Digital Collecting Practices: Programme

16 October 2019
University of Leeds

A one-day symposium examining emerging digital museum and archive practices related to collecting and collections management with a particular focus on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and/or social media, and the ethical implications and considerations of doing so.

The event is the culmination of a collaboration between the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage at the University of Leeds and the Collecting Social Photo project looking into the potential of image recognition software in museum and archive cataloguing processes.


10.00 – 10.30

Registration and coffee

10.30 – 11.15

The Collecting Social Photo Project
Kajsa Hartig (Nordic Museum), Elisabeth Boogh (Stockholm Museum), Bente Jensen (Aalborg City Archives) & Anni Wallenius (Finnish Museum of Photography)

11.15 – 12.30

Lacking in context: Experiments with AI in photo cataloguing
Arran Rees, Doctoral Researcher, School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, University of Leeds

Error or serendipity? An AI and collection metadata experiment at Royal Pavilion & Museums
Kevin Bacon, Digital Manager at the Royal Pavilion & Museums

Researching collections information on social media
Chiara Zuanni, Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities at the University of Graz


12.30 – 13.30


13.30 – 14.30

Social Media in a Conflict Museum
Chris Cooper, Senior Curator of Contemporary Warfare at Imperial War Museum

(Re)use of digitised Science Museum Group collection images: reflections on methods for social media data collection and processing
Rhiannon Lewis, Doctoral Researcher, University of London and Science Museum


14.30 – 15.30

Who Narrates the Museum? Ethical Implications for the study of Museums DigiPlace
Valentina Vavasori, Doctoral Researcher, Kings College London

Social Media in Practice
Zara Worth, Artist and Doctoral Researcher at Leeds Beckett University


15.30 – 15.45


15.45 – 16.30

Work in Progress / Show and Tells / Soap Box

16.30 – 16.45

Wrap up and close

Digital Collecting Practices programme.

See here for more information including how to book your place.