The Digital Directions 2016 symposium on 10 November 2016 brought together scholars, policy-makers, GLAM sector professionals and creative entrepreneurs to explore the big-picture issues relating to digital cultural collections.
Session one, 9.00-11:30
Michael Loebenstein, NFSA CEO
Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA, Griffith University Centre for Creative Arts Research and Chair, Australian Film, Television and Radio School
Business models for digitisation
David Fricker, Director-General, National Archives of Australia
Jan Müller, CEO, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision; Chairman, Europeana Foundation (Keynote)
Robin Phua, Director, Digital Experience and CIO, State Library of New South Wales
Nerida O’Loughlin, Deputy Secretary, Department of Communications and the Arts
Session two, 11.30-1:00
Access and innovation
Chair: Frank Howarth, Museums Australia
Tea Uglow, Creative Director, Google Creative Lab
Tim Sherratt, Associate Professor, Digital Heritage, University of Canberra
Jessica Coates, Executive Officer, Australian Digital Alliance
Session three, 2:00-3.30
Measuring what? Quantifying value
Chair: Michael Loebenstein, CEO, NFSA
Justin O’Connor, Professor, Communications and Cultural Economy, Monash University
Paula Le Dieu, Digital Director, Kathryn Matthews, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics
Plenary: towards a more connected national digital cultural estate, 4:00–4:45
Discussion with all speakers
Chair: Anne-Marie Schwirtlich, Director-General, National Library of Australia
Prof. Julianne Schultz AM FAHA
'We are living through a time of epochal change. Innovation is the new national buzzword. When it is defined it is generally as apseudonym for technology. As head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Dr Martin Parkinson said recently, "We tend to think of innovation as being done by start-ups or people in white coats, but it's much more than that. By and large our greatest gains have come from building a culture that adapts and diffuses the ideas of others.'
The dramatic transformation of society that is taking shape in the Era of FAANG (Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google), is grounded in technological tools, but is dependent on culture. The companies leading this transformation rarely sell technology, they make their money from making meaning – the stuff of culture, humanities and the arts - into a product.
The humanities and creative arts have been sidelined in this process at institutional and national levels, but are essential. There is a need to reassert the unique contribution of the cultural sector to making innovation real and meaningful, to find new language to describe it. We also need to learn new ways of stepping forward.
Every other period of such change has been enduringly defined by the arts and humanities - that is what really lasts after the equipment passes its use by date, and the economic systems change. At this moment there is an urgent need to step in and help define the era. There is a need to reconsider how this might be done, the consequences of failure and the potential rewards of success.'
Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA is the founding editor of Griffith Review, a member of the Griffith Centre for Creative Arts Research and chairs the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. She sits on the editorial board of The Conversation and is a member of the Australia Council for the Arts’ Pool of Peers.
She is an acclaimed author of several books, including Reviving the Fourth Estate (Cambridge) and Steel City Blues (Penguin), and the librettos to the operas Black River and Going Into Shadows. She became a Member of the Order of Australia for services to journalism and the community in 2009 and an honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities the following year.
She is a thought leader on media and culture and an accomplished public speaker and facilitator. She has served on the board of directors of the ABC and Grattan Institute, and chaired and been a member of many advisory boards with a particular focus on education, journalism and creativity, including the Centre for Advancing Journalism, A Companion to the Australian Media, the National Cultural Policy reference group and the Queensland Design Council.