Digital inspiration – NDF Conference 2010

Digital inspiration for cultural institutions – museums, galleries and libraries -was in good supply at the recent National Digital Forum Conference 2010 held at Te Papa, 18-19 October 2010. This year’s keynote speakers were outstanding – witty, engaged and provocative.

If you missed the conference, want to revisit their presentations or share them around, the recordings of the keynotes (as well as all other presentations held in Soundings during NDF 2010) are now available online through the NDF conference website , or click on the links below:

Michael Edson
Director of Web and New Media Strategy, Smithsonian Institution, USA
“The Smithsonian Commons: Risks, Roles and Relevance in the Digital Age”

Dan Hill
Designer and Urbanist, Arup, Australia
“New Cultural Spaces”

Nick Poole
CEO, Collections Trust, UK
“The Way Ahead – a Vision for Post-Digital Culture”

Take outs from the conference? – for me there were many, but here are a few:

  • we don’t need to be the shiny, perfect product all of the time
  • ask why we are doing this, all the time – challenge your assumptions
  • think about where and when we to interact digitally with people’s lives
  • remember that digital is not a separate thing.

Planning for NDF 2011 is already underway – in the meantime keep those conversations and the digital momentum going.

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