Digital Directions 2018

Digital Directions 2018: Intersections

The NFSA explores the intersection between digitised cultural collections, creators and audiences at the fourth annual Digital Directions symposium in Canberra on 21–22 August 2018.

How are digitally literate creators, digitally available collections and users' expectations for 'always on, everywhere' access changing the future of galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM institutions)?

What challenges and opportunities are created when GLAM institutions embrace new technology to receive and share content?

At Digital Directions 2018: Intersections, speakers drawn from the cultural and academic sectors, creative industries and government will come together to look at these questions and consider the digital future of Australia’s GLAM institutions.

Delivered in partnership with the ABC, Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), AARNet, National Archives of Australia (NAA), National Library of Australia (NLA) and National Museum of Australia (NMA).




When: Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 August 2018

Where: National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton

Cost: Standard $425, Concession $245

Ticket includes two-day conference with full catering, networking drinks and a special film screening on day one; morning tea on day two.

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WELCOME: 8.45am Jan Müller, Chief Executive Officer, National Film and Sound Archive

WELCOME TO COUNTRY: 9.05am Jude Barlow, Ngunnawal Elder

MINISTERIAL WELCOME: 9.10am Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Minister for the Arts

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: 9.15 - 10.45am 'More People Reading More' – Tony Ageh OBE, Chief Digital Officer, New York Public Library


MORNING TEA: 10.45 - 11.15am


SESSION 1: THE NEW CREATORS, 11.15am - 12.45pm

Panel: Repurposing, Re-using, Redesigning: 11:15 - 12:15pm

Facilitator: Professor Ross Harley, Dean, UNSW Art and Design


Seb Chan, Chief Experience Officer, Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Jonathan Richards, Creative Lead, Google Creative Lab

Laura Ryan, Strategy Director, Mentally Friendly


Case Study: The VR/AR Landscape, 12:15 - 12:45pm

Angus Stevens, Managing Director, Start VR


LUNCH: 12:45 - 1:45pm



The Digital Future of Museums, 1.45 - 2.30pm

Keir Winesmith, Director, Winesmith Digital Studio


Why Games Matter, 2.30 - 3.30pm

Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie, Engagement Intelligence Expert and Game Designer


AFTERNOON TEA: 3.30 - 4.00pm


SESSION 2: OUR DIGITAL FUTURE continued, 4.00 - 4.15pm

CASE STUDY: Enhancing Cultural Engagement Through Technology, 4.00 - 4.15pm

Representatives from Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa Martu Community


SESSION 3: PROVOCATION, 4.15 - 5.30pm

Challenging the Status Quo

Professor Deb Verhoeven, Associate Dean of Engagement and Innovation, University of Technology Sydney


NETWORKING DRINKS: 5.30 - 7.00pm

Supported by AARNet



TERROR NULLIUS (D. Soda_Jerk, 2018)

7:00pm session: SOLD OUT

9:00pm session + Q&A with Soda_Jerk: bookings




Panel: Towards a National Platform for Digital Collections

Facilitator: Jan Müller, CEO NFSA


Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, Director-General, National Library of Australia

David Fricker, Director-General, National Archives of Australia

Dr Mat Trinca, Director, National Museum of Australia

Craig Ritchie, CEO, Australian Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Helen Clifton, Chief Digital and Information Officer, Australian Broadcasting Corporation


MORNING TEA: 10.00 - 10.30am



Stream 1: Library

Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) Protocols

Facilitator: Tasha James, Manager, Indigenous Connections, NFSA

Presentations followed by a Yarning Session:

Terri Janke, Solicitor Director, Terri Janke and Company

Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker, Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

Marcus Hughes, Head of Indigenous Engagement and Strategy, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS)


Stream 2: Large Meeting Room

National Framework for Digital Access to Collections

Ross Latham, Director, Collections and State Archivist, LINC Tasmania

Clifford Davy, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery


Stream 3: Arc

Practical approaches

Facilitator: Peter Alexander, Chief Digital Officer, Digital Transformation Agency

Professor Erik Champion, UNESCO Chair, Curtin University

Professor Jean Burgess, Director, Digital Media Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology

Yohan Ramasundara, President, Australian Computer Society


PLENARY SESSION: 12.00 - 12.30pm

Facilitator: Jan Müller, CEO NFSA


EVENT CLOSE: 12:30pm

Delegates welcome to attend Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures exhibition



Jan Müller

Portrait of Jan Muller

Jan Müller is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. Mr Müller is also a Member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Media History at Macquarie University, Sydney.

