Collections Trust Conference 2016: Who Needs Digitised Collections?

Collections Trust are set to host their 2016 conference on 29 September at the Coin Street Conference Centre in London. The conference will address the question of “Who Needs Digitised Collections?”

Around the world, museums of all sizes are digitising their collections and making the results available online in increasingly joined-up ways. As the government here declares its ambition to ‘make the UK one of the world’s leading countries for digitised public collections content’, this year’s Collections Trust Conference steps back from data standards and technical matters – and considers users and their needs. It is not about how to digitise your collections, but rather why you might want to.

The conference will focus on:

  • Uncovering what the sector already knows about who wants this information and who is using it
  • Explore content sharing initiatives that are user focused
  • Thinking about how to create an embedded strategy for content sharing
  • Assessing what information needs to be captured in order to participate in initiatives
  • Propose methods for capturing and sharing data across networks for various uses

The keynote at the conference will be delivered by Marco de Niet, Director of Digital Heritage Netherlands Foundation, who will address the Dutch National Digital Heritage Strategy. Other speakers at the event include:

  • Katie Moffat – Head of Digital, The Audience Agency
  • Jill Cousins, Executive Director, Europeana Foundation
  • Fiona Talbott, Head of Museums, Libraries & Archives, HLF
  • Jane Finnis and Anra Kennedy, Culture24
  • Rheinallt Ffoster-Jones, Programme Manager, National Museum Wales
  • Maria Economou, Lecturer in Museum Studies, University of Glasgow
  • Richard Leeming – External Relationship Manager, Research and Education Space, BBC

For further information and to book a place, please see here.

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