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NDF2014 videos

You can view nearly all the talks on our YouTube channel. To whet your appetite, here are the keynote talks.


NDF2014 Keynote speakers

This year we're thrilled to bring you speakers from around the world: Brewster Kahle from the Internet Archive in San Francisco, Mia Ridge from the UK's Open University, Leigh Carmichael from MONA in Tasmania, and New Zealand's own Evelyn Wareham from Statistics New Zealand and Rick Shera from Lowndes Jordan.

Brewster Kahle

Founder and Digital Librarian, The Internet Archive

Tuesday 25 November, 9.30am, Soundings


Brewster Kahle's appearance at NDF2014 is kindly supported by the US Embassy in Wellington.

Brewster Kahle has been working to provide universal access to all knowledge for more than twenty-five years.

Since the mid-1980s, Kahle has focused on developing technologies for information discovery and digital libraries. In 1989 Kahle invented the Internet’s first publishing system, WAIS (Wide Area Information Server) system and in 1989, founded WAIS Inc., a pioneering electronic publishing company that was sold to America Online in 1995. In 1996, Kahle founded the Internet Archive, one of the world's largest digital libraries, and co-founded Alexa Internet, which helps catalog the Web (it was sold to in 1999).

Kahle earned a B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1982. As a student, he studied artificial intelligence with W. Daniel Hillis and Marvin Minsky. In 1983, Kahle helped start Thinking Machines, a parallel supercomputer maker, serving there as a lead engineer for six years. He serves on the boards of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, the European Archive, the Television Archive, and the Internet Archive.


Mia Ridge

Department of History, Open University

Tuesday 25 November, 4.30pm, Soundings


Mia’s PhD in digital humanities (Department of History, Open University) focusses on historians and scholarly crowdsourcing. Mia has published and presented widely on her key areas of interest including: user experience design, human-computer interaction, open cultural data, audience engagement and crowdsourcing in the cultural heritage sector. Until December 2014, she is a CENDARI Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Her edited volume, ‘Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage’ (Ashgate) is published in October 2014.

Mia has had residencies at the Powerhouse Museum (Sydney, 2012) and the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum (New York, 2012) and two short Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the Polis Center Institute on ‘Spatial Narrative and Deep Maps: Explorations in the Spatial Humanities’ (Indianapolis, 2012) and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media’s One Week | One Tool institute (Fairfax, Virginia, 2013), where she helped create Serendip-o-matic. Mia is also known for her work on museum metadata games. Formerly Lead Web Developer at the Science Museum Group, Mia has worked internationally as a business analyst, digital consultant and web programmer in the cultural heritage and commercial sectors. While at the Science Museum, Mia held the first ever museum mashup competition, helped the Science Museum’s Centenary Icons poll hit the front page of the BBC News, and organised the release of over 200,000 collections records as open data. Mia has post-graduate qualifications in software development (RMIT University, Melbourne, 2001) and an MSc in Human-Centred Systems (City University, London, 2011). She is Chair of the Museums Computer Group (MCG) and a member of the Executive Council of the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH). She blogs at


Rick Shera

Lowndes Jordan

Wednesday 26 November, 9.00am, Soundings

@lawgeeknz Rick is a partner at law firm Lowndes Jordan and a leading New Zealand information technology and media lawyer.  He has a Masters degree in internet and copyright law and is the first lawyer to have obtained the Institute of Information Technology Professionals, ITCP certification.

Rick is a past vice president of InternetNZ where he was instrumental in .nz domain name goverrnance structuring and policies. He was a founding member of the Auckland District Law Society's Technology and Law Committee and has been prominent in the debates around online intellectual property and privacy. He is chair of NetSafe, New Zealand's world leading not-for-profit cybersafety and cybercitizenship NGO, a director of Crown company, The Network for Learning Limited and an advisory board member of DigitalNZ.  He blogs at


Evelyn Wareham

Data Futures NZ

Wednesday 26 November, 9.45am, Soundings

@EvelynWarehamEvelyn Wareham is General Manager, Customer Insights Analytics and Research at Statistics New Zealand. She is currently leading the expansion of Statistics NZ’s Integrated Data Infrastructure – the New Zealand government’s key information hub of anonymised, person-centred data for statistical and policy research. Evelyn also has strong knowledge of privacy, as former lead Privacy Officer for Statistics NZ and convenor of the cross-government Privacy Leadership Programme aimed at uplifting privacy performance across the public sector. previously held several positions at Archives New Zealand and has been active in exploring the potential of digital for preservation and access in the GLAM sector. She has engaged in international professional collaboration and in development of archives capacity around the world. Evelyn has spoken at conferences in Australia, Canada, Fiji, Germany, Malaysia, USA, and New Zealand. She is the author of numerous articles on recordkeeping topics, and of a book on the history of German Samoa.

Evelyn has been heavily invovled in the New Zealand Data Futures Forum and will share the Forum’s insights and recommendations, talk about the next steps for New Zealand, and explore the implications for the GLAM sector.


Leigh Carmichael

MONA and Dark Mofo

Wednesday 26 November, 3.30pm, Soundings

Leigh CarmichaelLeigh Carmichael is the Creative Director of MONA and Dark Mofo, a producer of MONA FOMA, and a graphic designer. Since joining forces with David Walsh in the mid-millennium, Leigh has been responsible for executing David’s vision and creative genius-resulting in an incredible and often confronting museum experience, which has been enjoyed by more than 1.3million people to date. Together, Leigh and David have put Tasmania on the map as one of the most important cultural destinations in the world, something which is extra rewarding for Leigh – a passionate and vicarious Tasmanian, who chose to pursue his creative endeavours on the island rather than abroad. Outside of MONA, Leigh is Project Manager for a new cultural and creative industry hub in the heart of Hobart, founded by Detached Cultural Organisation.

Before MONA, Leigh worked as a designer for companies including Crank Media, G3 and Roar Film. It was as a freelancer that he won the contract to design labels for David’s Moorilla winery Muse Series, and Moo Brew beer line. As David’s vision continued to evolve, the Moorilla site soon became known as MONA, and Leigh has been responsible for their creative direction ever since. Since then, MONA has grown to include a myriad of brands including two festivals MONA FOMA (summer) and Dark Mofo (winter) – with Leigh as team leader. Now annual events, each festival incorporates music, art, interactive performance, and film, and boosts Tasmania’s tourism to unprecedented levels, which are growing annually.

Each day, Leigh manages to dance a marketing tightrope within MONA’s egalitarian, anti-formulaic and non-hierarchical modus operandi. Its anti-marketing ethos and unique take on cultural branding and creative risk has recently been referred to as “The Mona Effect” and its nature continues to evolve. For now, you could say MONA is characterised by irreverence, egalitarianism, hedonism and mystery with a sense of discovery, and somehow, Leigh has taken that all on board to create an accessible, celebrated brand, embraced by all walks of life.



NDF2014 main stage speakers

As well as our wonderful line-up of international keynote speakers, we thrilled to have a wide range of talented local speakers up on the main stage.

The Furious Five

Tuesday 25 November, Soundings 11.00am

Minecraft: Rebuilding history, one block at a time

Nils Pokel & Wendy Burne (Auckland War Memorial Museum)

Auckland Museum have embarked on an innovative experiment, using Minecraft as an educational tool to engage young audiences and explore World War One history. The museum has successfully included a wealth of collection objects and background information from their collection into the project and increase engagement, learning retention and creative output. Wendy and Nils will share their insights into why museums should embrace gamification.

Digital 3D modelling

Derek Kawiti (Victoria University of Wellington)

Derek Kawiti will describe the use of a digital 3D modelling framework known as BIM to discuss strategies for the way we currently think about digital heritage preservation techniques of large scale objects and buildings. Close comparisons will be made between mainstream European/Pakeha architecture, Māori and colonial architecture which are increasingly becoming subject to digital recording and preservation.

The Wireless

Marcus Stickley (Radio New Zealand)

Every media organisation is trying to figure out how to adapt in a rapidly evolving digital environment. The Wireless project leader and editor Marcus Stickley will talk about the role of the team has played in the digital evolution of Radio New Zealand, our country’s only commercial-free public service media outlet.

►The Wireless

HVNGRY: How to turn strangers into friends, and passion into reality

Serena Chen

The people behind HVNGRY share their story of how they built an online community of writers, artists; people through the power of open source and the Internet. They spend most of their time on Facebook and Twitter and are genuinely productive!


Up the Punks: archiving in the Wellington punk scene

John Lake (Up The Punks)

Up The Punks is an evolving DIY archive of music, photos, posters and interviews from within the Wellington punk scene over 35 years. John will discuss the use of digital archives as natural platforms for punks’ anti-establishment, DIY ethos of self-determination.

Up The Punks

Lightning talks

Tuesday 25 November, Soundings, 3.30pm

Rip It Up. And start again...

Simon Bendall

This brief overview of a personal DIY project to digitise New Zealand's free monthly music paper, Rip It Up, will touch on issues of copyright and institutional acceptance of DIY archives. With pictures!

Rip It Up Classic

Traditional knowledge and copyright: Implications for digitising Pacific Island cultural heritage collections

Mark Boddington (Scientific Software & Systems Ltd)

Pacific Island states are at the forefront of developing Traditional Knowledge legislation and national policy frameworks to protect traditional cultural expressions from exploitation or inappropriate use. Mark discusses how traditional knowledge legislation will affect cultural heritage institutions who engage with documented traditional cultural expressions and the effect of legislation on the use of new technology.

iBeacons: Content in context

Nils Pokel (Auckland War Memorial Museum)

Auckland Museum has been piloting proximity awareness technology and trialling the use of iBeacons to surface targeted to visitors. Nils will share some of the key findings and learnings from this pilot project.

Survey Hamilton: The shape of the city

David Cook (Massey University)

The ‘Survey Hamilton’ media collective came together to examine factors shaping the city. Over a two-year period the group of photographers, filmmakers, digital designers and sound artists explored everything from shopping malls to urban wilderness. The result is an immersive exhibition of the city’s alternative art scene and a gaming interface for redesigning the city. This presentation considers the intentions of the collective and the experience of audience. 

Makerspace:  exploration and experimentation

Hamish Lindop (Auckland Libraries)

Auckland Central City Library has been running a makerspace, with robotics, 3d printing and computer game making, and encourages people to play, tinker, explore, and meet others with similar interests. Hear the story of their exploration and experimentation through this public programme.

Digital Commons or digital enclosures? Exploring the future of online content distribution

Alex Clark (Victoria University of Wellington)

The Digital Commons project involves in-depth interviews with 26 musicians, authors, journalists, media commentators, and other representatives from within the media industry and explores the tension between open-access and restriction, different licensing models, distribution platforms, and monetisation strategies. The presentation will share key trends insights into how media creators think that their content should be funded and distributed online.


NDF2014 stream sessions

101 Sessions

Online marketing and social media 101

Anna Dean; Tuesday 25 November, Rangimarie 1, 1.30pm

Anna Dean recently coordinated the acclaimed marketing, social media, and PR campaign for Taika Waititi’s movie What we do in the shadows, and has been described as a “freaking PR genius”. She has developed online communications solutions for a wide range of organisations, and at NDF she will share fresh ideas, social media best practice tips, and why GLAMs need to take online communications seriously.

►Anna Dean

User experience 101

Heath Sadlier (Optimal Experience); Tuesday 25 November, Rangimarie 1, 2.00pm

This year mobile will surpass desktop usage of our websites. We have a generation reaching university that have been using smartphones potentially for half their lives. Our users now have expectations of our websites based on the simplicity of apps. Expectations are changing as fast as the technology. Heath will talk about how you can keep up and deliver services for users whose expectations are rapidly changing by using a user centred design approach and rapid iteration. Learn how you can explore new ideas, validate them, challenge assumptions, and balance the needs of your organisations and users.

►Optimal Experience

Creative Commons for GLAMs 101

Matt McGregor (Creative Commons Aoteroa New Zealand); Tuesday 25 November, Rangimarie 1, 2.30pm

Is your institution getting your collection online and running into licensing questions? Have you heard about Creative Commons but are a bit unsure and keen to find out if it’ll be appropriate for your institution? Join Matt McGregor, the Public Lead for Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand, as he gives an introduction to Creative Commons for GLAMs, the opportunities it affords for cultural heritage institutions, and some examples of best practice.

