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Enhancing Interaction: New Zealand’s National Digital Forum (2016)


New Zealand’s National Digital Forum kicks off today at 9am (local time) at Te Papa in Wellington. For remote participants, livestreaming video is available online http://ndf.org.nz/ndf-live-stream

Hashtags: #NDF2016 #NDFNZ

For full details of the programme, download the conference app, or download the full conference programme in PDF format to review all session abstracts and bios.

Technology events in New Zealand are at the forefront of enhancing digital interaction among different generations as well as across the country and globe. We’ll be tuning in and updating this feature today and tomorrow.

Key Links


To peruse past presentations, visit NDF’s You Tube channel.


8:45 – 09:00am Mihi whakatau and welcome

09:00 – 09:30am Opening address: Richard Foy (Department of Internal Affairs)

9:30 – 10:30am Keynote: Eric T. Meyer – Memory Institutions as Knowledge Machines

In their 2015 book Knowledge Machines: Digital Transformations of the Sciences and Humanities, Eric Meyer and co-author Ralph Schroeder argue that digital technologies have fundamentally changed research practices in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. In this talk, Meyer will discuss evidence from a series of projects examining digital practices of knowledge creation, information sharing, and resource use, and will put these in the context of what challenges they raise for libraries, museums, galleries, and other memory institutions.

11:00am – 12:30pm “Five for fifteen’ talks

  1.  A round up on the latest inspirations and examples of tech in exhibitions around the world featuring: Emily Loughnan (Click Suite)
  2.  Digitising the divide: Who’s in, who’s out? Robyn Hunt & Richard Benge (AccEase, Arts Access Aotearoa)
  3.  Re-imagining Rutherford’s Den Michael Killalea & Caroline Fenton (Esem Projects, Western Sydney University)
  4.  Getting it done Matariki Williams & Nina Finigan (Tusk – Emergent Culture)
  5.  Papers Past – A Redesign Case Study Michael Lascarides (National Library)

1:30 – 2:00pm Scattered seeds Lorraine Johnston & Emma Milburn (Dunedin Public Libraries)

This presentation tells the story of a partnership between Dunedin Public Libraries and the Dunedin Lebanese community that has resulted in a Recollect site that engages with the Lebanese community and includes links back to Lebanon and to Lebanese settlement in other parts of New Zealand.

2:00 – 2:30pm Reimagining a community archive Glen Barnes, Leith Haarhoff & Heather Glasgow (Authentic, Palmerston North Libraries, Community Service)

How do you move from an out of date, proprietary, closed heritage repository system to a solution fit for the 21st Century? Palmerston North Library had the opportunity to reimagine what a digital community archive can be and how it can be a tool for community engagement and content creation.

2:30 – 3:00pm Blame it on the White Swan: The search for NZ’s missing legislative Bills Judi Eathorne-Gould (New Zealand Legal Information Institute)

NZLII in conjunction with PCO embarked in 2015 on a project to digitise New Zealand’s legislative Bills to complement the well-used collection of NZ Acts as Enacted currently on NZLII. What should have been a straightforward digitisation project turned up a disturbing gap in our heritage that serves as a warning about the fragility not only of our historical material, but our born digital government material.

3:30 – 4.30pm Lightning talks

  1. The 2020s called: They want workers to be digitally literate Kara Kennedy (University of Canterbury)
  2. Internet Arcade Greig Roulston (National Library of New Zealand)
  3. Crowdsourcing & how GLAMs encourage me to participate Siobhan Leachman (volunteer for Smithsonian Institution Transcription Center)
  4. A new type of audiotour Tim Jones (Christchurch Art Gallery)
  5. What I learned about massive branded projects from editing Wikipedia Mike Dickison (Whanganui Regional Museum)
  6. Social media struggles and sub branded communities Holly Grover (Auckland War Memorial Museum)
  7. See the forest, not the trees: free data visualisation tools Paul Rowe (Vernon Systems)
  8. Unauthorised audio tours: Theatricality in new technologies Ralph Upton & Joel Baxendale (Binge Culture)

4:30 – 5:30pm Keynote: Dave Brown Sponsored by National Library of New Zealand

Dave Brown is a Principal Software Engineer for Microsoft Research at their headquarters in Redmond, Washington. His team has worked on a number of digital experiences using rich interactive media, and he is currently focused on developing the next generation of data visualisation prototypes to help people discover and share key insights. His interests include human-computer interaction and 3D computer graphics, and is passionate about the potential for technology to enable new experiences.

