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NDF2013 Keynotes on YouTube

The keynote speakers from the NDF 2013 Conference are now available on YouTube, through the National Digital Forum channel



NDF2013 Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers 2013

With keynotes from across the GLAM sector NDF2013 promises to be another stellar conference.

Ed Summers

Ed Summers is Information Technology Specialist at the Library of Congress in a team that’s examining what digital repositories mean for the Library and how to implement practical solutions. His interests focus on how cultural heritage organisations can use the web as a platform for access and preservation. He is under treatment for a code writing addiction, and tweets too much.

The Web as a Preservation Medium

The Web turned 20 this year, and we all know how much impact it has had on how we find and use information every day. Libraries, archives and museums of all sizes have embraced the Web as a platform for sharing information about their collections, engaging with their users, and sometimes (when we are lucky) for sharing the collections themselves. As more and more information moves onto the Web, cultural heritage organizations are increasingly called upon to help preserve the Web itself. Beyond its sheer size, what are the preservation qualities of the Web as a medium? How does our experience of preserving and providing access to the Web inform how we build our own Web applications? What does it mean for libraries, archives and museums to be *on* the Web, while at the same time being *of* the Web. What can we learn from Web preservation activities that are going on outside the traditional context of cultural heritage organizations? What skills and expertise do libraries, archives and museums need to invest in to do this work? I plan to address some of these questions, and provide a hopeful look at the opportunities that the Web provides to memory organizations and the people that help build them.

Ed Summers will also be running a hack day with Chris McDowall (National Library of New Zealand) on Monday 25 November.



Deborah Howes

Deborah Howes is Director of Digital Learning at the Museum of Modern Art. She’s been working at the intersection of art, education, technology and museums for 25 years and is involved in MoMA's digital initiatives for public use, including new websites, social media and onsite digital devices. Currently Deborah’s immersed in the world of teaching art online using museum and archival resources, highlighting museum talent and artists.

From Mobile to MOOC: How and Why Art Museums Engage Digital Publics

The first dozen years of the twenty-first century has seen tremendous change in every aspect of museum work, especially in the ways staff members communicate about collections with the public. The increasing proliferation of digital tools and platforms has enabled much of this change, but there are other forces inspiring educators to rethink their methods and roles. Among these are new research about cognition, evaluation studies on museum learning behaviors, growing preference for inclusive dialogue over authoritative voice, and institutional desire to be a relevant and innovative resource for lifelong learning. Informed by her 30-year experience teaching with technology in art museums, Howes will share important lessons learned and promising pedagogical strategies for the digital-minded museum.

Deborah Howes will also be running a one-hour workshop during the conference on Building Online Courses as a Community Effort.

Deborah Howes is being sponsored by Te Papa National Services



Peter Gorgels

Peter Gorgels is Internet Manager at the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands. He’s been a key figure behind the redevelopment of the museum’s online collection and Rijksstudio - a groundbreaking approach to re-use of collection items and audience interaction. In 2011 he wrote the E-strategy of the Rijksmuseum and has been involved in practically all of the Rijksmuseum’s digital projects.

Rijksstudio, make your own masterpiece

Working towards the grand opening of the completely renovated main building (13 April 2013) the Rijksmuseum released more than 125.000 high resolution images to the public on this new website with the special project Rijksstudio. Rijksstudio anchors the Rijksmuseum’s position in the new world of digital image culture and open design. What makes Rijksstudio especially exciting is that the Rijksmuseum offers unrestricted access to the released images, meaning everyone will be free to use them as they wish.



Simon Tanner

Simon Tanner is Director of Digital Consulting at King’s College London, and Deputy Head of the Department of Digital Humanities. He works with major cultural institutions across the world to assist them to transform their collections and online presence. Simon founded the Digital Futures Academy that has had participants from over 40 countries and run in the UK, Australia and Africa. His personal research interests encompass digitisation, measuring impact and assessing value in the digital domain. He co-authored Digital Futures: Strategies for the Information Age with Marilyn Deegan and in 2011 wrote Inspiring Research, Inspiring Scholarship: the value and benefits of digitised resources for learning, teaching and enjoyment. In 2012, Simon published Balanced Value Impact Model.

Simon Tanner is being sponsored by the National Library of New Zealand in the Department of Internal Affairs

Avoiding the Digital Death Spiral – surviving and thriving through understanding the value and impact of digital culture

Simon will consider how we can use a deeper understanding of value and impact to survive in an ever more competitive and confusing digital landscape. How do the cultural, heritage or creative sectors cope with the twin challenges of meeting the public desire for digital content whilst maintaining their curatorial responsibilities within what could be considered an unfunded mandate? Simon will investigate the values and benefits of digital with a consideration of the risks we face in what he refers to as the Digital Death Spiral. Simon will propose one solution in particular, The Balanced Value Impact Model (BVI Model) that he has recently developed. The BVI Model draws evidence from a wide range of sources to provide a compelling account of the means of measuring the impact of digital resources and using evidence to advocate how change benefits people. Simon will argue that putting people at the centre of our strategic thinking is both the most challenging and satisfying action we can take in securing our digital futures.