►Creative Commons Aoteroa New Zealand

Art and new media

New cultural narratives for New Zealand’s Southern Cross Cable Part 1: Te Ika-a-Akoranga

Bronwyn Holloway-Smith (Massey University); Wednesday 26 November, Angus, 1.30pm

In researching the history of the Southern Cross Cable, New Zealand’s primary internet connection to the world, a long-forgotten and neglected ceramic mural was unearthed: a depiction of the story of Te Ika-A-Māui, created in 1961 by E. Mervyn Taylor for the opening of the Commonwealth Pacific Cable (COMPAC). Made up of 414 tiles, the ceramic mural is a large-scale full-colour illustration of the mythical Māori tale of Maui fishing up the North Island of New Zealand (Te Ika-a-Māui). Bronwyn will talk about the process of restoring, photographing and placing the mural back in the public realm – slowly, like a jigsaw, placing photographic prints of each individual tile in a commercial Auckland office space and releasing them online under a Creative Commons license. Through the story of restoring this historic mural, Holloway-Smith will discuss the Southern Cross Cable, its history, the spatial politics of cable landing sites, and how items of cultural significance can help to inform New Zealand’s engagement with the trans-national internet.

Transmedia: What is it and why should I care?

Brenda Leeuwenberg (NZ on Air); Wednesday 26 November, Rangimarie 2, 11.30am

Is transmedia just the latest buzzword, making you all feel like there's some new digital magic you've not quite got the hang of? What does it actually mean? Why is it being bandied around the digital world? Through demonstrating some real-world examples of true transmedia projects, both international and local, Brenda will explain the digital magic and help you to gain an understanding of the concepts and processes behind transmedia. Delving further into the local examples we'll look at the challenges of finding and reaching audiences, explore some successful approaches and strategies and touch on local audience research.

Links, cables; bricks and mortar: Aotearoa Digital Arts Network

Birgit Bachler and Vicki Smith (Aotearoa Digital Arts Network); Wednesday 26 November, Angus, 2.30pm

Established in 2003, the Aotearoa Digital Arts (ADA) Network researches the expanded field of media, new media, electronic and digital art and enables communication between artists, curators, teachers, critics, theorists, writers and the interested public. ADA develops public understanding of digital art through its online forum, through publications and exhibitions, and by touring speakers, holding master classes and symposia. Birgit will present current research on openly-curated content creation and participation-stimulation, and online- and offline audience development strategies. Birgit will also discuss the current developments of ADA as a participatory, active archive for New Zealand digital art, and share ADA’s vision of how the ADA network and the GLAM sector can profit from one another.


Museums and digital publishing

Claire Murdoch (Te Papa Press); Wednesday 26 November, Rangimarie 1, 2.30pm

The world is running out of dramatic ways to say that digital has disrupted and doomed the publishing industry. What does it mean for creative content development when, as Clay Shirky unforgettably put it, publishing is no longer a job, but a button? What is the place of the analogue? How does this relate to museums, galleries and other public institutions? And what about our relationships with our customers, users, and visitors?

Claire Murdoch will talk about this stuff with reference to dinosaurs, KoolAid, Rolls Royces, current digital publishing initiatives in museums internationally, and examples from her role as Publisher, Te Papa Press and as the museum's Multimedia Manager.

Building community

Digital communities: Inviting community involvement in digital heritage collections

Reid Perkins (Upper Hutt City Library); Wednesday 26 November, Soundings, 1.30pm

For the past two years Upper Hutt City Library has been experimenting with ways of inviting greater community involvement in the building and maintaining of its heritage collections, as well as ways of making these archival resources more accessible to a broader public. Using NZMS’s Recollect platform, the library is helping the local community commemorate the centenary of World War One. Reid will report on these efforts with an emphasis on the opportunities and challenges of integrating the digital with the non-digital, of managing relationships with volunteer contributors, and of addressing the digital divide within local communities.

Pondering Pond: Network for Learning’s teacher space

Carolyn Stuart (Network for Learning); Tuesday 25 November, Soundings, 2.00pm

Pond is an exciting online environment available to all New Zealand teachers as a safe and collaborative place where trusted educational content and services can be discovered, collated and shared. As well as showcasing how this environment is being used across New Zealand, Carolyn will provide the opportunity to discuss how Pond might help build our digital cultural heritage.

