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Tuesday, November 19


Keeping their voices alive: Survivor testimony projects at the Sydney Jewish Museum
As a museum created by Holocaust survivors to share their stories, oral history is at our core. Survivors were always on the Museum floor speaking to visitors and are an integral part of our education programs. Visitors regularly comment on how powerful and transformative these encounters are. So what do we do when there are inevitably no more Survivors? For many years the Sydney Jewish Museum has been grappling with this question. While nothing will ever replace the experience of meeting a Holocaust Survivor, we know testimony will still have a central role in Holocaust education and this has led us on a search for the best practice in delivering eye-witness accounts. Some schemes fit within our budget and some are pipe-dreams we can’t let go of. Time is of the essence as living witnesses grow fewer and fewer. In this presentation I will outline how the Sydney Jewish Museum has been thinking through the challenge of preserving oral histories, the presentation options and how we have navigated the different proposals and personalities to find the right solution.


Shannon Biederman

Curator Collections, Sydney Jewish Museum
I have worked at the Sydney Jewish Museum for 14 years. Part of my role is exhibition development and I have been a core member of the refurbishment of the SJM's permanent exhibitions as well as temporary exhibitions. Collection management is the other half of my role. In 2012... Read More →

Tuesday November 19, 2019 1:30pm - 1:55pm
Rangimarie 2 - Breakout Room Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


Sound as historical material: Developing a new way of cataloguing, describing, and accessing sound in the archive.
From July 2019 to July 2020, I will be the Mittelhauser scholar-in-residence at the State Library of Queensland. In this residency the development of a methodology for cataloguing sounds within the State Library’s collections—both extant, and newly collected—in a way that makes historical sound more searchable and perceivable by researchers and the public. This presentation will examine the basis for this project, its methodology, and its projected outcomes. Sound is a powerful trigger for individual memory; descriptions, recordings, and reconstructions of sound often form a part of our attempt, not just to describe the past, but to make the past convincing to each other—to make it present. In collections, a single sound recording can provide the same multilayered information as a photograph—a multiplicity of details about past experience, not necessarily linguistic but affective. The examination of sound in this way can provide a rich understanding of past experience.

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Seth Ellis

Senior Lecturer in Interactive Media, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University
I develop interactive experiences, using digital technologies to make historical stories more accessible and affective. I'm currently Mittelheuser Scholar In Residence at the State Library of Queensland, where I'm working on investigating the audio materials within their collections... Read More →

Tuesday November 19, 2019 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Rangimarie 2 - Breakout Room Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


The impact of voice search on museum content
In 2019 voice assistants (Siri, Alexa, Google Home) are now managing upwards of 1 billion tasks per month, whether playing music, providing directions, booking appointments or searching the web. While a traditional Google search would provide a user with multiple pages of results, allowing them to select the best match to their query - a voice search can only deliver one result per search. The system, whether Amazon, Google or Apple is mediating the information, sitting between our users and our content - directly selecting what to show and what to hide. So how is this going to impact museums? How should we prepare for this new model of interaction with our content?

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Adam Moriarty

Head of Collection Information, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Tuesday November 19, 2019 2:30pm - 2:55pm
Rangimarie 2 - Breakout Room Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Wednesday, November 20


Te Taiao | Nature: Guiding principles
Te Papa recently completed the redevelopment of its natural-history zone, Te Taiao | Nature. This fully bilingual zone merges mātauranga (Māori knowledge) and science, is highly immersive and interactive, and inspires action to protect the natural world. 
Frith Williams will explore the key interpretive principles that guided this transformation, including around the use of digital technologies, and share examples of their expression in the exhibition space. The redevelopment was driven by a new mission, new ways of thinking about and involving audiences, and a new approach to measuring success. Tough topics are confronted in creative, inspiring ways, with the aim of empowering audiences well beyond their visit.
At a time when many museums are renewing, Frith will touch on key challenges faced and lessons learned along the way.

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Frith Williams

Head of Writing, Museum Renewal, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Kia ora, hello. I'm a Kiwi but am currently on a Fulbright Award exploring developments in digital storytelling and bilingual/bicultural interpretation in US museums. I've been based at the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, but have been travelling all around the US. Lucky... Read More →

Wednesday November 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:25am
Rangimarie 2 - Breakout Room Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


