Paul Keller is director of Kennisland. He and Chris Sigaloff form its board of directors and lead the organisation on a daily basis. Paul initiates new projects, advises governments, cultural heritage institutions and other organisations on copyright policy, open data and open innovation strategies. On behalf of Kennisland and public cultural heritage institutions, he advocates for more flexible copyright policies that better align with the needs of an inclusive digital society. Paul is public project lead for Creative Commons Netherlands, a board member of Creative Commons International and a board member of the Europeana Foundation.
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 designing open systems that promote access to knowledge. Paul has extensive experience in implementing open access strategies in complex organizations as well as influencing policy making related to these fields. Paul is an expert in questions related to the digital public domain and one of the founders of the COMMUNIA association for the public domain. His current focus is on the cultural heritage sector where he works on opening up access to digitised collections 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 Waag Society in Amsterdam. From 2004 to 2005 he also worked as researcher for ImagineIC.
Paul was born and raised in Hannover, Germany, where he studied social sciences before he moved to Amsterdam in 1998. He is a dedicated cyclist and has worked as cycle messenger in Hannover, Berlin, New York and Amsterdam (amongst others). In 1999 he founded the annual Annick van Hardeveld Memorial Race.
Paul enjoys travelling, photographing the things he encounters on his travels and cooking. He is addicted to letters (as in books, magazines, newspapers and loose pamphlets) and maintains the worlds largest collection of flyers advertising the services of African clairvoyants. Paul lives in Amsterdam together with his partner and two daughters.