Digital Cultural Heritage



May 19, 2015, at 8:00-9:30 o'clock
Location: Open Innovation House (OIH), Otaniementie 19, Espoo

In the Digi Breakfasts, Aalto university's key digi themes are discussed within the Aalto community and with outside stakeholders. The events are open for everyone.

Today our topic is how to make the collections held by libraries, archives, museums and audiovisual archives available online, and how this is a win-win for culture and research.

Digitalization of the cultural heritage of humanity is one of the pressing issues in the Information Society. As the keepers of the nation’s heritage, heritage institutions such as archives, libraries and museums are implicated not only in the safeguarding of the patrimony that tells history of the people, but also in how that history is narrated. In our contemporary world that mission has been rendered into a task that translates to more that being repositories of artefacts. Nowadays museums for example, are expected to provide a wide array of services, from the ubiquitous guided tours, to more challenging activities including sessions in which visually challenged patrons can handle 3D forms, such as sculptures, to activities in which young audiences might learn about ‘sonification’ techniques to render accessible visual works of art, to workshops where immigrants and first-generation citizens search to find a way to reflect themselves into the fabric of the nation. During this session we will hear from experts who are involved in this important work.

Today's event is also part of Aalto Festival


8:00 Breakfast is served
8:15 Opening by professor Lily Diaz Slides
8:25 Presentations:

  • Professor Eero Hyvönen: Publishing Cultural Heritage on the Semantic Web as Linked Open Data – Tools, Services, and Applications of the Semantic Computing Research Group (SeCo) Slides
  • Jukka Savolainen: Digital media in the museum - a tool for visitor engagement or material for collections (see video here) Slides
  • Hannu Häkkinen: Digital Cultural Heritage and the Picture Collections of the National Board of Antiquities: objectives and challenges Slides
  • Heli Kautonen: Access improved - Finnish culture for creative industries in Finna Slides

9:25 Wrap-up and next steps at Aalto

About the speakers and their presentations:



Eero Hyvönen ( is professor of semantic media technology at the Aalto University, Department of Computer Science, and adjunct professor of computer science at the University of Helsinki, Department of Computer Science. He directs the Semantic Computing Research Group SeCo ( specializing on Semantic Web technologies and applications. A major theme in his research during the last years has been development of the national level semantic web infrastructure FinnONTO ( and its application in different areas, such as Cultural Heritage. Eero Hyvönen has published over 300 research articles and books. With the SeCo group, he has got several international and national awards, including the State Award of Public Information, Semantic Web Challence Award (twice), World Summit Award (WSA), and Apps4Finland (three times). He acts in the editorial boards of Semantic Web – Interoperability, Usability, Applicability; Semantic Computing; International Journal of Metadata, Semantics, and Ontologies; International Journal of Semantic Web and Information Systems,  and has co-chaired and acted in the programme committees of tens of major international conferences (ESWC, ISWC, IJCAI, ICSC, EKAW etc.).



Jukka Savolainen (b.1976) is the Director of Design Museum, Helsinki (National Speciality Museum of Design in Finland). He has a long history in the museum and design fields, having forked previously as the Deputy Director and Exhibitions Curator at the Design Museum and as the Director of Research & Information at Material ConneXion in New York. Trained as an art historian at the University of St.Andrews in Scotland, his research interest’s span from contemporary design to national design policies and design driven decision making. He has written numerous articles on Finnish Design and global design trends and edited books on Finnish design and acted as a consultant for design events and businesses.



Hannu Häkkinen is a keeper at The Picture Collections of National Board of Antiquities. His main areas of responsibilities are Collection and Rights management (Copyright and Protection of Personal data), Cataloguing and Digitizing procedures specially related to Digitizing projects and public Web services. He is an administrator for –web ( service.



Heli Kautonen is Head of Services at the National Library of Finland. In this position she is responsible for managing B2B customer relations and collaboration in the network of Finnish libraries, archives, and museums. During recent years, she has been a member of LIBER Advocacy and Communications Steering Group, and she has represented the National Library of Finland in the steering group of Celia Library for people with reading disabilities. Her research interests are in the field of Human-Computer Interaction, and she is doing her PhD studies at the Aalto University School of Science. Her research focuses on strategic usability of public digital services in libraries, archives, and museums. For several years, she has led the Usability Working Group of Finna, which is the Public Interface of the Finnish Digital Library.

Aalto University is the leading university in Finland in the field of digitalization in the number of students, professors, publications or funding. In the field of ICT, Aalto belongs to the best 1% of all universities worldwide.

More information from: Ella Bingham, Digi Platform Manager, ella.bingham [at] aalto [dot] fi

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