November 27, 2013

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Giuliana Bullard

Dartmouth College’s Mary Flanagan and Collections Trust’s Nick Poole
To Keynote WebWise 2014

Registration Now Open

Washington, DC—Registration is now open for the Institute of Museum and Library Services’s 2014 WebWise conference, which will take place February 10-12 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace in Baltimore, MD. The two-and-a-half-day conference exploring digital technologies in museums and libraries will feature keynote speakers Nick Poole from Collections Trust and Mary Flanagan from Dartmouth College.

WebWise 2014’s theme is Anchoring Communities, and the conference again this year features a participatory and interactive format. Register and help shape the WebWise agenda by voting on workshop topics at the WebWise 2014 website.

Through hands-on workshops, project demonstrations, project incubation working groups, and lightning talks, conference attendees will be able to take advantage of a diverse program, featuring opportunities to learn new skills, to share an experience, and to forge partnerships and connections with peers at other institutions. Topics will include makerspaces, the Digital Public Library of America, MURKUTU, and 3-D object imaging.

A signature initiative of IMLS, the WebWise Conference annually brings together representatives of museums, libraries, archives, systems science, education, and other fields to explore the many opportunities made possible by digital technologies. WebWise highlights recent research and innovations in digital technology, explores their potential impacts on library and museum services, and promotes effective museum and library practices in a digital environment. It also provides recipients of technology-based grants from the Institute with an opportunity to showcase their exemplary projects. George Mason University’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM) is helping to organize the conference.

Keynote Speakers

Nick Poole is CEO of Collections Trust and Chair of the Europeana Network. The Collections Trust is an independent UK-based charity organization working with museums, libraries, galleries, and archives worldwide to improve the management of their collections.

Professor Mary Flanagan holds the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professorship in Digital Humanities at Dartmouth College. An artist, writer, researcher, and founder of the Tiltfactor research lab, Flanagan is known for her theories on play culture, activist design, and critical play. Her research examines the role of games in collaboration and in creating paradigms for productive social interaction. She will demonstrate these capacities in the Metadata Games project, which institutions can use to further knowledge about their artifacts through the use of games.

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