Reconstituting the past through historic data modelling: how a culturally-tuned CIDOC-CRM semantic web/linked open data architecture reveals latent structures in Māori cultural data
Identifying, contacting and engaging missing shareholders constitutes an enormous challenge for Māori corporations, iwi and hapū across Aotearoa New Zealand. Without accurate data or tools to harmonise existing fragmented or conflicting data sources, issues around land succession, opportunities for economic development, and maintenance of whānau relationships are all negatively impacted. Māori Land Online (MLO) is the key public-facing portal for documenting and managing land succession information. It is, however, a complex system that has serious legacy issues which impact on opportunities to harvest, analyse, and visualise the rich whānau, whenua, and te reo cultural data held by Te Kooti Whenua Māori / Māori Land Court and Toitū te Whenua / Land Information New Zealand. Researchers at Victoria University of Wellington have developed a culturally-tuned semantic web/linked open data (CIDOC-CRM) information architecture as a framework to knit together and explore relevant and accessible data in order to find missing shareholders for Taranaki-based Parininihi ki Waitotara Corporation, Inc (PKW). Funded by the National Science Challenge Science for Technological Innovation this foundational work is grounded in Mātauranga Māori and Māori Data Sovereignty principles, and has faciliated a prototype web app to assist in shareholder disambiguation and a generative model that reveals latent structures in the MLO data as they have changed over time. This work is also a key step towards our goal of building an interoperable data infrastructure capable of unlocking Māori-Crown data for a prosperous economic, cultural, and socially revitalised post-settlement future. Presenters and researchers Rhys Owen and Rere-No-A-Rangi Pope will share the project's work-in-progress on behalf of the other co-authors Sydney Shep, Marcus Frean and Valerie Chan.

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Rere-No-A-Rangi Pope

Research Assistant, Victoria University
He uri ahau nō Ngāruahinerangi. I work in the exciting space where cultural heritage and digital technologies meet. Our current project hopes to help reconnect whānau with their ancestral lands in Taranaki through employing data science and cultural informatics. Feel free to speak... Read More →
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Rhys Owen

Technical Lead at Wai-te-ata Press : Te Whare Ta O Wai-te-ata, Victoria University of Wellington

Sydney Shep

Reader in Book History, Wai-te-ata Press, Victoria University Wellington

Wednesday November 20, 2019 11:30am - 11:55am
Rangimarie 2 - Breakout Room Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


Kei tua o te whakamāoritia: e pehea ana Te Rua Mahara kia whakapai ake ngā tikanga me ngā ratonga ka taea kia tutuki ai ngā hiahia o Te Ao Māori
Kei tua o te whakamāoritia: e pehea ana Te Rua Mahara kia whakapai ake ngā tikanga me ngā ratonga ka taea kia tutuki ai ngā hiahia o Te Ao Māori

​Beyond translation: How Archives New Zealand is improving its culture, systems and services to meet the needs of iwi/Māori


Wednesday November 20, 2019 12:00pm - 12:25pm
Rangimarie 2 - Breakout Room Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


VR Ye ha!
During Tech Week 2019 Puke Ariki Library offered VR (Virtual Reality) experiences to the community, exploring the theme “Technology that is good for the World”. During the sessions we observed customers reactions to their experiences of VR, and also asked their opinions by way of a survey. We observed the bringing together of all cultures and ages in our community, from families to individuals, with shared experiences that invoked the emotions of everyday life.

We would like to share our findings with you. Our decisions around technical equipment and evaluation of it, the setup of our “Tech Lab”, how we also took VR around our Community Libraries, our customers reactions - their joys and sorrows, our reactions to offering a programme such as this and the ease of doing so. We will also share how we were able to bring experiences to people who would otherwise not have been able to achieve them such as those with disabilities or mobility challenges. How humbling it is to open up the world and universe to people and be able to “change lives” (customer quote) through our libraries.

Where VR has to date been expensive technology that people have been looking for the real purpose of, we believe we are starting to identify benefits. As technology develops, becomes more accessible and affordable and more people create content, we see opportunities to enrich the lives of people in our community through this technology.


Angela Jowitt

Puke Ariki Library

Scott Burgess

Puke Ariki Library

Wednesday November 20, 2019 2:00pm - 2:25pm
Rangimarie 2 - Breakout Room Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand


He Tohu VR: Taking (virtual) archives to the people
One of the goals of the He Tohu exhibition is to provide better access to three constitutional documents that continue to shape Aotearoa New Zealand: He Whakaputanga (known in English as the Declaration of Independence), Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the Women's Suffrage Petition. Yet these documents are both fragile and on permanent display in Wellington, preventing their display in other places. How could we met the goal of increased access, and the request from Iwi leaders to take these archives to the people? One answer was virtual reality. Using high definition photogrammetry and a team of writers, curators and musicians, a virtual representation of the He Tohu document room and its three taonga tuku iho was created as an experiential treat and learning resource for those unable to visit the exhibition in person. This presentation explores the creation of the He Tohu VR experience.

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Rene Burton

National Manager, Online, National Library of New Zealand
National Manager Online, Services to Schools, National Library of New ZealandProduct Owner for development of He Tohu Tāmaki learning environment and online learning resources
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Jared Davidson

Senior Archivist Ohu Hāpori, Archives New Zealand
Jared Davidson is a Senior Archivist Ohu Hāpori at Archives New Zealand, and a curator of He Tohu.

Wednesday November 20, 2019 2:30pm - 2:55pm
Rangimarie 2 - Breakout Room Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand