CURATEcamp Exhibition: Exhibition in and of the Digital Age

General exhibition, Poster for Federal Art Project exhibition at the Federal Art. Call Number: POS – WPA – MASS .01 .G45, no. 1 (C size)  Prints and Photographs

Alongside this year’s Digital Preservation 2013 meeting, I am excited to announce that we will also be playing host to a CURATEcamp unconference focused on exploring the idea of exhibition. For those unfamiliar with unconferences, the key idea is that the participants define the agenda and that there are no spectators, everyone who comes should plan on actively participating in and helping to lead discussions. Everybody who participates should come ready to work.

CURATEcamp Exhibition

An exhibition involves organizing, contextualizing and displaying collection items. As cultural heritage organizations increasingly make both digitized and born-digital materials available, we find a range of opportunities for exhibiting them. Thinking broadly about the idea of exhibition, everything from faceted browsing and visualizations to linear and non-linear modes of presenting materials, is part of the interpretive framework through which users make sense of collection materials.

This CURATEcamp unconference offers an opportunity for curators, archivists, librarians, scholars, software developers, computer engineers and others to share, demonstrate and refine ideas about exhibition in the digital age.

I am excited to co-facilitate this unconference with Sharon Leon, director of public projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and Michael Edson, director of web and new media strategy at the Smithsonian Institution.

When: July 25, 2013

Where: Alexandria, VA

Register:  You can register for the meeting from the Digital Preservation conference registration page.  Note that the CURATEcamp is limited to the first 100 registrants.

Potential Session Topics include:

  • Open Authority and Curatorial Voice
  • Online Exhibition at Scale
  • Visualization as Exhibition
  • Exhibiting Born Digital Objects
  • Interpretation for Mobile Devices
  • Digital Storytelling and Cultural Heritage Collections
  • Collection Interfaces that Contextualize
  •  Storytelling and Linked Data
  • Social Media as Exhibition
  • Citizen Curators
  • Blogs as Serialized Exhibits
  • Data Journalism as inspiration for Exhibition
Register soon, as space is likely to fill up fast.