Conference workshops

THis page refers to our 2018 conference - watch this space for 2019 updates!

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.

Full Day Workshops ($100)

1/2 Day Workshops ($65)


Post Conference Workshop


Full Day workshops ($100)

Building Digital Collecting Capabilities:
managing born-digital archival collections

Valerie Love, Jessica Moran and Flora FelthamAlexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand

Has your institution, organisation, community group, or iwi found itself in a situation where a donor has offered a trove of digital photographs and videos on an external hard drive? Is a department ready to transfer records of long-term value from a file server to the archives? Have you discovered a collection of old floppy disks, CDs, and DVDs in the stacks, but have no idea what’s on them or how to look after them and their content? Do you want to start collecting more contemporary born-digital materials, but don’t know where to start? This one-day course will introduce you to basic principles, resources, and tools for working with born-digital archival material. It will help you establish workflows and procedures to enable your institution to successfully manage common born-digital materials (Office documents, PDFs, images, audio, video, and email).

Outcomes: Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss key digital curation principles as they relate to working with born-digital collections

  • Understand current practices, resources, and tools for ingest and accession of born-digital materials

  • Develop policies and workflows that meet your institution or organisation’s needs

Prerequisites: Attendees should hold born-digital archival material in their organisation (as opposed to digitised versions of paper/analogue items). Attendees should have access to a laptop with wireless connectivity and the ability to independently download and install applications to the laptop. (Prior to the workshop a list of free applications that need to be installed before the workshop will be circulated at attendees.) Because of the interactive nature of this workshop, attendance will be limited to 20 people.

Who should attend: Practitioners in cultural heritage organisations or community groups looking in increase their digital capabilities, knowledge, and skill in handling born-digital materials. Also IT professionals working in cultural heritage who seek to better understand archival concerns and workflows. 

Digitisation 101

Dave Sanderson, Auckland War Memorial Museum

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.

Finding the through-line: Strategies and techniques to improve your user experience where it matters most, and Measuring value using the Audience Impact Model

Michael Lascarides, Digital New Zealand, National Library of New Zealand
Adrian Kingston, Te Papa

Need to turn a bad user experience into a good one? Want to turn a good user experience into a great one? This workshop will present a variety of strategies and practical exercises to help you gain insights into the true needs of the people that are using your collections and services, and to help make their interactions with you  effortless and joyful. While the [day? morning?] will concentrate on online experiences, many of the principles learned will be applicable to the offline world as well. Areas to be covered to include: Observing Instead Of Asking, Setting Service Goals, Simplifying Workflows, Language as an Interface, Visual Design Basics, and more. All levels of experience and skills are welcome, techies and non-techies alike.

The Te Papa Digital team uses a number of techniques when we are proposed, designing and building digital products to ensure we are keeping the visitors needs top of minds. One of the key aspects of this is understanding what success looks like, and how does it align with Te Papa's goals, and our role as the national museum? We can no longer sit back on our apparent success of page views, clicks and feet through the door. This workshop will very introduce the new model, which maps out the spectrum of initial visitor Attraction, through Reaction, Connection, Insight and finally Action. How many products allow for light engagement only, versus the potential for enabling our visitors to create personal or societal change. The talk will also discuss the significant and important challenges in actually measuring impact in reliable and meaningful way. As part of the workshop, you'll apply the model to your organisations products, either one you are in the process of designing, or retrospectively to one already released. We'll then look at options of how to actually measure those goals, through analytics, interviews or other techniques. 

1/2 Day Workshop - $65

Morning Workshops

Linked Data 101

Jonathan Hunt, Catalyst

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. What is RDF? What is SPARQL? How are they used?  

Afternoon Workshops

Bringing Your Catalogue Alive With lots of Creativity and a few Graphs

Tim McNamara, Canonical Limited

Your archive's catalogue is a rich trove of structured data that's ripe to be shared with the world. This data visualisation workshop takes participants through the process of visually exploring the history and diversity of their collections. Learn about different techniques to explain changes over time and how to expand one's horizons from line graphs and bar charts without bewildering the audience.
The workshop is aimed at those who wish to dabble in code, but only an introductory level of programming is assumed.

No Programming Required! Data Cleaning for Non-techies using Microsoft Excel

Philip Hinton, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Probably all of us have to use spreadsheets. Most of us have to enter or clean data. Many of us don’t have special data cleaning tools. Few of us know any data cleaning programming languages. This workshop will:

  • Focus on using Microsoft Excel (or Google Sheets) as the sole tool for data cleaning

  • Start simply and build to more complex formulas and methods

  • Have theory sessions, followed by practical application and practice

  • Have pre-set sample datasets, but will also have time to apply learned techniques to delegates’ actual data cleaning projects

Post Conference Workshops


22 November 2018
The Fourth Annual NZ Photographers of Cultural Collections Forum is open for registrations to Photographers and Imaging Specialist working in Cultural and Heritage Institutions.

Time                   9am – 4pm Lunch Provided

Location             National Library, Wellington, Lower Ground Meeting Rooms

Cost                     $25 per person

RSVP          , ref NZPCC