Panel: Cultural Collections as Data

Friday, April 05, 2019: 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Independence East West


Cultural Collections as Data: Aiming for Digital Data Literacy and Tool Development
- Liz Neely, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, USA, Chad Weinard, Williams College Museum of Art, USA
Panelists will survey current practice aiming toward digital literacy and tool development for museum data and learn from the aligned discipline of digital humanities for a closer look at using collections as data. How can museums act to fundamentally change the way we think about publishing and producing tools for generating new knowledge? What are the ways in which museums can acknowledge, examine, and provide access to interrogate ethical uses of data and cataloging practices as part of the decolonization of museums? Panelists will share concepts and work from the digital humanities, the field of interactive data visualization, examples from the panelists’ own projects with museums, and other emerging collections as data.