Monthly seminars of the Digital Shift Forum – #RLUKDSF

RLUK’s Digital Shift Forum brings together colleagues from across the information, research, cultural and heritage communities, and third and commercial sectors, to discuss the future of the digital shift in research collections, services, and audiences. 

These monthly seminars include high-profile international speakers, from a wide variety of backgrounds and professions, who are at the forefront of current thinking around the digital shift. They provide time and space for wide-ranging, inter-disciplinary discussions regarding the future of the digital shift, and provide a springboard for cross-sector collaboration. The Digital Shift Forum is open to all, and you do not need to belong to an RLUK member institution to attend or participate. 
 
Recordings of previous seminars are available on the RLUK website.

20 January 2021, 14:00 – 15:00 (GMT)
Managing digital in a time of accelerating change

John Stack, Digital Director, Science Museum Group 

Museums, galleries, libraries and archives operate at their touch points with their audiences. Historically, the museum experience has begun and ended with the entry and exit of a physical visit. In the digital age, digital channels are a component of all visits, and increasingly visits are digital-only experiences.
 
Digital provides galleries, libraries, archives and museums, new ways to fulfil their missions through increased reach, enhanced experiences and deeper engagement. However, the digital landscape and audience behaviour continues to evolve rapidly presenting the challenge of how to keep up with ever-changing digital technologies and audience expectations. This talk will explore the ways in which digital might be deployed to achieve
the right mix of sustainable long-term solutions, and experiments and exploration of emerging technologies.

3 February 2021, 14:00 – 15:00 (GMT)
Data and Information for Sustainable Living and Future

Gobinda Chowdhury, Professor of Information Science, University of Strathclyde
 
Research shows that creation, management and sharing of relevant data and information form the foundation of success in achieving sustainable development in every field. However,
Information Poverty remains a critical issue for societies today. Information poverty can be caused by a number of factors ranging from lack of access to ICTs to lack of basic digital skills, and poor information and data literacy. Over 10% of UK population don’t have access to internet or ICT; 28% of people aged 65 are offline; 4.3 million people in UK do not have any basic digital skills, and 11.3 million people have very few basic digital skills.
Recent reports on data misuse, misinformation and infodemics present clear evidences of potential risks and damages to individuals and society.
 
This talk will touch upon some of these key points highlighting the challenges posed by data and information poverty in everyday life and society. While  pointing towards some potential
solutions for improving data and information access and use, the speaker will argue that such solutions can only be achieved through concerted efforts of multiple stakeholders, researchers and professionals in different domains.

17 February 2021, 14:00 – 15:00 (GMT)
Digital Creativity and the Future of Storytelling

Damian Murphy, Professor in Sound and Music Computing at AudioLab, University of York
 
The increasingly ubiquitous nature of digital technology and data in our society has delivered a transformation in both our understanding and our practice of creativity – and the role
that this digital technology holds – in its everyday realisation. We are moving to a point where digital technology integrates with and underpins many aspects of our lives and is no longer
a novelty in and of itself.

Digital Creativity therefore becomes something that provides a foundation to both support and enhance many forms of research and practice, as well as existing as an area of research in its own right, with no perceived barrier between the two.
This talk will consider digital creativity in the context of future storytelling and cases studies that have emerged from the work of the XR Stories creative clusters R&D partnership
project. From this we will consider what changes in our research culture might be demanded to ensure the wider benefit from the opportunities that digital creativity brings. How might we build a wider audience of digitally creative natives who are better able to embrace such opportunities? The impact across many aspects of our society, including the creative and cultural sectors, industry and community, has the potential to be significant.

You can register to the seminars on the Digital Shift Forum website: https://www.rluk.ac.uk/dsf/

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