Keynote speakers 2013
With keynotes from across the GLAM sector NDF2013 promises to be another stellar conference.
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 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 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 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.