Mr Müller is a highly experienced CEO and leader in the digital heritage and culture sector internationally. From 2009–2017, he was CEO of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, which comprises one of the largest audiovisual collections in Europe.

Prior to turning to the cultural sector, Mr Müller spent more than 20 years working in the advertising industry, including a stint as CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi in Amsterdam, and as a member of the board of the agency in Europe. He was Chair of the Europeana Foundation, an online collection of over 50 million digitised items from museums, libraries, archives and collections.

Mr Müller was also President of the International Federation of Television Archives (2012–16) and Chair of the Dutch Media Literacy program and the Dutch National Coalition for Digital Preservation and Sustainability.

Tony Ageh OBE - Keynote speaker

Tony Ageh is the New York Public Library’s Chief Digital Officer, responsible for the institution’s ongoing digital transformation and its visionary work in making its collections and services as accessible as possible.

Ageh comes to the Library from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London where he held a variety of leadership positions since 2002 and managed over 300 staff members. His accomplishments include the development and implementation of the BBC’s internet strategy, which grew its web traffic from 2 million users per day to over 25 million over a five-year period, and the creation and implementation of the BBC iPlayer (an internet streaming catch-up television and radio service for people in the United Kingdom), which has delivered over 10 billion programs to the British public and on average receives 10 million requests per day.

Most recently, Ageh acted as controller of the BBC’s Archive Strategy, making their substantial archives of radio, television, images, and documents—and by extension British culture and creativity—increasingly accessible to the public in the UK and beyond.

In 2015, Ageh was awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen, for services to digital media.

Marie-Louise Ayres

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Dr Marie-Louise Ayres was appointed Director-General of the National Library Australia in March 2017, having joined the National Library of Australia in 2002.  She has worked in research libraries for more than 20 years, after completing a PhD in Australian Literature at the Australian National University.

Over the course of her career, Marie-Louise has developed and managed very large archival collections (including as Senior Curator, Pictures and Manuscripts at the NLA), and equally large digital services, including AustLit (at UNSW Canberra), Music Australia (at NLA) and – from 2011-17 – Trove, the Library’s flagship digital service. 

Dr Ayres has been a leader and participant in many National and State Libraries Australia projects, including NED, the National eDeposit service being jointly developed by Australia’s national, state and territory libraries.   She was a founding member of GLAM peak, and has a special interest in – and is an advocate for – the need to better integrate the very large digital collections managed by cultural institutions, and the research infrastructure needs of Australia’s humanists and social scientists. 

She is committed to achieving the Library’s strategic goals: to collect today what will be important tomorrow; to connect with communities and connect communities with collections; and to collaborate with others to maximise the national impact of cultural collections. 

Jean Burgess

Portrait of Jean Burgess

Jean Burgess is a Professor of Digital Media and founding Director of the Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Her research focuses on the uses, cultures and politics of digital media platforms, as well as new and innovative digital methods for studying them.

In addition to more than 100 other scholarly and creative outputs, her co-authored and edited books include YouTube: Online Video and Participatory Culture (Polity Press, 2009), Studying Mobile Media: Cultural Technologies, Mobile Communication, and the iPhone (Routledge, 2012), A Companion to New Media Dynamics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), and Twitter and Society (Peter Lang, 2014). Her two latest books are the revised and updated second edition of YouTube: Online Video and Participatory Culture (Polity Press, 2018) and the SAGE Handbook of Social Media (2017). In progress is Twitter: A Platform Biography (NYU Press), in which Burgess and co-author Nancy Baym model an entirely new approach to understanding how the digital media environment has changed over time.

She has worked successfully with a range of government, industry and not-for-profit organisations to address the practical challenges and opportunities posed by digital and social media as well as to deploy advanced social media analytics and qualitative digital methods to understand and engage with the concerns of their communities. She collaborates widely with colleagues across QUT and around Australia, as well as with leading researchers in Germany, Brazil, the UK, Canada, the USA and Taiwan. She tweets at @jeanburgess.

Erik Champion

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Professor Erik Champion is UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage and Visualisation at Curtin University and the theme leader for Visualisation at the Curtin Institute for Computation. He researches issues in the area of virtual heritage as well as game design, interactive media, and architectural computing. Prior to joining Curtin University he was Project leader of DIGHUMLAB in Denmark, a consortium of four Danish universities, hosted at Aarhus University. Here he also worked with EU research infrastructures and projects, acting as the Research and Public Engagement Co-leader for DARIAH-EU.

His publications include Critical Gaming: Interactive History and Virtual Heritage (Routledge, 2015), Playing with the Past (Springer, 2011), and Game Mods: Design, Theory and Criticism (Editor, ETC Press, 2012). His latest (co-edited) book is Cultural Heritage Infrastructures in Digital Humanities (Routledge, 2017), with Agiati Benardou, Costis Dallas and Lorna Hughes. He is currently writing a monograph, Rethinking Virtual Places, for the Spatial Humanities Series, Indiana University Press; completing the book Organic Design in Twentieth-Century Nordic Architecture for Routledge, and editing another book for Routledge, The Phenomenology of Real and Virtual Places with 13 other authors, including philosophers and theorists such as Ed Relph, Richard Coyne and Don Ihde and younger writers researching ‘place’ in games, locative media and virtual reality.

Seb Chan

Seb Chan is ACMI’s Chief Experience Officer. Prior to this he led the digital renewal and transformation of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York (2011–15) and drove the Powerhouse Museum's pioneering work in open access, mass collaboration and digital experience during the 2000s. He has also worked as a museum consultant with institutions across North America, Europe and Asia; and was a member of the Australian Government's Gov2.0 taskforce.

His work has won awards from the American Alliance of Museums, One Club, D&AD, Fast Company and Core77. He is an Adjunct Professor, School of Media and Communications, in the College of Design and Social Context at RMIT. He also leads a parallel life in digital art and electronic music.

Helen Clifton

Helen joined the ABC following a 30-year media career across the UK, the Middle East and New Zealand. Since 2007 she has played a crucial role at TVNZ in Auckland as Chief Product and Information Officer, where she was responsible for major business transformation and delivering the company’s largest technology projects.

Beginning her career in the UK, Helen has held many roles in television production and operations management. These include Studio Manager at LWT Granada’s London studios, then Director of Operations for Al Jazeera English Channel in Doha, Qatar where she led the team that delivered the first HD 24/7 global news channel from four broadcast centres around the world.

David Fricker

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David Fricker joined the National Archives as Director-General on 1 January 2012.

David began his career at the Australian Customs Service in 1979 after completing a BA in Computing Studies. He held many positions in Customs, managing major innovative border management projects for passenger processing and cargo control.

In 1987 he moved to the private sector, joining Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as a Senior Consultant and Account Manager, working with CSC's clients in the defence, science, immigration and ACT Government sectors on information management, strategic planning and project management.

In 1993 David founded Business Synetics, a consultancy company providing strategic planning, information systems architecture and business process improvement services to a broad range of federal government agencies including Treasury, Health, Immigration and the intelligence community.

He left Business Synetics in 2002 to join the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. In 2007 he was appointed to the position of Deputy Director-General.

As Director-General of the National Archives of Australia, David’s strategic focus has been on the whole-of-government transition to ‘digital continuity’ in records and information management; expansion of preservation capability for paper, audiovisual and digital records; acceleration of the declassification of sensitive archival documents; and the exploitation of emerging technology to enhance the public’s access to archival resources.

David is currently the President of the International Council on Archives, and a Vice Chair of the UNESCO Memory of the World International Advisory Committee. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Professional Member of the Australian Society of Archivists.

In 2015 he was made Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the Republic of France.

Ross Harley

'Cultural heritage organisations have always played a key role in ensuring that our precious artefacts and stories are preserved for future generations. Today’s creators are both makers and users of these valuable items, and this conference offers a timely opportunity for our communities of practice to come together to discuss, debate and exchange thoughts about current best practice.'

Dean of UNSW Art & Design, Professor Harley is an award-winning artist, writer and educator whose career crosses the bounds of traditional and creative arts research. His video and sound work has been presented at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, New York MoMA, Ars Electronica in Austria, the Biennale of Sydney and at the Sydney Opera House.

He is a former editor of the journal Art + Text, and has written regular columns on design and popular culture for Rolling Stone and The Australian national newspaper.

