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Why Reinvent The Wheel Over And Over Again? How an Offline Platform Stimulates Online Innovation

Bart Grob, Museum Boerhaave; Lotte Belice Baltussen, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision; Lieke Heijmans, Knowledgeland; Ralph Kits, DEN Foundation; Pepijn Lemmens, Netherlands Architecture Institute; Edith Schreurs, Van Gogh Museum; Nikki Timmermans, Knowledgeland; and Erik van Tuijn, Gemeentemuseum, The Netherlands

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Abstract

In this paper, the case of an innovative Dutch think tank for the cultural sector is described. The Heritage Innovators Network (INE in Dutch) is unique in the Netherlands. INE is an offline platform created by and for cultural heritage professionals from institutions like the Netherlands Architecture Institute, Science Museum Boerhaave, Van Gogh Museum, National Archive and The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. Every month creative thinkers from these cultural heritage institutions come together and discuss current topics on online innovation in their sector, such as crowdsourcing, interaction with the public, rights issues related to providing on-line access to collections and Creative Commons. The discussions and results of these sessions have successfully influenced and spread innovative ideas and solutions for cultural institutions. The INE is an offline platform created for and by cultural heritage professionals. The project network is initiated by Knowledgeland and has been made possible by and has been carried out within the scope of Images for the Future, one of the largest digitization efforts in Europe to date. This paper will focus on how a bottom-up approach leads to a think tank for innovative solutions for cultural heritage institutions.

Keywords: innovation, organizational change, collaboration, multi-institutional, sharing knowledge

Why reinvent the wheel over and over again? How an offline platform stimulates online innovation

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In this paper, the case of an innovative Dutch think-tank for the cultural sector is described. The Heritage Innovators Network (INE in Dutch) is unique in the Netherlands.

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