►N4L Pond

Indigenous Knowledge Centres: Preserving cultural knowledge

Tyler Wellensiek (State Library of Queensland); Wednesday 26 November, Soundings, 2.30pm

The State Library of Queensland supports a network of 23 Indigenous Knowledge Centres in Central and North Queensland, Cape York and the Torres Strait. The centres are community hubs where people gather to access traditional library services, share stories, yarn with elders and participate in cultural activities. They also function as keeping places where images and documents can be digitised and archived, elders' stories captured on video and traditional art and craft techniques passed on to younger generations. Tyler will provide a guided tour of some of the collections and talk about the strategies used for digital preservation of culture through the Indigenous Knowledge Centres.

Collection practice

Tuple or Nothing

Frank Stark (Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision); Wednesday 26 November, Rangimarie 1, 2.00pm

Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision was formed in August 2014, by the amalgamation of the former New Zealand Film Archive, Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero and TVNZ Archive to form an integrated national archive. The amalgamation has involved knitting together the very different cultures of public access archiving and broadcast production. Frank will discuss the aim to create a web-based service to deliver access to the collections, while continuing to provide library support to broadcasters. Various initiatives are planned, including: an online database of the entire catalogue, a streaming video service, a curated website for researchers, and an online classroom.

►Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Curatorial Conundrums: Cataloguing bespoke software

Joanna Szczepanski (Canterbury Museum); Wednesday 26 November, Rangimarie 2, 2.00pm

As born digital material collections grow the question of how to describe and catalogue this material is increasingly pressing. The sector has a good understanding of cataloguing simple, stand-alone born digital objects such as images and documents, but what about more complex born digital objects such as bespoke software? The Canterbury Museum faced this challenge when offered the display components of an exhibition about NASA’s involvement in Antarctica. The need to add functioning power cables, mice and speakers to run the display unit further complicated the matter. How should a museum handle both the soft and hard aspects of this material? Joanna will talk through the process and decisions that the museum took.

Old books and new science: the many uses of the Biodiversity Heritage Library

Elycia Wallis (Museum Victoria); Tuesday 25 November, Rangimarie 2, 2.30pm

The Biodiversity Heritage Library is a global aggregator of digitised biodiversity literature made up of nearly 40 million pages and over 117,000 volumes, spanning museum and botanical garden libraries in the US and UK and regional nodes in Europe, Australia, South America, Egypt, China, and Africa. Serving several audiences, the library extending its reach through crowd-sourcing and social networks. Elycia will talk about how it works as a large-scale digital library, why it has been so successful, and what the future holds.

►Biodiversity Heritage Library

Digital humanities

A view inside the ivory towers: The state of digital humanities in New Zealand

James Smithies (University of Canterbury); Tuesday 25 November, Angus, 1.30pm

The last few years have seen a significant increase in digital activity within universities, resulting in the appearance of the digital humanities as well as interest in digital journalism, arts, sociology, anthropology, critical code studies, software studies, and new media. The possibilities are exciting, but technical understanding is low, funding and quality-assessment protocols non-existent. James will review issues, opportunities and requirements, gathered from three years working as New Zealand’s first digital humanities lecturer at the University of Canterbury, and offer for the GLAM sector into the impact digital culture is having on the university sector

Mining Marsden: The four pieces of the puzzle

Vanessa Gibbs (University of Otago); Tuesday 25 November, Rangimarie 1, 1.30pm

The Reverend Samuel Marsden was head of New Zealand’s first planned venture to introduce Christianity to Maori. Mining Marsden is a project that aimed to make his letters and journals and others by early CMS missionaries accessible to researchers ahead of the bicentenary of his first sermon in December 2014. Vanessa will look at four key elements of the Mining Marsden project: Metadata Generation, Digitisation, Researcher’s Requirements and Development. All played key roles in creating the Marsden Online Archive and provided challenges, issues and successes that Vanessa will discuss.

Historical Māori biographies: Or who is Arama Karaka?

Basil Keane (Ministry for Culture & Heritage); Tuesday 25 November, Angus, 2.30pm

Basil will talk about a pilot project in the Māori digital programme at Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture & Heritage. He will discuss biographical name authority and a project to write short biographies for important historical Māori figures.

