Aside from its regular postgraduate teaching and research programmes the Digital Curation Lab holds regular events throughout the year, which provide opportunities for training, outreach, knowledge dissemination, and networking.
7-9 September 2020: DRHA 2020 Conference (online only)
DCL hosts the annual Digital Research in Humanities and Arts conference as an online only event, on the theme Situating Digital Curation. See the DRHA 2020 website for details.
28 November 2020 – DCL Encounters #03 @MediaCityUK (TBC)
7+8 July 2020: Rethinking Digital Preservation in a Time of Crisis
In collaboration with Redeye and the Photographic Collections Network, the DCL hosted a two day training event featuring online training session by the Digital Preservation Coalition, along with a programme of guest speakers. See the PCN website for details.
4 March 2020: DCL Encounters #02 @MediaCityUK
The second DCL Encounters session provided an opportunity for University of Salford staff and PG students to network and featured the following presentations:
From Dust to Data: What are the University’s Archives and Special Collections?
During this presentation, the University Archivist, Dr Alexandra Mitchell gave an overview of what archives and special collections are, the sorts of material we have and how they might give you the edge in your teaching or research.
Introduction to Media Framework: a Platform for Interactive Digital Curation
Media Framework (MF) is a multi-faceted platform that can support use cases from ingesting and searching media assets to creating asset relationships. MF is a research platform and community oriented: it is best utilized for a user experience prototyping and collaborative or individual asset management for media sketching. Prof Insook Choi, presented a brief overview on the principles behind the curatorial process, supporting interfaces, and underlying methodologies.
28 November 2019: DCL Encounters #01 @MediaCityUK
This was the soft launch of the DCL at MediaCityUK and featured the following presentations:
Introducing the Digital Curation Lab at the University of Salford
DCL Director Dr Toni Sant gave an overview of the Digital Curation Lab, explaining how it came to be, speaking about what’s in store for the foreseeable future and elaborating on longer-term plans.
About the Digital – University of Salford Art Collection
The Assistant Curator of the University of Salford Art Collection Stephanie Fletcher spoke about the latest developments at the University of Salford Art Collection, which has existed at the University for over 50 years. The collection – which is developed through new commissions with key partners – includes digital works as a key collecting strand.
Rapid Prototyping of Soundscapes in Heritage Spaces using Ambisonic Audio & 360 Video Technology
Dr Luke Harrison, Lecturer in Sound for Live and Recorded Media Performance at the University of Salford’s School of Arts & Media, has been experimenting with using VR audio to prototype soundscapes for museum/heritage spaces. This is intended to be used by curators to present ideas to museum stakeholders for improving audience interaction and footfall to large, room size exhibits.
Clowning With Technology in the Context of Dementia: 3 cases of digital hotch-potch
Dr Richard Talbot, Senior Lecturer in Performance at the School of Arts & Media, discussed three performances that take the clown as a figure for the curation of memory in digital media; and asked what laughter and clowning have to offer when organic technological processing slows to an equilibrium, for instance in dementia.
Digital Legacy for Collections
Paul Herrmann is the director of the Photographic Collections Network, which provides knowledge and support for anyone working with photo archives and collections. He outlined their recent investigations into digital legacy, and the problems that face those seeking to preserve digital, especially born-digital, collections in the long term. The issues are not just technical, but political, commercial and cultural challenges.