About

The company was formed in 2008 by Kate Fernie and became a limited company in 2013; the company changed its name to 2Culture Associates Ltd in 2014.

Meet the team

Kate Fernie is an experienced professional with a background in Archaeology, museums and of information management, standards and digitization projects in the cultural heritage sector.

From 2004-2006 Kate was ICT Adviser at the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council where she gained experience of the policy area, European funded ICT initiatives, digital libraries and service developments to promote and widen access, and was project manager for the CALIMERA, MINERVA, BRICKS and MICHAEL projects.  She joined MLA from English Heritage where she was responsible for promoting standards and systems for heritage information management to over 100 local authorities in the UK.  During a 3-year secondment to the Archaeology Data Service she produced on-line learning resources, was editor to a series of best practice guidelines and was coordinator to the Historic Environment Information Resources Network.   Since 2008 she has worked as an independent project manager, specialist adviser and editor working for the Italian Ministry of Culture, the European Digital Library Foundation, as Digital Preservation Specialist at the UK’s Parliamentary Archives and as a project manager for MDR Partners.

Her professional experience includes building networks and partnerships, promoting standards in creating and using digital resources, digital preservation, the online digital cultural heritage and uses of digital cultural resources in education and research. Her qualifications include a B.A. in Archaeology and Anthropology from Cambridge University, an M.A. in Museum Studies from Leicester University and an M.Sc. in Applied Landscape Archaeology from Oxford University, and qualification as a Prince2 practitioner.

Sheena Bassett has been involved in European Research projects for over twenty years covering a range of research topics from IT metrics and evaluation methodologies (at GEC-Marconi), rights management (with the Frankfurt Book Fair), quality labels for digital content and most recently with digital content and metadata for the cultural heritage sector (for MDR Partners).

After starting out as a scientific programmer and then progressing into research, Sheena worked as a Senior Consultant at Pira International for many years where she provided consultancy and market research for financial institutions, the Europeana Commission and blue chip companies mainly in the areas of paper, printing, packaging and publishing and nanotechnology. She was also responsible for procurement and management of public funded research projects.

Sheena’s professional experience includes project management, development of IT applications and services along with the provision of industry research and statistical analysis. She has a BSc. In General Science from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, H.C. Opto-electronics from Northumbria University and an MBA (specialising in information technology management) from City University.

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