Digital grey literature: the challenge and opportunity for information services

Amanda Lawrence (Swinburne University of Technology); Tuesday 25 November, Rangimarie 2, 1.30pm

Digital technologies have radically increased our capacity to produce and disseminate research and information. Many organisations including government departments and agencies, academic centres, NGOs, lobby groups and companies are now engaged in the production and collection of digital content – also known as grey literature. Grey literature plays a vital role in the policy and research environment but its collection and preservation is inadequate, resulting in costly research being lost to the community. Amanda’s presentation explores the role and value of grey literature in public policy, and will consider some of the policy and infrastructure options for improving the way digital grey literature is collected and made accessible.

►Australian Policy Online
►Grey Literature Strategies research project

Digitisation and digital preservation

Developing a Digital Preservation Framework

Michael Parry (Victoria University of Wellington); Wednesday 26 November, Angus, 11.30pm

Victoria University of Wellington has a large and growing collection of unique digital objects housed within a range of online properties. Lacking a rigorous digital preservation environment, library staff are looking to develop a robust and flexible environment underpinned by a policy framework that positions digital preservation at the core of all work in the digital collections. Michael will talk about Victoria Library’s new Digital Preservation Framework and issues it raises: balancing strategy with pragmatism, immediate action with governance, and next steps for the library.

Digital preservation in action: Migration is not just a technical task

Jay Gattuso (National Library of New Zealand); Wednesday 26 November, Angus, 11.00pm

Jay will describe the steps we took when planning, and delivering a migration of functionally obsolete WordStar content to a valid HTML format. The technical processing will be lightly covered, and the talk will mainly focus on the organisational challenges and steps we needed to overcome to ensure that this content was processed correctly, and from well informed positions by all involved. The presentation will walk through the various policies and decisions faced when planning and delivering this work, addressing questions like "When is line not a line?" or "What part of the content can I engage with during the migration?"

Digitising Church Newspapers: Endless possibilities

Judith Bright (John Kinder Theological Library); Tuesday 25 November, Rangimarie 2, 2.00pm

Church newspapers and other serial publications offer an alternative commentary on New Zealand society. Judith will discuss this ongoing project to digitise these hard-to-find publications, and make them publicly available as a single search research collection. This presents particular problems for a small institution and Judith will look at the challenges, the process and the result.

►John Kinder Theological Library

Open content, open platforms, open source

Open access: The experience at Te Papa

Philip Edgar and Adrian Kingston (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa); Tuesday 25 November, Soundings, 2.30pm

Te Papa recently released 30,000 images under open re-use licences from Collections Online. Philip and Adrian will discuss the project and consider why and how Te Papa made it happen. They’ll discuss what Te Papa hoped to achieve and how the results have measured up, as well as looking at the current and future difficulties and what this shift in practice means for the organisation.

►Te Papa Collections Online

Making choices: Why The Dowse is working on Wikipedia, not an online collection

Courtney Johnston (The Dowse); Wednesday 26 November, Rangimarie 2, 11.00am

The Dowse will be launching New Zealand's first Wikipedian in Residence project, with funding from Nga Taonga a Hine te-iwa-iwa. In doing so it confronts and answers a real-world problem for small organisations: how to engage online without building an online collection from scratch. Courtney will talk about the issues behind this decision and how the project is developing, including the process of selecting artists to include, recruitment and training for editors, and the value The Dowse hopes to realise.

Tailor made: Digital media cataloguing and presentation in the open source age

Matt Plummer (Victoria University of Wellington); Wednesday 26 November, Rangimarie 2, 1.30pm

For the past three years the Art History Programme at Victoria University of Wellington has worked with the Adam Art Gallery, Engineering and Computer Science and Information Technology Services to implement a visual resources collections management system. Using two open source, web-based software packages – CollectiveAccess and MDID3 – it promises to streamline the way digital assets are used in both research and teaching contexts. Capable of flexible cataloguing and the aggregate searching of connected image repositories, the system has the potential to service a wide range of demands not only in an academic context, but also in the wider GLAM sector. Matt will talk about the possibilities afforded by the system, suggesting the open source route offers the potential for a tailored fit potentially superior to ‘off-the-rack’ alternatives, while also highlighting the challenges its development and implementation have presented.

