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Wednesday, November 20 • 11:00am - 11:25am
Permission to fail: DX Lab

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The DX Lab is the State Library of NSW’s innovation lab. We research and experiment with the Library’s collection, building experiments and exploring emerging technologies. Our job is to try new things - but if we fail, we fail cheaply because our team is small and we work quickly. We peer into the future, explore possibilities and return to the present to adjust course. The Library’s business-as-usual teams can then take our learnings with much less risk.

This presentation will give a brief overview on our unique role in the Library, unpacking the development and risks of our recent experiments. These include, #NewSelfWales (https://dxlab.sl.nsw.gov.au/newselfwales), an award winning digital exhibition and website, connecting Instagram selfies with the Library’s portrait collection. ORBIT, a real-time data visualisation of our web analytics for the online collection. Field of View, a 3D and VR experience of the Mitchell Library, merging point cloud data with the Library’s collection. Lastly, the Vending Library - a playful collection experience, powered by a Twitter bot that uses machine learning to recommend a collection surprise for you.

I will discuss the impact that the DX Lab has had on the organisation, putting the reader and visitor first in everything we do. Our method of working can be applied to any team given the permission to fail.


Kaho Cheung

DX Lab Technical Lead, State Library NSW

Wednesday November 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:25am NZDT
Rangimarie 1 - Breakout Room Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand