The NDF conference has gone from strength to strength and this year's will continue to build on the successes and feedback of past conferences to bring you insight and inspiration across two days of networking and presentations. We are privileged to have four incredible keynote speakers heading our way for the NDF2012 Conference:
- Piotr Adamczyk - from the Google Art Project, has been exploring the possibilities for exchange between practices in the sciences and evaluation techniques from the arts. Piotr has recently focused on the use of open/linked data in cultural heritage institutions
- Sarah Barns - researcher, strategist and digital producer whose work sits at the intersection of cultural heritage, digital media and urban history. Sarah's work combines the digital world with hyper-local spaces, expanding the museum into our streets
- Nate Solas - Senior New Media Developer at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. Nate leads the team responsible for back-end development and database work for all Walker web properties, including the much-lauded walkerart.org
- Aaron Straup Cope - all the way from the internet. Aaron is a design technologist and software developer with a focus on all things geo who will talk "time pixels / units of measure in the land of fan-fiction, rent-seeking and lifestyle porn." How could you say no?
In addition to the keynotes, there's an awesome line-up of speakers from across the GLAM sector. The range of topics is huge! Citizen engagement and crowdsourcing, tensions between access and privacy, reshaping exhibition paradigms, linked data and the semantic web, hackathons, gamification, and augmented reality storytelling. And zombies. And more.
Registration is now open and more information about speakers is on the NDF website.
For the first time, the National Digital Forum is reaching out to cities around New Zealand to help extend the collaboration and conversation that happens at the conference. We're running a series of half-day barcamps that will give everyone the chance to share ideas about our digital interaction with culture and heritage.
NDF local barcamps have been scheduled in nine different centres in the lead up to this year’s National Digital Forum conference in Wellington.
The free half day events are being held on the following dates in the following centres
• Auckland (2 Nov)
• Christchurch (1 Nov)
• Dunedin (30 Oct)
• Levin (30 Oct)
• Napier (26 Oct)
• Nelson (5 Nov)
• Rotorua (30 Oct)
• Tauranga (29 Oct)
• Wellington (26 Oct)
These NDF barcamps are an opportunity to get together with others in your region and share ideas about the digital work of museums, libraries, archives, galleries and others in the broad cultural heritage space.
For more detail go to http://www.ndf.org.nz/regions/
Spaces are limited so get in quick to reserve your space http://www.ndf.org.nz/barcamp-registration
New Zealand's first THATCamp will be held at Victoria University on Thursday 22 November. If you're passionate about the humanities and technology, it'll be worth staying in Wellington after NDF2012 for this event.
Contact NDF by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ndfnz, or visit the conference website: www.ndf.org.nz.