Ad Polle, Senior Projects Coordinator UGC at Europeana Foundation
From the war to the web | The Europeana 1914-1918 project
History isn’t just about what museums and institutions think is important, it’s also about what real people lived through and experienced. People of all ages from across Europe have contributed over 50,000 photos of objects, scanned letters and diaries viawww.europeana1914-1918.eu. By collecting personal memorabilia and stories from WW1, and combining it with institutional collections, the digital innovation service Europeana aims to create an engaging user experience.
Ad Pollé has dedicated his professional as well as his personal life to cultural heritage. He has a background in book publishing, audio-visual archiving and restoration. In 2012 he joined Europeana to help provide access to Europe’s digital heritage as a member of the Distribution and Engagement team, focusing on user generated content. He currently manages the Europeana 1914-1918 and Europeana 1989 projects. Being Dutch he likes to make long bike trips all over Europe, trying to combine this with his controlled melomania and culinary curiosity.