Spying on the past

Douglas Bagnall; Wednesday 26 November, Angus, 2.00pm

The machine learning and big data techniques used by agencies like the GCSB and NSA to monitor enemies of the state, and by Facebook and Google to push advertising, can be directed toward archives to discover hidden patterns and correlations, generating deep metadata without much effort. Douglas will survey the state of the art in some of these areas and talk about usable open source software projects.

Nodel: Taming the technology

Keith Vaz (Museum Victoria); Wednesday 26 November, Rangimarie 2, 2.30pm

When Museum Victoria needed to replace its gallery control system the Digital Media Systems department took a hard look at the alternatives on the market, and what they saw was an array of products that were proprietary, expensive and not well suited to the needs of a modern, technologically capable museum. The answer lay in developing a solution from scratch. With a moderate initial investment in capital, Museum Victoria partnered with Lumicom, a local software development and AV integration firm, to come up with Nodel, a fully open source, distributed platform for integrating gallery media devices, playback and content. Keith will introduce you to the Nodel project and the issues that spawned the idea of a control platform by museums and for museums. He’ll also talk about of getting management buy-in to the project and plans to share the code and develop a community of users and code libraries.


Designing the library of the future

Karl Kane & Tim Parkin (Massey University); Wednesday 26 November, Rangimarie 1, 1.30pm

For the last three years, Massey University Lecturers Karl Kane and Tim Parkin have used civic and school libraries as case studies in teaching experience, service and social design within the Wellington College of Creative Arts. The work that has emerged from their senior design student's explorations has yielded insights that suggest the library has immense relevance within 21st century civic life, and an exciting future beyond (and within) its role as repository. In this talk Karl and Tim will share those insights and aim to illustrate the central role design thinking might contribute to this area of civic life.

Augmented reality: Connecting to the public in new ways

David Brydon (Kiwi AR Ltd); Tuesday 25 November, Soundings, 1.30pm

The HEART of Nelson project took historic images from the Nelson Provincial Museum and articles from The Prow website and presented them in an augmented reality app that guides users around the city of Nelson to locations where they can hold up their device as a window into the past. David will discuss where augmented reality is currently, how it can be used and where it is heading.

►HEART of Nelson

Digital skills for a digital future: The role of libraries as community hubs

Laurence Zwimpfer and Annette Beattie (2020 Communications Trust); Wednesday 26 November, Soundings, 2.00pm

The 2020 Trust partnered with Hutt City Libraries in 2012 to pilot the delivery of Stepping Up – short digital literacy classes for the Lower Hutt community. Following their success they are now offered on a business-as-usual basis at five Hutt City libraries and libraries in Whangarei, Palmerston North, Taranaki and Marlborough. Others are planning to adopt the programme. Is this something all public libraries could be doing? With over 2000 internet-connected computers in public libraries available for community use, are libraries becoming the new digital classrooms? Laurence will explain the business model developed by Hutt City, present the results of participant surveys and talk about how this programme can expand further.


NDF2014 panel discussions

Open progress in New Zealand

Chair: Matt McGregor (Creative Commons Aoteroa New Zealand); Wednesday 26 November, Soundings, 11.00am

With: Mark Crookston, Victoria Leachman, Ainslie Dewe

GLAMs are grappling with the issue of reuse of content – collections, data, other media etc. Making content available for reuse while still protecting the rights of copyright holders, donors, kaitiaki, and stakeholders is a challenge. Mark Crookston (National Library of New Zealand), Victoria Leachman (Te Papa) and Ainslie Dewe (Auckland Museum) discuss the different approaches these three institutions are taking to the issue of reuse.

Digital music archiving in New Zealand

Chair: Amy Joseph (National Library of New Zealand); Wednesday 26 November, Rangimarie 1, 11.00am

With: Simon Grigg, Simon Bendall, John Lake, Sholto Duncan

Most musicians and music fans know that music is more than recordings – it's also the magic of live performance, the intertwined thrills of discovery and nostalgia, and the sense of community. Those communities can span time and space, or be rooted in a specific city, label, or venue for a fleeting moment. How do digital technologies facilitate the creation and sustenance of musical communities, and help to preserve the magic for those involved and those yet to discover their new (old) favourite band? In the age of crowdsourcing and DIY archives, what role do memory institutions have in preserving music scenes and other folk cultures, and where we are missing the beat?