Friday, 27 November 2009

Digital Treasure's Conference at The Public

Yesterday I went to the Digital Treasures conference at The Public with half arts council hat on and half curator hat on. This day was about 'Rethinking archives in the digital age.'

The day had some really good speakers which included:

Ed Vaizey MP, Tony Ageh, Controller of Archive Development, Screen WM in the first part of the day.

This was followed by an open panel including Jim Forrest, Web Creative Director of the Peabody Essex Museum, Massachusetts, Lisa Meyer, Capsule (who has started Home of Metal - a project about Brum being just that), Professor Vanessa Toulmin, National Fairground Archive, Arfon Smith, Oxford University and Technical Lead on Galaxy Zoo (who was amazing with some great projects - looking forward to Zooniverse!)

Then there were workshops - the first had Pirate Party leader Andrew Robinson on the panel, and I know we were talking Rights and Licences but I couldn't shake the image of him with a wooden leg, eye patch and parrott from my mind...

In the afternoon and post tea and brownie that I had with my workshops team we heard from Clusta/Television Junction Tak! Steve Gardam, Imperial War Museum and Paula Le Dieu, Director of Digital, BFI and a lady from Wikimedia UK
With Gordon Bell from Micrsoft rounding off the day with an insight into his 'Total Recall' idea of collecting all your memories in low resolution taking up only approx 10 terrabites of memory!

This day, though long, was very interesting, listening to how people had begun to create digital archives and used the technology to the benefits of audience and the projects in total was fascinating. Though a little lost mid day with the rights and ownership discussions this conference threw up a lot of discussion and debate and I feel we didn't even skim the surface of this topic plus I have not mentioned all of the speakers as many were added as the day rolled on.

Was also quite nice to go to The Public and play with all the interactive exhibits!

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