Tomi Ahoranta, MA, Development Manager, has graduated from University of Tampere in 2005 majoring Finnish history and minoring general history, political science and international relations. He is working at the National Archives of Finland in information service, recognizability and research, and development work. His favourite thought is that the primary goal of all previous generations of archivists has been getting the information into the archives whereas the primary goal of this generation should be getting it out and into people’s everyday use.
“Releasing the cultural heritage in a way intended in Time Machine is almost as time-consuming as it is groundbreaking. Therefore, all decision-makers on both national and European levels should spend a moment learning about the project and making up their minds about the importance of it. If we start in 2021, most of us would still be in a position to see the fruits of our work. In the chain of generations, our task should be making this vast digital leap happen and ensure that our successors can make their careers in further-developing new services built on the digital cultural heritage.
The whole concept of Time Machine is intriguing and we have the potential to make our cultural heritage accessible and usable in a way that no generation before us has done. We need a breakthrough that allows us to digitise on a large scale during our time. When you imagine, our cultural heritage being in digital form and available through advanced AI solutions, it must mean huge things to education, self-learning, people’s understanding of history, fact-based discussions within the society, game industry and so on. Reaching that level takes time, which makes it even more important that we begin soon.”