Conference workshops

Each year on the day before and after the NDF conference we organise several workshops to explore topics in more detail. These are run at cost and are often very popular. You can register as part of your full conference registration process, or as a one-off. The workshops are held across Te Papa and the National Library. See below for more information if you are interested in:

Workshops on Monday 20 November 2017.

Workshops on Thursday 23 November 2017.

Digitisation 101

Led by Dave Sanderson

9am - 4.30pm, Te Papa Imaging suite
Available places: 20

Practical and problem solving workshop on how to do basic digitisation and digital storage/archiving in small to medium sized GLAM sector institutions.

This workshop will go over basic equipment, techniques for different collection types, discussing resolutions and file formats. How to compromise for cost. How large scale archiving systems can be scaled down for use by small organisations and keeping the same basic logic/best practices in place.

About the presenter:
Dave Sanderson is the Project Leader - Collection Imaging at Auckland War Memorial Museum.

An Introduction to programming and web visualisation

Led by Harkanwal Singh

9am - 12noon, Rangimarie 1, Te Papa Tongarewa
Available places: 50

*Please note Chris McDowall's Gentle Introduction to Programming and Heritage Data workshop has been cancelled. This workshop, kindly hosted by one of our keynotes, replaces that workshop and differs in content.

This half-day workshop is an introduction to accessing and visualising StatisticsNZ data.

You will learn how to:

  • Analyse and explore the data set in R
  • Create a simple web application to visualise the data set
  • A deep introduction to d3.js 
  • Combine d3 with react.js

These examples will focus on using R and JavaScript. 

All the code will be made available to participants during and following the workshop. The focus of this workshop is to offer a deep introduction to doing visualisation in the browser and show how to manage complexity, from creative art to dashboards. 

This is not a hands-on programming workshop. It will focus on showing the process and introducing libraries what you can use to visualise. There’ll be explanations and commentary along the way, but not nearly as droll as Chris McDowall’s would have been.

 Who is this for?

 Anyone wants to understand how visualisations are developed and how data analysis connects with the final product. New programmers looking for a bridge between "Hello, World!" tutorials and applied development.

Intermediate developers looking to pick up an understanding of d3, or React.

About the presenter:

Harkanwal Singh was formerly Data Editor at the New Zealand Herald, and was New Zealand’s first full-time data journalist. Currently Harkanwal is studying probability and computation at the University of Auckland. His work combines analysis and programming to create interactive visualisations. He is interested in using data analysis and visualisation to provide accessible stories to readers on complex topics. 

Copyright Duration 101

Led by Victoria Leachman

9am - 12noon, Rangimarie 2, Te Papa Tongarewa
Available places: 50

Not sure where to start with clearing copyright for your collection? Here's a half day workshop to help figure out copyright duration and how to licence objects for reproduction. Activity-based, with quizzes and fun times. Learn by doing.

About the presenter:
Victoria Leachman, Manager Rights at Te Papa, leads the Rights Team at Te Papa and was the recipient of the NDF “Sharing is Caring” award for 2016. She is an expert in the practical application of the Copyright Act in relation to heritage collections, manages Te Papa’s portfolio of trademarks, and has maintained a watching brief on the amendments to the Copyright legislation since 2006. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand. She considers her top achievement at work to date the launch of Te Papa’s high resolution collection images for reuse (where rights allow) via Te Papa’s Collections Online.

METS metadata for complete beginners

Led by Stuart Yeates and Max Sullivan

9am - 12 noon, MW3-20, National Library of New Zealand
Available places: 10 (Sold out)

METS is the Library of Congress' metadata schema for descriptive, administrative, and structural metadata in digital libraries. This workshop is an introduction to METS for complete beginners. We begin by covering how METS differs from MARC and DC metadata schemas and when METS is likely to be the preferred choice. We look at software systems and archives that are already using METS and introduce METS profiles. We will also look at the structure of a METS record, using examples from the locally used Rosetta software, both prior to ingest and and post-ingest. Finally there will be time for extended discussion.

About the presenters:
Stuart Yeates is a Library Technical Specialist at Victoria with a background in computer science, open source, wikipedia and libraries. Max Sullivan is the Digital Projects Officer at Victoria University of Wellington.

Design Sprint workshop

Led by Adrian Kingston and Lucie Paterson

9am - 1pm, Angus, Te Papa Tongarewa
Available places: 40

In half a day learn, and do, the principles of a design sprint. In this workshop you will begin with nothing, and end with a prototype for testing. Using a highly compressed version of the Google Ventures Design Sprint process, we’ll work through the basic concepts of a design sprint, information gathering, ideation, rapid prototyping, and testing. You’ll come away with a few tools and ways of thinking that will help you rapidly develop and test visitor-focused solutions to your proposed products back at your museum, gallery, library or gallery

About the presenters:
Lucie Paterson is Product Manager in the Experience & Digital Team at ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) in Melbourne. Lucie is responsible for delivering dynamic, user focused digital experiences for visitors in online, mobile and exhibition contexts. Lucie is also responsible for introducing new tools and ways of working to the organisation to streamline back of house processes as the museum consolidates and improves its products and services.