He has edited a number of anthologies, including New Media Technologies (1993), Artists in Cyberculture (1993), Before and After Cinema (1999) and Parallel Histories in the Intermedia Age (2000). In 1992 he was the director of the influential International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) and returned as Co-Chair of ISEA 2013.

Current research projects include the ARC-funded Reconsidering Australian Media Art Histories in an International Context and Scanlines: Video Art in Australia Since the 1960s, an ARC linkage project investigating the history of video art in Sydney, partnering with dLux Media Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. He is also Lead Chief Investigator on the ARC LIEF project Design and Art of Australia Online together with DAAO Research Director and long-time collaborator Gillian Fuller.

He was Head of School Media Arts UNSW (2009–13), Deputy Director at the National Institute for Experimental Arts and Co-Director of the ICinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research until 2013. Harley became Dean of UNSW Art & Design in 2013. 

Marcus Hughes

Marcus has worked within the arts and cultural sector throughout Australia and the UK as a producer, presenter and advocate across all artistic disciplines, contexts and environments.

In 2014 he addressed the 6th World Summit on Arts and Culture, and was Adjunct Associate Professor at Victoria University's Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Unit.

Marcus is a descendant of the Mununjali peoples of the Yugambeh nation. He is a member of the NFSA Indigenous Advisory Committee.

Terri Janke

Portrait of Terri Janke

Terri Janke the Solicitor Director of Terri Janke and Company Lawyers and Consultants, a unique law firm that specialises in Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP). Terri has written the leading protocols in the arts, film, arts and museum and gallery sector. She is the Deputy Chair of the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence and a member of the Council of the State Library of New South Wales. She has worked with the NFSA to assist with their ICIP protocols and is a current member of the NFSA Indigenous Connections Committee. Terri is a Wuthathi/Meriam woman from Cairns.


Ross Latham

Portrait of Ross Latham

Ross Latham is Tasmania’s State Archivist and Director, Collections at Libraries Tasmania. The scope of his role includes responsibility for the selection, management, preservation and accessibility of a range of cultural collections in many formats including Tasmania’s State Archives, community archives and State Library Heritage collections such as the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts. 

Since August 2017 Ross has been instrumental in initiating a GLAM Peak pilot project for establishing a digital plan for greater accessibility of Tasmania’s collections. This work required developing ways for building better connections to gain greater knowledge and understanding about Tasmania’s cultural collections sector and what’s needed to make Tasmania’s collections more visible, accessible and known. 

By virtue of its size and established networks the assumption was that Tasmania was the ideal location to conduct the GLAM Peak pilot so others could benefit from the tools and knowledge gained from this work as we strive to develop a national framework for access to Australia’s cultural collections. The assumption has proven correct but some important lessons were learned along the way.

Ross will use the methodology developed for the Tasmanian pilot along with the products created, lessons learned and knowledge acquired as the basis for workshop activity. His aim is for participants to depart the workshop feeling confident, inspired and ready to contribute to this important work across the nation.

Yohan Ramasundara

Portrait of Yohan Ramasundara

Yohan is an experienced executive with a strong track record of successful achievement of business outcomes leading high-performing teams in public, private and not-for-profit sectors for over 15 years. Yohan is an Australian Public Service employee from Canberra. In 2017 Yohan was in San Francisco Bay Area as the Innovation Manager International Operations for Austrade. Previously he was the Head of Governance at IP Australia and National Manager of Assurance Services at Ecowise Environmental, Australia’s largest provider of integrated environmental consulting services at the time. Yohan is the President of the Australian Computer Society and the Secretary General of SEARCC – the Asia Pacific Forum for Information Communication Technology (ICT). Yohan is also an international cricket umpire. A graduate of University of Canberra, with ICT, accounting and finance qualifications, he is also the recipient of the prestigious University of Canberra gold leadership award at the 2005 Blues and Leadership awards for his sporting achievements. He is currently authoring a children’s storybook in his spare time.

Kate Raynes-Goldie

Portrait of Kate Raynes-Goldie

Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie is an engagement intelligence expert, educational consultant and award-winning game designer. She helps organisations authentically and effectively engage with and understand their stakeholders – especially youth – through a unique mix of ethnography, playfulness and design thinking. Kate is also a facilitator of future generations – one of the key outcomes of her work is providing humans with the capabilities to prosper in the future.

