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Inclusive innovation: digital creativity and opportunities

Virtual Conference :: 11-15 July 2022

DCDC22 will showcase how digital innovation is transforming the cultural heritage and academic sectors and their relationship with their audiences. From individual projects to national programmes, for organisations and groups large and small, we look forward to examining the opportunities and challenges that digital technologies and collaboration can offer.

Emerging technologies have brought considerable benefits to cultural heritage organisations, transforming approaches to institutional collections, our ways of working, and the way people discover and engage with collections. As research continues to drive innovation, how can we ensure that our practices remain relevant, open, inclusive, representative and transformative? How can our practices in turn enable new innovations?

Championing creativity and talent within the GLAMA (galleries, libraries, archives, museums and academia) sector and exploring digital solutions at scale, DCDC22 is a forum for knowledge-exchange between organisations and individuals at all levels. We will explore how research is reimagining how our collections are formed and preserved, how audiences engage with and contribute to our work, and how we plan for the future.

DCDC stands for Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities. We are a cross-sectoral conference, hosted by The National ArchivesRLUK and Jisc, that brings together the GLAMA sector to shine a light on our shared experiences, innovations, interests and concerns.

DCDC22 updates

We have lots of exciting content planned for this year. We’re teaming up again with History Day to provide a virtual exhibition area, where you can discover history collections and connect with collections staff from across the UK. We’re also working with early career networks across the GLAM and Academic sectors to provide a strand of interactive sessions for early career delegates. The conference platform will host a range of content, from pre-recorded videos on this year’s theme, to our sponsor hall and networking spaces. Our social and knowledge exchange hub will enable colleagues from across the sector to connect and share best practice, new ideas and work collaboratively.

Early careers in digital GLAMA: a virtual dinner party

Are you an early career researcher or professional (ECR/P) working in digital and with the GLAMA sector (galleries, libraries, archives, museums and academia)? Would you like to discuss your current experiences and hear from others about their journey?

Sign up for a free virtual dinner party where we will be discussing thoughts on the impact of the pandemic, developing skills and access to training, equality diversity and inclusion, digital innovation, barriers and opportunities, future career plans and more.

You can sign up for this event at https://bit.ly/3n6ngNZ (DCDC delegates do not need to register)

Funders Marketplace

The Funders Marketplace brings together funders and professionals from cultural heritage organisations to discuss prospective funding opportunities and ideas for enhancing and strengthening collections. 

Participating funders at DCDC22:

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • National Lottery Heritage Fund
  • Arts Council England
  • The National Archives
  • Friends of the National Libraries and National Manuscripts Conservation Trust

You find out more about the funders at their virtual stands and you will be able to book 1:1 appointments with them for Wednesday 13 July, to find out more about funding opportunities, seek advice on funding applications, pitch ideas for prospective projects, or request general guidance on obtaining funding for projects.

History Day at DCDC22

We are pleased to be hosting a special History Day event during DCDC22. On the afternoon of 13 July there will be a free event, organised by the Institute of Historical Research and Senate House Library, to showcase the value of collaborations between collections staff and researchers.

Delegates that sign up for DCDC22 will get automatic access to History Day, however if you would like to attend the History Day event only then please click here to find out more about it and register.

Social and Knowledge Exchange Hub

The DCDC community is for like-minded colleagues working with collections, wherever they may be, to come together in a supportive space to share experiences and expertise. Our community spans across the different cultural sectors, and from many different parts of the world. At DCDC22 we will have a virtual Social and Knowledge Exchange Hub for delegates to informally connect with each other and discuss possible collaborative projects.

The Social and Knowledge Exchange Hub is a space where delegates can:

  • Share what you are most looking forward to over the five days of the conference
  • Tap into the wealth of expertise and experience of DCDC colleagues to get feedback on work in progress projects and endeavours.
  • Share potential collaborative opportunities 
  • Canvass delegates for any digital dilemmas you are having in relation to a project or work process

DCDC22 Keynote Speakers

Chao Tayiana Maina

Founder, African Digital Heritage

Chao Tayiana Maina is a Kenyan digital heritage specialist and digital humanities scholar working at the intersection of culture and technology.

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Mar Hicks

Associate Professor of History, Illinois Institute of Technology

Mar Hicks is an author, historian, and professor doing research on the history of computing, labor, technology, and queer science and technology studies.

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Regina Everitt

Assistant Chief Operating Officer & Director of Library, Archives and Learning Services, University of East London

Regina Everitt is ACOO & Director of Library, Archives and Learning Services at UEL.

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Mark Martin MBE

Assistant Professor in Computer Science & Education Practice, NCH London

Mark Martin aka @Urban_Teacher is an Advanced Skills Teacher in Education and Computer Science.

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Léonie Watson

Director, TetraLogical

Léonie is Director of TetraLogical; a member of the W3C Advisory Board; co-Chair of the W3C Web Applications Working Group; and a member of the BIMA Inclusive Design Council.

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Josie Fraser

Head of Digital Policy, National Lottery Heritage Fund

Josie Fraser is Head of Digital Policy at the National Lottery Heritage Fund

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Alec Ward

Digital Skills Manager, Culture24

Alec Ward is Digital Skills Manager at Culture24

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Oonagh Murphy

Lecturer of Arts Management, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr Oonagh Murphy is Lecturer of Arts Management at the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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Patrick Towell

Innovation Director, The Audience Agency

Patrick Towell is the Innovation Director of The Audience Agency (TAA), the UK’s leading organisation for sector intelligence and audience insight for the arts, culture and heritage sectors.

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General information

Virtual platform

DCDC22 will be held on the Pheedloop platform. Pheedloop works on all modern browsers, but does not work on Internet Explorer.

Registration info

Registration for the conference can be done online via Eventbrite.

Further information can be found at the DCDC22 FAQ. We strongly advise delegates to review the FAQ before registering.

Conference fees

  • DCDC22 early bird (UK and Northern Ireland): £45 +VAT (£54)
  • DCDC22 early bird (International): £45 

*** Early bird tickets will be available up to Wednesday 8 June 18:00 (BST) only

  • DCDC22 delegate (UK and Northern Ireland): £60 +VAT (£72) 
  • DCDC22 delegate (International): £60 

DCDC22 bursaries

This year, we are delighted to offer two types of bursary:

Registration bursaries to cover the costs of online registration for DCDC22

Expenses bursaries for those that require additional support to participate in the conference

Click here to find out more about these bursaries and how to apply

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