From the Library of Congress:
The Library of Congress Labs team is co-hosting a workshop to kick-off international collaborations around digital scholarship. Partners in the UK and the US are coming together to collaborate on the role of digital scholarship in transforming museums and other cultural institutions such as libraries, archives, and galleries.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council of the UK (AHRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council of the UK (EPSRC), the National Endowment for the Humanities of the US (NEH), the National Science Foundation of the US (NSF), the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress in the US, are working together with the anticipation that new transatlantic research partnerships will reimagine the future of the world’s leading cultural institutions.
They will aim to achieve this by transforming the ways in which culture and heritage can be experienced by global audiences; developing new directions for organisational leadership and new forms of curatorial practice; opening new research frontiers and questions; and advancing collections-based research methods for the 21st century.
The first major activity supported jointly by the partners will be a co-sponsored workshop held in Washington DC from 18th – 19th September, convening leading experts from academia and cultural institutions from both countries examining the impact digital technologies are having (and will have) on museums and related institutions. The workshop will explore a number of themes such as Machine Learning and AI, crowdsourcing and models of co-creation, and enhancing visitor experiences; it will be unique in drawing from a diverse range of expertise – data scientists, archaeologists, digital curators, and even ornithologists!