She has worked with a wide variety of clients including Deakin University, RAC WA, Bankwest, Health Canada and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. She also founded and runs Playup Perth, a quarterly games and creative innovation night that brings together makers, journalists, politicians, artists and gamers.

Previously, she was the inaugural Director of the Games and Interactive Program at FTI, where she oversaw the creation of Western Australia’s first games funding program as well as its first industry specific co-working space. Kate’s work was also instrumental in the WA Government’s recent announcement of a games funding pilot program. Kate has a PhD from Curtin’s Internet Studies program, where she is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow. She was recently named one of WA’s 40 under 40 as well as the Australian Computer Society’s Digital Disruptor ICT Professional of the Year in 2017.

Jonathan Richards

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Jonathan Richards is a Creative Lead at Google's Creative Lab in Sydney, where he works on projects which explore the intersection between technology and the arts. Much of the Lab's work involves outreach in the cultural sector, partnering with theatre companies, museums, novelists, dancers, galleries, musicians, libraries, opera houses, filmmakers and others to explore new ways of introducing ‘digital’ into artistic practice.

Two of his recent projects include Virtual Pilgrims – an exhibition at the British Museum in London which allowed visitors to interact with physical objects using their phone, and Oracles – an education program developed with Punchdrunk, a London-based theatre company, which involved creating a set of ‘magical props’ which could react to their physical surroundings. Previously he was at the Guardian newspaper in London where he ran the Interactive team – a group of designers, developers, filmmakers and editors producing editorial content and apps, including the Walkley-winning Firestorm. Prior to that he was an editor, writer and developer at the Times of London.

He lectures on new forms of storytelling all around the world, and was one of the founders of Hacks / Hackers in London. He is an occasional teacher, and an unapologetic Rubyist. He also plays trumpet – rather more scrappily than he used to.

Craig Ritchie

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Craig Ritchie is an Aboriginal man of the Dhunghutti and Biripi nations and is the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). Craig joined AIATSIS as Deputy CEO in April 2016, and was formally appointed CEO in May 2017. Craig has worked in other senior roles within the APS, most recently in the Department of Education and Training 2011–16, as well as in the ACT Government. Craig has experience in the community sector, including as CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation – the peak advocacy body for Aboriginal community-controlled health services.

Craig is one of growing cohort of senior Indigenous public servants who provide significant leadership in the broader whole-of-government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs, particularly as a member of the APS Indigenous SES Network. Craig studied at the University of Newcastle and has a post-graduate qualification in management and is currently completing his PhD in Public Policy.

Laura Ryan

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Laura is Strategy Director at Mentally Friendly, Product and Service Design Studio. She has spent the last 12 years collaborating with businesses to design considered and commercially effective products and services that improve people’s wellbeing.  

Laura uses human-centred design as an approach for developing more usable products and services. Her strengths are in designing processes and providing strategic advice to help teams solve complex problems. She’s super passionate about designing sensible research frameworks that are complementary to agile ways of working.

Laura is also an educator, having taught strategy at Tractor Design School, and has been the recipient of the WARC award for Social Strategy.

Angus Stevens

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After a decade directing television, TVCs, documentaries and brand marketing communications, Angus made the shift into digital: launching Southern Cross Austereo’s digital video strategy before building Nova Entertainment to be one of Australia’s most popular entertainment sites.

Angus has directed and produced across a diverse range of genres and platforms, including award-winning short films, and working with performers such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, U2, Lilly Allen, Coldplay and Taylor Swift.

In mid-2016, with the explosion of VR and 360° video, he was approached to be Managing Director at Start VR, Australia’s leading dedicated VR studio. Start VR produce interactive cinematic VR experiences – combining commercial content with original IP.

Angus oversees a business that specialises in creative, commercially-driven Virtual Reality experiences; delivers strong connections between brands and consumers; and generates engagement, growth, revenue and new learning outcomes.

Clients include Qantas, Telstra, Google, the Australian War Memorial, Pernod Ricard, Westpac and St George banks, FremantleMedia, SBS, UTS and The Woolmark Company.