NDF2013 - Day two programme

Day two programme

All sessions are in Soundings auditorium except during the streamed sessions.

The full line-up, with talk abstracts, speaker notes and session times is also available on Lanyrd. For mobile and app options check out their mobile page.

9.00 to 10.00

Deborah Howes, Museum of Modern Art, on From Mobile to MOOC: How and Why Art Museums Engage Digital Publics

Deborah Howes is being sponsored by Te Papa National Services

10.00 to 10.30

Courtney Johnston and Paula Bray, The Dowse Art Museum and Powerhouse Museum, on The caring museum

10.30 to 11.00

Morning break 

11.00 to 12.00

Ed Summers, Library of Congress, on the Web as a Preservation Medium

12.00 to 12.30

Mark Crookston, National Library of New Zealand, on Listening to the Silences? The New Zealand Web Archive at the Alexander Turnbull Library

12.30 to 2.00

Lunch and Demonstration Hall

The NDF AGM and feedback session will be held in Rangimarie 1 from 1.15

Jo Ransom's address to the NDF Board at the AGM on the uncertain future of Kete

2.00 to 2.25

Streamed session


Elycia Wallis, Museum Victoria, on Making the case for ‘open’ – reimagining Museum Victoria’s approach to collections information access

Rangimarie 1

Rebecca Stoks, Statistics New Zealand, on Open data starts at home

Rangimarie 2

Karaitiana Taiuru, The New Zealand Maori Internet Society, on Indigenous Domain names in Aotearoa/New Zealand


Shelley Gurney, on The reel of cotton in the L-Space: using linked data to open up your information services

2.30 to 2.55

Streamed session


Zoe Roland, NZ Historic Places Trust, on There's nothing to see here! Experiencing Christchurch's High Street precinct through audio stories and Augmented Reality.

Rangimarie 1

Simon Sherrin, Museum Victoria, on Mobile and Open Source – Spreading field guides around the world

Rangimarie 2

Andy Neale, DigitalNZ, on Connecting knowledge across Asia Pacifica


Matthew Oliver, on Your item is my story

3.00 to 3.30

Afternoon break

3.30 to 4.30

Panel and workshop sessions


Fi Fieldsend, DigitalNZ - National Library of New Zealand, and others on Progress on rights and licensing in the cultural sector

Rangimarie 1

Deborah Howes, workshop on Building Online Courses as a Community Effort

Rangimarie 2

Taryn Davies, Auckland War Memorial Museum, on Fresh approaches to engage audiences with our collections

Jennifer Evans, Toitu Otago Settlers Museum, on Digital interpretation at the new Toitu Otago Settlers Museum


Donelle McKinley, Victoria University of Wellington, on Why evaluation isn’t a party at the end: evaluating crowdsourcing websites

Chris Dempsey, NZMS, on Crowdsourcing in New Zealand - Lessons from Wanganui

Max Sullivan, VUW, on Captive and captivated crowd: 'Class sourcing' transcription of manuscript collections

4.30 to 5.00

Conference wrap-up in Soundings

Outgoing and long-serving NDF Board member, Andy Fenton, sums up the conference (PDF).


NDF2013 - Day one programme

Day one programme

All sessions are in Soundings auditorium except during the streamed sessions.

The full line-up, with talk abstracts, speaker notes and session times was also available on Lanyrd. For mobile and app options check out their mobile page.

8.45 to 9.30

Mihi Whakatau

9.10 to 9.30

Opening address by Penny Carnaby

9.30 to 10.30

Simon Tanner, Digital Consulting at King’s College London, on Value and Impact

Simon Tanner is being sponsored by the National Library of New Zealand in the Department of Internal Affairs

10.30 to 11.00

Morning break (sponsored by School of Information Management, Victoria University)

11.00 to 12.30

Adrian Kingston, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, on So now we've got all this stuff...

Helen Stuckey, Flinders University, Adelaide, on Remembrance of Games Past

Paul Tapsell, University of Otago, on Placeholder - Tribal marae in a digital era

Sonia Pivac, Deafradio, on SignDNA: creating a virtual land for the Deaf community

Chris McDowall, DigitalNZ, on Colin McCahon | McCahon, Colin | McCahon, Colin John, 1919-1987

12.30 to 1.30


1.30 to 1.55

Streamed session


Sydney J Shep, Flora Feltham, and Sara Bryan, Victoria University of Wellington, on Mapping Printers' Lives and Letters

Rangimarie 1

David Sanderson, Archives New Zealand, on Reinventing ‘Digital’ for Collections, Archiving and Access

Rangimarie 2

Cliff Riordan, Nelson Provincial Museum (Tasman Bays Heritage Trust), on The Glass Plate Negative Project – A Good Old Fashioned Digitisation Project


Ashley E Remer and Tamara Patten, Girl Museum and National Services Te Paerangi, on Collecting Community: National Services Te Paerangi Digital Initiatives