Wednesday, November 23

9:00 – 9:45am Keynote: Takerei Norton Sponsored by Boost  

After working as an Environmental Advisor for nearly 10 years protecting sites of cultural significance, Takerei transferred to the Ngāi Tahu Archives Team, where he manages the Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping Project recording traditional Ngāi Tahu knowledge. This mahi is part of a wider iwi project developing a fully-integrated Ngāi Tahu archival search engine connecting internal and external repositories of Ngāi Tahu knowledge. In 2013 Takerei was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship allowing him to spend time with the Sámi people in Norway and Finland learning about methods of storing and disseminating traditional knowledge to their communities that could be applicable in New Zealand.

9:45 – 10:30am Keynote: Lillian Grace  Lillian is CEO and Founder of Figure NZ

The first organisation globally to designate everyone as a user of data and to build the systems, software, language and trust required to deliver to this standard. Lillian is also on the recently established Data Futures Partnership Working Group, as well as on the board of the NZ Innovation Partnership and of Te Pūnaha Matatini, New Zealand’s Centre of Research Excellence developing methods and approaches for transforming complex data about NZ into knowledge, tools, and insight. Previously Lillian was at Academy Award-Winning Massive Software, at think tank The New Zealand Institute.

Streamed Sessions

11 – 11.30am Digital curating and a site for possibilities: Revealing collections on Auckland Art Gallery’s new website Katherine Barrow & Fiona Moorhead (Pixel Fusion, Auckland Art Gallery)

11:30am – 12:00pm Enriching collections into stories: Finding ways to link Museum Victoria’s collections online Elycia Wallis (Museum Victoria)

1:30 – 2:15pm A fireside chat with Seb Chan Sponsored by Auckland War Memorial Museum

In conversation with Courtney Johnston, Director of the Dowse Art Museum, this will be a discussion of lessons learned from working with museums around the world, and the role of technology in democratizing cultural heritage institutions. We are delighted to welcome Seb back to New Zealand. Seb is currently Chief Experience Officer at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). He is in charge of a holistic visitor-centric design strategy for the organisation, and recently helped open ACMI X, a studio for the creative industries. He was previously Director of Digital & Emerging Media at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, where he was been responsible for the museum’s digital renewal and its transformation into an interactive, playful museum after a 3-year rebuilding and reimagining process. He also has had a parallel life in electronic music and art organising and curating festivals, international touring, and publishing.

Streamed sessions

2:15 – 2:45pm Adventures with Supplejack: Aggregating Aotearoa New Zealand’s audiovisual heritage James Taylor & Ellen Pullar (Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision)

2:45 – 3:15pm Transforming and integrating existing heritage digital collections into a digital asset management system Michael Parry (Victoria University)

3:45 – 4:45pm Keynote: Julia Kaganskiy – Incubating culture and creative economies Sponsored by Te Papa

Buzzwords aside, what does it mean to foster ‘innovation’ and ‘incubate’ cultural projects and creative enterprises? How does the incubator model translate to the cultural sector? How can institutions adopt and adapt these ideas to create new models that stay true to their mission and promote a thriving creative ecosystem? We’re delighted to welcome Julia Kaganskiy to Wellington and the National Digital Forum. Julia is Director of NEW INC,, the first museum-led incubator for art, design and technology founded by the New Museum in New York in 2014.

4:45 – 5:00pm Closing address & awards Matthew Oliver (Chair, NDF board)

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