Radical Collaboration in a Linked Digital World: Frederick Julien and Akoulina Connell

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In an era of algorithms and highly personalized recommendations, anything that is unavailable as data is very unlikely to be found or recommended. Whereas some industries have long made their contents readily discoverable by machines, the live performance sector lags behind. Linked open data could enable performing arts organizations to catch up, together. 


Frédéric Julien

Frédéric Julien has been active in the performing arts for several years as an artist, arts administrator, consultant, advocate, and change maker. He has been leading research and development activities at the Canadian Arts Presenting Association for the last nine years. In this capacity, he directed or authored several key research initiatives such as The Value of Presenting: A Study of Performing Arts Presentation in Canada, Vital Signs: Arts and Belonging, Digitizing the Performing Arts, and Vitality and Impact of Arts Presenting.

An active volunteer, Frédéric has served as Co-Chair of the Canadian Arts Coalition, on the board of Arts Health Network Canada, and his neighbourhood association in Gatineau.

Akoulina Connell

Akoulina Connell is an experienced executive and arts advocate who catalyzes systems transformation through co-creation and data innovation strategies to increase agility, transparency, inclusion, and public engagement. 

She has worked in both the public and private sectors; has led two provincial funding agencies; was managing editor of a literary press; worked in the IT sector; and has held communications roles in several federal departments.