2.00 to 2.25

Streamed session


Virginia Gow, WW100 Programme Office at MCH, and Kirstie Ross, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa on Life 100 years ago - a history in tweets

Rangimarie 1

Kirsty Cox, Alexander Turnbull Library, on Digital Handmaid: Six years practice with born-digital materials

Rangimarie 2

Andrew Moffat and Milly Mitchell-Anyon, Puke Ariki, on WARNING! Large Scale Digitisation in Progress: Puke Ariki’s Swainson/Woods Collection


Valerie Love, Alexander Turnbull Library, on Documenting Darfur: An archivist’s foray into the world of humanitarian advocacy

2.30 to 2.55

Streamed session


Michael Lascarides, National Library of New Zealand, on Lodescript: A (mostly fictional) tool for simplified storytelling with linked open data

Rangimarie 1

Amy Joseph and Jay Gattuso, National Library of New Zealand, on Building nets for the 'Net: harvesting online publications for Electronic Legal Deposit

Rangimarie 2

Alexis Tindall, South Australian Museum, on Volunteer digitisation at the SA Museum: a case study in strategic digitisation


Alyson Baker and Nicola Harwood, Nelson Public Libraries, on Read Watch Play, a global reading group via Twitter

3.00 to 3.30

Afternoon break

3.30 to 4.30

Lightning talks

Max Schleser, MINA - Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa, on Mobile Creativity and Mobile Innovation

Kimberley Collins, Centre for Science Communication, on Science and Social Media - the changing face of science communication

Mereana Taungapeau, Alexander Turnbull Library, on Tuakana-Teina: Lessons from our tipuna, creating new stories

Sarah Gallagher, University of Otago, on Dunedin Flat Names Project

Jade Eriksen and Hannah McDougall, Toi Whakaari-New Zealand Drama School, on In The House: experiments in ‘liveness’, online presence and institution

Tom Rennie, Bridget Williams Books, on ebooks and publishing

4.30 to 5.30

Peter Gorgels, Rijksmuseum, on Rijksstudio, make your own masterpiece

5.30 to 7.00

Networking function


NDF2013 Workshops

NDF2013 Workshops - Monday, November 25th

This year we're continuing with last year's pre-conference workshops and are delighted to present workshops from two of our keynote speakers, Simon Tanner and Ed Summers, with a little help from local, Michael Lascarides. They'll be held at Te Papa, and will be a snip at $50 each to cover catering and venue costs.

You'll be able to sign up as part of your NDF2013 registration or modify your current registration if you've already registered for the conference. Get in quick!

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NDF2013 Hackathon

When: 10am to 4pm, Monday 25 November
Where: Rangimarie 1, Vodafone Centre on Level 3, Te Papa

Join us this year at NDF for our first full-day hackathon. Learn about getting access to wonderful GLAM-related data sources, join forces with other interested coders, and spend the day solving unsolved problems. Participants in the NDF Hackathon will have an opportunity to pitch ideas they’d like to work on, find others interested in working on those ideas, and spend an intense day building working prototypes.

We welcome participants of all skill levels. Previous programming experience is great, but even if you’re not a coder, bring your ideas and we’ll find ways to put you to work.

Ed Summers, Library of Congress
Michael Lascarides, National Library of New Zealand

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NOW FULL -- Introduction to Implementing the Balanced Value Impact Model

When: 1pm to 4pm, Monday 25 November
Where: Rangimarie 2, Vodafone Centre on Level 3, Te Papa

The Balanced Value Impact Model is intended to aid the thinking and decision making of those wishing to engage in Impact Assessment. It also acts as a guide through the process of Impact Assessment to enable the core values most appropriate to the assessment to be brought to the fore and given a balanced consideration when evaluating outcomes. It presumes that the assessment will be measuring change within an ecosystem for a digital resource.

For the purposes of this Model, the definition of Impact is: The measurable outcomes arising from the existence of a digital resource that demonstrate a change in the life or life opportunities of the community.

Who should use the BVI Model?

The aim of this workshop is to provide key information and a strong model for the following primary communities of use:

  • Memory institutions and cultural heritage organizations, such as libraries, museums and archives.
  • Funding bodies who wish to promote evidence-based impact assessment of activities they support.
  • Holders and custodians of special collections.
  • Managers, project managers and fundraisers who are seeking to justify further investment in digital resources.
  • Academics looking to establish digital projects and digital scholarship collaborations with collection owners.
  • Publishing, media and business sectors which may be considering the best means to measure the impact of their digital resources and are looking to collaborate and align with collection owners, with academia or with memory institutions.
  • Impact Assessment practitioners considering an Impact Assessment of a digital resource.

What the workshop will cover:

  • Where the value and impact can be found in digital resources,
  • Who are the beneficiaries gaining from the impact and value,
  • How to measure change and impact for digital resources,
  • How to do an Impact Assessment using the Balanced Value Impact Model, and
  • How to present a convincing evidence-based argument for digital resources?

The Workshop will include case studies of how the BVI Model is being implemented at present.