Museums+Tech 2019: Openness
Friday October 18 2019
Museums+Tech 2019: Openness
The British Library, London
How can museums and other cultural organisations be more open in terms of their collections and processes, is openness always desirable, and what barriers might we have to overcome for truly open digital cultural heritage?
Museums and other cultural organisations have long been encouraged to be more open, in multiple senses of the word. From a technology point of view, this idea often centres on sharing collections data, producing open source software and tools, and developing open standards – all of which could have far-reaching implications for user engagement, future collaborations, and long-term preservation. Looking more broadly, the word ‘openness’ also has more infrastructural implications, as it relates to themes of transparency about decisions and processes, as well as inclusion of a wider visitor community. It’s also important to question this notion of openness – when should organisations be more open, and why might openness not always be desirable?
At this year’s conference, our speakers will tell you what openness means to them and organisations they work with, and openly share their reflections.
09:00 Registration opens
09:15 Muse Pros Get Coffee (sign up online)
10:00 Chair’s Welcome
10:05 Venue Welcome
11:00 Session 1: Lightning Talks
Beyond the Limits of Physical Space: Opening up the National Archives through Narrative Podcasting
Hannah Hethmon, H. Hethmon Consulting
User Perception of 3D Digital Copies of Heritage Objects
Kira Zumkley, University College London
Give Away Your Platform: Twitter Takeovers at the Royal Institution
Sarah Dick, Royal Institution of Great Britain
Your Data, Our Data, Their Data
Joanna Salter and Ben Raithby, National Maritime Museum
Opening up the National Gallery’s Collection Information
Joseph Padfield and Rupert Shepherd, The National Gallery, and Rob Tice, Knowledge Integration
The Making African Connections Digital Archive: Open Beyond Open Access
James Baker, University of Sussex
12:15 Session 2: Opening Collections to New Audiences
Cultural Heritage as a Mean of Social Inclusion: Work in Progress in the CultureLabs Project
Luigina Ciolfi, Danilo Giglitto and Eleanor Lockley, Sheffield Hallam University, and Abir Tobji and Katy Ashton, People’s History Museum
Openness, Innovation and the National Gallery
Emma McFarland and Lawrence Chiles, the National Gallery
The Nomad Project
Sophie Dixon, Mnemoscene Ltd and Abira Hussein, All Change
13:15 Lunch and AGM
All are welcome to attend our annual general meeting (AGM) during lunch.
14:15 Session 3: Open data, Wikimedia, and Reuse
Open by Default: Wikimedia and Open Access at the National Library of Wales
Jason Evans, The National Library of Wales
Wikidata as a Platform for Linked Open Data About Collections
Martin Poulter, University of Oxford
The impact of open – Case studies and Methodologies
James Morley, Freelance
15:35 Session 4: Openness and Contemporary Issues
Looking for a New Strategic Approach: the Culture is Digital Digitisation Taskforce
Valerie Johnson, The National Archives
Why Isn’t Every Museum Like the Rijksmuseum?
Helen Casey, University of Hertfordshire
Finding the Nuance in Open Access During the Repatriation of Cultural Heritage
Andrea Wallace and Mathilde Pavis, University of Exeter
Entrance and lifts
There is a stair from main lobby of the Knowledge Centre to floor 1- where the main event spaces are. Main event spaces can be reached using accessible lift next to the cloakroom.
Blue badge parking
There are seven parking bays for blue badge holders on the west side of the Library, immediately adjacent to our Ossulston Street entrance. This entrance is fully ramped and is located within approx. 100 metres of the doors to the main entrance. These bays are available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are also public metered bays in this area.
There are accessible toilets within both men’s and women’s toilets.
Borrow a wheelchair
We offer free hire of manual wheelchairs to visitors subject to availability from the Information Desk. There are nine manual wheelchairs available at the main entrance and these can be booked by contacting us on the phone number below at least 24 hours in advance. Please note that assistance cannot be provided in the use of these wheelchairs.
If you have issues not addressed here and would like further help please contact us:
Telephone: 0330 333 1144
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