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Lightning Talks [clear filter]
Tuesday, November 19


Where are all the spotted shags?
With a declining pārekareka (spotted shag - phalacrocorax punctatus) population in the Hauraki Gulf, we needed to experiment and innovate with an alternative approach. So we had an idea that uses some pretty new tech and one that intersects our collection, conservation and research.

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Guy Annan

Digital Experience Manager, Auckland War Memorial Museum
Digital Experience Lead at Auckland War Memorial Museum. Where we use existing and emerging technology to better connect our visitors to stories and enhance their museum experience.

Tuesday November 19, 2019 3:30pm - 3:37pm
Soundings Theatre Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


So…what’s the easiest way to process these 352 CD-ROMs?
The Digital Archivists at the Alexander Turnbull Library support the acquisition and management of born-digital heritage collections. One of the challenges they regularly face is how to effectively process collections that contain tens – if not hundreds – of floppy disks, CD-ROMs, or USB sticks. How do you safely transfer data from all these storage media without getting RSI or losing concentration over months? How do you check to make sure nothing was lost along the way? Recently, the Library received a collection containing 352 CD-ROMs so the Digital Archivists have been researching solutions for automating the transfer of data from these optical discs. In the spirit of Trevor Owens’ reflection that “[t]he scale and inherent structures of digital information suggest working more with a shovel than with tweezers” (2018, 8), we want to know if a robot can do part of the process for us. And if a robot can, what are the implications for our work and for the collection? This lightning talk will discuss our research, from making the case for this project to the Library’s Business Innovation Group, to developing our process for testing machines and workflows for bulk processing CD-ROMs. It will touch on our findings so far and the broader implications of bulk processing on our work at the Library. Reference: Owens, Trevor. The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2018.

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Flora Feltham

Digital Archivist, Alexander Turnbull Library

Tuesday November 19, 2019 3:38pm - 3:45pm
Soundings Theatre Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


Bots I have met
Bots are automated pieces of software that carry out a set of operations with some degree of independence, often with behaviour mimicking a person. They’re becoming increasingly sophisticated and have been adopted for a range of purposes within the museum sector. Example uses include sharing random collection items, being involved in online conversations to answer visitors questions, and re-using content in novel ways. This talk looks at museum examples around the world. What is required for you or others to develop bots based on your content? What can be achieved with a bot? What is the potential of the next generation of bots?

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Paul Rowe

CEO, Vernon Systems
I develop software for organizations and individuals that collect, interpret and share collections. I am CEO of Vernon Systems, an Auckland-based museum software company. I am particularly interested in the use of web-based systems within museums and increasing public access to museum... Read More →

Tuesday November 19, 2019 3:46pm - 3:53pm
Soundings Theatre Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


The exhibition closes but the digital offspring lives on

How can an exhibition’s digital elements lead an independent life after its parent no longer exists? Should extending the life of digital assets be a key driver in their concept development? By repurposing them, we ensure their original story telling DNA survives, reaching new non-attending museum audiences. 

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Rachel Bush

Exhibitions Curator, MOTAT
I have been at MOTAT for almost three years in exhibitions where I’ve discovered the mad world of planes, trains, and automobiles. I am currently studying part-time at AUT, completing a Masters in Cultural and Creative Practice. Previously, I worked in TV production.

Tuesday November 19, 2019 3:54pm - 4:01pm
Soundings Theatre Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


What were you using NZ Museums for today? Digging into user survey results
This presentation looks at the results of the first six months of surveying users of collection sharing website NZ Museums. It'll look at why we wanted to start surveying, how we benchmarked against other Te Papa related sites, and what our results looked like, from positive affirmation of our assumptions to the less positive unanswerable questions and feedback better provided to the museums who share collections on our site. In summary it'll consider what we can do with the information we gathered to inform how we design the next NZ Museums development and encourage others to regularly check in with their users.

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Emma Philpott

Content and Resource Adviser, National Services Te Paerangi, Te Papa

Tuesday November 19, 2019 4:02pm - 4:09pm
Soundings Theatre Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


The National Library & digital storage
The National Library of New Zealand has been facing increasing and conspicuous digital storage cost pressure with the volume of digital collections growing rapidly over time. To alleviate this pressure, the Library initiated the Optimising Digital Storage project in 2016 to implement a new IT storage solution. As the Library embarked on this greenfield project, it utilised the opportunity to improve and strengthen its IT storage infrastructure (including geographic redundancy), thus creating a stronger foundation and pathway forwards. At the same time we are also clear that all technology change needs to be focused on its transformational impact and we see this change as being central to the Library’s digital transformation journey, and allowing us to better leverage our digital collections to engage with our customers, e.g. providing an environment that can support digital research for a range of communities. This presentation will introduce the project and the direction of travel we envisage opening up for us as a result.

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Cynthia Wu

Digital Preservation Technical Specialist, National Library of New Zealand
Cynthia Wu is the Digital Preservation Technical Specialist at the National Library of New Zealand. She received her B.Sc in Computer Science, Information Systems from the University of Auckland, and her Master of Library and Information Studies from the Victoria University of Wellington... Read More →

Tuesday November 19, 2019 4:10pm - 4:17pm
Soundings Theatre Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


Creative Commons copyright licensing explained
At the last NDF conference some attendees said they were frustrated about not knowing more about Creative Commons copyright licenses. This lightening talk will explain the key concepts of Creative Commons copyright licensing and how to appropriately use Creative Commons licensed works and also apply the licenses to your work.

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Victoria Leachman

Rights Manager, Te Papa
My day job is being a copyright geek and GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums) worker. I'm interested in collections, content, and copying. I'm also interested in open reuse of content, ensuring a vibrant public domain, and supporting use of Creative Commons copyright licensing... Read More →

Tuesday November 19, 2019 4:18pm - 4:25pm
Soundings Theatre Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand