UK Strategy Workshop

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Date: 8 March 2018, 10:00 AM - 16:50 PM


iDigBio is supporting UK efforts to foster across-region collaboration and discussions for development of a strategic plan and vision to digitize regional and small collections across the UK. Participants at these event are museum leaders and directors. We will share case studies of collaborative digitization and data mobilization and offer examples from potential key stakeholders while highlighting audience benefits. Topics include: the UK science / nature agenda, citizen science, workforce skills and diversity, the power of storytelling, funding models, and institutional benefits mapping.

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Time Topic
10:00 – 11:00 Registration and coffee
Session 1: Context
11:00 – 11:10 Welcome
Laura Pye, Head of Bristol Culture – TBC
11:10 – 11:30 Introduction; Digitising collections in the UK’s South West region
Isla Gladstone, Bristol Culture
11:30 – 11:50 NHM Digital Collections and the Global vision
Vincent Smith, Natural History Museum
11:50 – 12:10 Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio) USA
Deborah Paul, iDigBio
12:10 – 12:30 On building a UK-wide Strategy for cross-region small UK collections.
Open Discussion
12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH
Session 2: A collaborative approach: potential key stakeholder & audience benefits
12 minute talks + 3 mins questions
1:30 – 1:45 Connecting to the National Biodiversity Networ
Jo Judge, Chief Executive Officer, National Biodiversity Network
1:45 – 2:00 Engaging with local to global agenda
Henry McGhie, Head of Collections, Manchester Museum
2:00 – 2:15 Citizen science TBC
2:15 – 2:30 UK wider sector museums: workforce skills & diversit
Victoria Harding, South West Museums Development Partnership Lead
2:30 – 2:45 Policy speaker TBC OR The power of storytelling to motivate and engage BBC Natural History TBC
2:45 – 3:00 Mapping institutional benefits
Helen Hardy, NHM
3:00 – 3:30 Coffee
Session 3: Breakout discussions facilitated by Deborah Paul, iDigBio
3:30 - 4:30
Group 1 - What are the benefits and possible models of collaboration
Group 2 - Engagement and audience for the data Who is the data for and what kinds of activities / programmes are required to generate this information
Group 3 -Vision for UK Digitial Natural History Collections What is the mission statement for a collaboration of NH UK collections

Groups generate a draft vision, priorities and scenario models: 45 mins Facilitators present back results of breakout groups (1 slide/ notes): 15 mins (5 mins per group).

4.30 - 4:40 Next steps and meeting close, Isla Gladstone