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Jane Finnis is Director of Culture24, a non-profit online publisher working across the arts, heritage, education and tourism sectors. She is the founder and Chairman of Culturemondo, the informal international network of people who are all developing, building and running online cultural services around the world.

Jane is responsible for the leadership, overall management and development of Culture24 and their family of websites including:
· Culture24, guide to arts and culture:
· Show Me, children’s guide to museums:
· Caboodle, new children’s collecting and collections project:

Culture24’s network includes 4,400+ UK cultural organisations (museums, galleries, archives, heritage sites & more) and their database holds information on their events, exhibitions, resources and collections. Over 2,000 organizations currently actively contribute data to their system on a regualr basis.

Culture24’s work is internationally recognized and respected. In April 2010 won ‘Museums and the Web 2010 Best of the Web Award’ (Long-Lived Site). In 2009 Culture24 was runner-up in the Nominet Best Practice Challenge Awards (Open Internet); shortlisted for the Good Web Guide’s Information Website of the Year and one of only three arts sites included in The Guardian’s ‘100 Essential Websites’ list. ShowMe has been Bafta and Webby nominated for Children’s Learning awards.

Jane has worked in the arts professionally since 1989, starting in artist film and video production then moving into arts management and artist commissioning. She is an experienced consultant, fundraiser and project manager and currently leads the delivery of the Museums at Night campaign in the UK. She is also one of 50 female leaders from across the UK chosen by Cultural Leadership Programme for 'Women to Watch' – a list celebrating women who are making a huge contribution to the UK’s rich cultural life.

Jane is often invited to speak both in the UK and internationally about digital opportunities and the cultural sector. Recent talks include:
PICNIC - Amsterdam, September 2010
Media Festival Arts - London, September 2010
Museums at the Web 2010, Denver
National Digital Forum, New Zealand, November 2009

Best of the Web History

2011 Vote
Smithsonian Web and New Media Strategy Wiki
2010 Nomination

Conference Attendance

I attended MW2011.
MW2011 Role
Program Committee Member
I attended MW2010.
MW2010 Role
Program Committee Member
I attended MW2012
Mw2012 role
Program Committee Member


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