Speaker: Jon Pratty
April 9-12, 2008
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Speakers: Biography

Jon Pratty

Head of Content
Office 4
28 Kensington Street
BN1 4AJ United Kingdom

Jon Pratty is Head of Content at Culture24, publishers of Britain's National Virtual Museum, the 24 Hour Museum. Jon has a degree in Fine Art and has worked in the museum and gallery sector since 1984. In the 1990's Jon retrained as a journalist and established himself as a feature and news writers for Connected, the technology section of the Daily Telegraph. Jon has also written features and news about technology, the net and culture for the Sunday Times, amongst many other publications.

Jon joined the 24 Hour Museum in January, 2001, and has since been responsible for creative and editorial direction of the site. This included building a national student writer network and in 2003 devising, with SSL Ltd, the UK's first dedicated museum and gallery RSS news feed service.

Visitor statistics to 24HM have doubled every year for the last three years - currently reaching one million visitors per month. 24 Hour Museum wins awards regularly, including the BT New Statesman new media award in 2002 and 2005, and a Best of the Web award at Museums and the Web 2003 in North Carolina. Jon is a committee member of the Museums Computer Group, a core group member of the Semantic Web Think Tank, a judge and steering group member of the Jodi Awards (for accessible museum websites) and has served on the working group for Museums and Galleries Month since 2001. He is on the program committee for Museums and the Web 2008.

Jon will present Semantic Dissonance: Do We Need (And Do We Understand) The Semantic Web?. [Mini-Workshop]