Original content awards and festival recognition include:

> AMY Awards: Digital & Technology Collective 2017 | Winner: Digital Start Up of the Year
> B&T Awards 2017 | Finalist: Emerging Agency of the Year
> Mumbrella Asia Awards 2017 | Finalist: APAC Specialist Agency of the Year

Mathew Trinca

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Dr Mathew Trinca is the Director of the National Museum of Australia and Co-Chair of the Australia Singapore Arts Group.

Under Dr Trinca’s leadership, the National Museum has developed strongly engaged national and international programs that focus on bringing alive the stories of Australia for audiences around the country and overseas. The Museum has partnerships and programs with a range of cultural institutions abroad, including organisations in Singapore, China, Japan, Vietnam, France and the United Kingdom. A major program of work with the British Museum saw the return of early Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collections to Australia in 2015 – marking the first time they had been seen in Australia since their collection.

Dr Trinca’s interests span the 20th century history of Australia, with a focus on the social and cultural relationships between Britain and Australia. He also has a professional interest in the historical and contemporary links between Australia and Asia.

His publications include contributions to debates on museum theory and practice, the history of Australian travel to the United Kingdom, on convictism in Western Australia, and on that State’s constitutional history. He has also co-edited two books, Country: Visions of Land and People in Western Australia and Under Suspicion: Citizenship and Internment in Australia during World War II.

Dr Trinca worked as a history curator and manager of the MuseumLink program at the Western Australian Museum, in Perth, and as a consultant historian for public history projects, including work on conservation plans, exhibition developments and short documentary films. He has a PhD in history from the University of Sydney and is a graduate of the University of Western Australia.

As well as his role in the Australia Singapore Arts Group, Mathew is an Executive Member of ICOM Australia, and is on the boards of the Canberra Convention Bureau and Canberra Writers’ Festival.

Deb Verhoeven

Deb Verhoeven is Associate Dean of Engagement and Innovation at the University of Technology Sydney. In April 2019 she will take up the position of Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and Cultural Informatics at the University of Alberta. In this role she will carefully and collaboratively lead a team to create an open-linked, open data knowledge base of feminist content sourced from a wide range of Canadian cultural collections. Their work will establish a 'pro-ethical' approach to structuring digital humanities data. This ambitious infrastructure will 'build in' the lived and imaginative experiences of diverse communities, using innovative machine-learning approaches, crowdsourcing techniques, intersectional feminist design principles and new data interoperability frameworks.

In 2008 Verhoeven was appointed inaugural deputy chair of the NFSA. In 2011 she was elected to the inaugural committee of the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities. She served as chair of the 2015 Digital Humanities conference. In 2013 Verhoeven initiated the Research My World collaboration between Deakin University and the crowdfunding platform Pozible to pilot the micro-financing of university research. On the basis of this initiative Verhoeven was recognised by Campus Review as Australia’s most innovative academic.

Verhoeven is a leading proponent of the digital humanities in Australia. Her recent research has addressed the vast amounts of newly available ‘cultural data’ that has enabled unprecedented computational analysis in the humanities. In addition to scholarly publications and media appearances, she has focused on the development of online research resources such as the Cinema and Audiences Research Project database, an ongoing exploration of big cultural data (kinomatics) and The Ultimate Gig Guide, an online archive of live music information.

She is the outgoing director of the Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI) project, a national virtual laboratory intended to unite and unlock Australia's cultural datasets. The project was funded by NeCTAR (National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources) between 2012 and 2017. HuNI combines information from 33 of Australia’s most significant cultural datasets. These datasets comprise some 18 million authoritative records relating to the people, organisations, objects and events that make up Australia's abundant cultural heritage.

Keir Winesmith


Keir Winesmith is a digital strategist and leader, with extensive experience in Australia, Europe and the United States.

Most recently, Winesmith was the Director of Digital Experience at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) where he co-founded and led the museum's R&D group, SFMOMA Lab. At SFMOMA he helped the museum complete its expansion, re-brand and re-opening in 2016. Since 2016, he’s launched a series of award-winning digital projects across web, mobile, SMS and interactive exhibits and galleries. Prior to joining SFMOMA, he was the Manager, Digital Media at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and a technical lead at the Special Broadcasting Service.

Since returning to Australia in mid-2018, Keir has launched a culture sector – focused digital strategy consultancy, Winesmith Digital Studio.

Keir holds a PhD in new media, serves on the Board of the Museum Computer Network and writes and speaks internationally about technology and media in the cultural sector.