Maija Ekosaari is specialist in cultural heritage information with some 20 years of experience working in and with museums. She has worked for the Finnish National Gallery and the National Board of Antiquities in Helsinki, as well as Museum Centre Vapriikki and Tampere Art Museum in Tampere, Finland, taking part and managing several national and international projects concerning museum informatics, collections development policies, and museum strategies.
Maija has studied in Finland and in the United States, and holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design, and MA in Art History. At present she is pursuing a PhD in Tampere University of Technology in the Department of Information management, researching the documentation, accessibility, and usability of the museums’ collections information. She is enthusiastic about disseminating the results of the latest research, and putting theory to practice. She believes in the possibilities of participatory working and crowd intelligence.
Maija Ekosaari joined ICOM and CIDOC (Documentation Committee) in 1996, and has served in the Board of ICOM Finland both as a Secretary and currently as a Vice Chair. She was a Board member and the Secretary of ICOM/CIDOC for the term 2013 – 2016. Among other activities, she has been organizing international conferences and summer schools.
On her free time, Maija loves travelling, cooking, fashion and playing football with the invincible team of Tampere museums: FC Museohuuhkajat. She also spends plenty of time in the football tournaments and swimming competitions thanks to her two sons. She speaks Finnish, her mother tongue, and is fluent in English and Italian. She has a working knowledge of Swedish and French, and is always eager to learn new languages.
Trilce Navarrete is currently lecturer at the Erasmus University where she teaches the application of economic theory to understand the arts and culture. She joined the Cultural Economics and Cultural Entrepreneurship Program in 2016.
Previously, Navarrete was Pos-doc researcher at the University of Southern Denmark where she contributes to RICHES, a PF7 EU funded project about innovation and change in the European society. Specifically, she is working on an economic analysis of the impact of digitization and of taxation in the production, distribution and consumption of culture.
Navarrete was responsible for the first national documentation of the economic historic of digital heritage, focused on Dutch museums, which formed the base for her dissertation. The book entitled ‘A History of Digitization’ is available at http://hdl.handle.net/11245/1.433221. She holds an MA in Cultural Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and an MA in Museum Management from the University of Oregon.
Navarrete has been involved in European digital heritage statistics projects (NUMERIC and ENUMERATE) and is currently part of the evaluation committee to build a digital heritage infrastructure in the Netherlands, projects commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Culture.
Trilce Navarrete is a specialist in the economic and historic aspects of digital heritage. As researcher of digital heritage (17 years) with focus on economic changes brought by a digital work form (13 years), Navarrete has been driven by an interest to support access to heritage materials, through supporting evidence based policy towards facilitating (re)use of heritage knowledge. Areas of interest include the impact of new technologies to access heritage knowledge (mediated consumption), the economics of digital heritage, national digital heritage accounts, metrics of online interactivity and digital content management systems.