Collider: Representing Cultural Heritage


As of 2010, the amount of information that was stored on technological devices would have filled enough books to cover all the landmass on Earth two times over [1].  With more information that we could ever process at our fingertips every day, we have no way of understanding the breadth of information available to us. Cultural heritage institutions continue to add to this overwhelming amount of information, collecting artifacts that record histories, cultures, and innovations.  Studies of cultural heritage artifacts improve our understanding of the past to inform our response to present-day challenges. To make sure cultural heritage studies are as wide-reaching as possible, we need new interfaces to cultural heritage collections, interfaces that provide overviews of the collections to complement interfaces that display collections item by item.

A Collider is a conceptual design event, bringing together computational thinking and design thinking, to pull informaticians together with designers and problem holders.  At the start of the Collider we set the scene with a challenge statement from Kirsty Lingstadt, Head of Digital Library & Deputy Head of Library and University Collections. This will be followed by three inspirational talks, before breaking out in to workshop sessions.

Presenters Include:

  • Rob Cawston (National Museums Scotland, Head of Digital Media)
  • James Loxley (University of Edinburgh, Professor of Early Modern Literature) and Bea Alex (University of Edinburgh, Chancellors Fellow at EFI and the School of Literatures and Cultures, Turing Fellow at the Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation)
  • Deb McLean (Deloitte Digital, Principal).

Registration will begin from 9.00am with the event starting at 9.30am until 12.30pm.

Event is free but places are limited so please sign up in advance via Eventbrite.

[1] https://rss.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1740-9713.2012.00584.x


Image Credit: Lucy Havens

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