Since starting in March 2016 she has put the shop online built on Shopify, delivered an audio guide for the Scorsese exhibition, launched a new website for the museum and introduced product management methodologies and tools to teams across the organisation.

Before moving to Melbourne Lucie worked for five years in digital roles at Southbank Centre in London including project managing the centre’s £1m website transformation project. Prior to moving to London, Lucie worked at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington.

Adrian Kingston is Digital Operations Lead in the recently formed Digital team at Te Papa. His role focuses on looking at how Te Papa works to create the right digital products for the right audiences. Before this role he worked to make Te Papa's digital collections and information as available as possible, in as many useful ways as possible. He's been at Te Papa since 2001, working in the Art and Photography collections before moving into Collections Information in 2004. There was also a brief stint as seconded DigitalNZ Services Manager in 2014, at National Library of New Zealand.

Guidance on Records Requirements for Enterprise Architecture

Led by Trish O'Kane, Jim clendon and Regine deleu

9am - 12noon, MW3-19&21, National Library of New Zealand, 
Available places: 10 (Sold out)

This workshop is aimed at primarily at Enterprise Architects but also those records professionals who are engaging with Enterprise Architects. Ideally you will buddy up and attend together.

The workshop is based on ISO Draft Technical Report “Records Management in Enterprise Architecture” which should be published later this year and will be circulated to attendees before the workshop. At the end of this workshop you will have an understanding of how enterprise architects can work with records professionals to express their concerns and requirements in an enterprise architecture framework, an awareness of the benefits and complexities of collaborating with international experts, and will know how to develop useful artefacts for those stakeholders related to phases of the ADM Framework.

Please note that this is NOT an introduction to Enterprise Architecture for non-architects, but a specific application of TOGAF and the ADM for a type of stakeholder (in this case the records professional).

About the presenters:
Trish O'Kane (Information Architecture Consultant), Jim Clendon (Senior Enterprise Architecture Modeller, Department of Internal Affairs) and Regine Deleu (all of Government Enterprise Architect, Department of Internal Affairs).

Data Cleaning 101 and Linked Open Data

Led by Adam Moriarty & Jonathan Hunt

1pm - 4pm Rangimarie 1, Te Papa Tongarewa
Available places: 50

An introduction to Linked Open Data including simple data cleaning and publishing tools that will help users tackle even the most troublesome of collection data and prepare records for publishing online.

About the presenters:
Adam Moriarty is the Digital Collections information manager at Auckland War Memorial Museum. Jonathan Hunt is a Senior Drupal Developer at Catalyst IT Limited, working with Islandora (including UC QuakeStudies) and other digital cultural heritage projects.

Getting your collections open

Led by Victoria Leachman, Sarah Powell & Andrea Wallace

1pm - 4.30pm, Rangimarie 2, Te Papa Tongarewa
Available places: 50

Open GLAM - Thinking about opening up your collection data and images for reuse by the public but not sure about where to start or how to get there? This workshop will look at ways New Zealand and international cultural institutions are opening up their collections for reuse and the interesting ways people are using open content.

About the presenters:
Victoria Leachman is Manager Rights at Te Papa, Sarah Powell is Rights Specialist at Auckland War Memorial Museum, and Andrea Wallace is Lecturer in Law at University of Exeter and creator of Display At Your Own risk project ( and co-creator of the Copyright Cortex ( Andrea is a keynote speaker at NDF2017.

Agile Beyond Software

Led by Boost

2 - 5pm, Angus, Te Papa Tongarewa
Available places: 40

The software industry has accepted that change is constant, the unexpected always occurs (and needs to be embraced), and delivering value to the customer early and often is essential if you want to gain a competitive advantage. As a result, working in an Agile way has become the norm for development teams around the world.

Constant change, unexpected disruptions and delivering value to the customer are not unique to the software world however, and the Agile Mindset is being applied to other industries at an exponential rate. In our 3 hour workshop we will use a mix of activities and presentations to discuss what the Agile Mindset is, how it differs from a more traditional approach to working, and how that can be applied across an organisation. If you leave with the inspiration and confidence to make one small change in how you deliver outcomes to your customer, we will have done our job.

About the presenters:
Boost is a team of technology professionals designing and building web and mobile apps from our office in central Wellington. We love thinking, collaborating and creating with clients who, like us, want to make New Zealand a better place.

NZ Photographers of cultural collections forum

9-4pm, Thursday 23 November 2017
Lilburn Room, National Library of New Zealand

National Library's Imaging Services team are hosting the third annual forum open to photographers and imaging specialists working in cultural heritage institutions.

This year’s theme is Successes and Challenges.

The cost to participants is $20 (for catering purposes), which can be invoiced to your organisation following the event.

Spaces are limited - so please complete this online RSVP form to register your interest by the end of October.
Contact: Claire Viskovic (04) 470 4570 or email if you have any questions