We were very lucky to have our second network workshop in one of the fantastic learning centre seminar rooms at the National Museum of Scotland – many thanks again to network member and NMS Head of Learning & Programmes Stephen Allen for hosting us.
The workshop kicked off with a set of stimulating lightning talks:
- Cultural exchanges: mapping texts, travellers, tales – Anna Groundwater, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
- Digital Collections at the National Library of Scotland – Ines Byrne and Fredric Saunderson, National Library of Scotland
- A year in wikimedia open knowledge & scotland’s museums – Sara Thomas, Wikimedian in residence, Museums Galleries Scotland
- Introducing Scran – Andrew Nicoll, Historic Environment Scotland
These were followed by an excellent keynote presentation from Dr Jenny Kidd, Cardiff University. Jenny’s talk, ‘Impacts and ethics in digital cultural heritage research’, contextualised the university sector’s priorities and tensions around impact, and drew on her own experiences of grappling with research impact to pose a number of provocative questions, including:
- how do we use statistical evidence and what stories do we tell?
- who is allowed to speak to a project’s impacts?
- are the beneficiaries of our work who we think they are?
These and other questions were discussed energetically during the break!
The second half of the workshop involved a discussion of MOOCs as a form of impact, with network co-ordinator Sian Bayne leading a conversation with Glyn Davis (Warhol MOOC) and Stephen Allen (NMS’ ‘Photography: A Victorian Sensation’ MOOC), who shared their perspectives and answered questions.
We wrapped up with a fast-paced ‘speed dating’ activity, where the following questions were discussed:
- What project or idea do you most want to develop?
- What are some interesting approaches you’ve used/seen for generating or analysing cultural heritage data?
- How would you describe your approach to demonstrating the impact of your work in the area of digital cultural heritage?
- Industry, policy, practice, public. What do you see as the challenges to knowledge exchange with one (or more) of these groups?
Below is a summary of the day captured in tweet form – thank you to all who were tweeting! #dchrn