Bracing for Impact: Digitizing Collections to Change Lives!
March 14th and 15th, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
Tickets are required - there will be no tickets at the door. Day 2 tickets are now sold out.
Please see our Eventbrite page to get tickets for Day 1: https://smithsonian2017digifair.eventbrite.com
NOTE: when selecting tickets, members of the public please enter the access code: PUBLIC; Smithsonian Staff please enter the access code: STAFF
If tickets for Day 1 or Day 2 are sold out, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to be put on a waiting list. Please include the word WAITLIST in the subject and your full name, email address, company or institutional affiliation and the day(s) for which you would like a ticket.
This event will be webcast for those who can't join us in person. Check back here on March 14th and 15th at starting at 9:00 AM for a link to the live webcast (an archived webcast will be made available after the event).
How can digitized collections be used to sustain the environment, revitalize cultures, change education or cultivate civic engagement?
What impact can these collections have on key challenges such as social justice, human migration or worldwide pandemics?
Where can these collections spur economies and seed innovation?
Museums, archives and libraries know how to make digital collections accessible. They are less certain of how to make them influential.
Our new challenge is demonstrating how digitized collections can change lives.
This challenge is the theme of the 2017 Smithsonian Digitization Fair. Sponsored by the Smithsonian’s Digitization Program Office, this two-day event will explore how digitized collections can affect lives in significant and measurable ways by:
- Showcasing examples where digitized collections have initiated creativity, innovation and change in some area of human endeavor;
- Exploring ways museums, archives and libraries can maximize the impact of their digitized collections; and
- Investigating ways museums, archives and libraries can measure the impact of their digitized collections
DAY ONE: the Fair will be held at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Baird Auditorium (10th & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC) and will include panels and keynote addresses by experts from outside the Smithsonian.
DAY TWO: the Fair will be held at the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center (1100 Jefferson Dr., SW, Washington DC) and will include talks by Smithsonian experts and an exhibit of digitization efforts at the Smithsonian.
We look forward to seeing you in March!