Paul Keller is vice chair of Kennisland. Together with Chris Sigaloff he manages the Kennisland team. As senior copyright policy advisor Paul initiates new projects, advises governments, cultural heritage institutions and other organizations on open approaches to copyright policy, new media and innovation stategies. Paul is a frequent public speaker and lecturer both in the Netherlands and abroad. Paul is public project lead for Creative Commons Netherlands, Collecting Societies liason for Creative Commons international and a board member of iCommons an organization that promotes interoperability in the field of open content, open data and open knowledge. Paul is also member of the board of the Dutch non-profit organizationTrans Artists and of the advisory board of the Virtual Platform.
Paul leads Kennisland’s activities dealing with copyright, open access, digital heritage and new media. His primary expertise lies in the field of open content and open data licensing and with implementing open systems that promote access to knowledge. Paul has extensive experience in implementing open access strategies in complex organizations both in the Netherlands and on an European level. His current focus is on the cultural heritage sector where he works on opening up access to digitized collection and data about these collections. Paul is driven by a desire to strengthen the public domain and to enable innovation from the edges of the network.
Paul holds a masters’ degree in Comparative Political Science from the University of Amsterdam and from 2003 to 2007 he headed the Public Research programme at the Waag Society in Amsterdam. From 2004 to 2005 he also worked as researcher for ImagineIC.
Paul was born and educated in Hannover. He is a fanatical cyclist and has worked as cycle messenger in Hannover, Berlin, New York and Amsterdam (amongst others). In 1999 he founded the annual Anniek van Hardeveld Memorial Race.
Paul enjoys travelling (preferably to cities that start with the letter B), photographing the things he encounters on his travels, cooking and he is addicted to letters (as in books, magazines, newspapers and loose pamphlets). Paul lives in Amsterdam together with his partner and their daughter.