 million online users through the museum’s website, over 100 million users on third party platforms (including Wikipedia!), manages all content related to the museum’s 440,000 digitized artworks, and oversees online revenues totaling over $20M.

Prior to joining The Met in 2013, Loic was a ran a digital strategy consultancy that worked with institutions including the MFA Boston, The Whitney Museum, The National Gallery (UK), the Imperial War Museum (UK) and the Louvre Abu Dhabi (UAE).

Talk Title: If Wikipedia is the answer, what was the question?
09:00 (am) Monday, Nov 5th

Vania Ramírez Islas

Mexican Ministry of Culture

Vania is a visual communication and new media specialist. She has worked in institutions of the cultural sector such as the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Institute of Anthropology and History and the Ministry of Culture, where she currently works for the Digital Strategy of Culture. She holds a master’s degree in Design, Art, and New Media. She is a member of academic networks for the preservation of cultural heritage and academic seminaries on art and design.

Talk Title: Opening conversations: Mexican Ministry of Culture and Wikimedia Foundation Memorandum of Understanding
09:45 (am) Monday, Nov 5th
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