DCDC22 :: Virtual Conference :: 11 – 15 July 2022

Inclusive Innovation: digital creativity and opportunities

DCDC (Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities) is a cross-sectoral conference, hosted by The National ArchivesRLUK and Jisc, that brings together the GLAMA sector (galleries, libraries, archives, museums and academia) to share our experiences, innovations, interests and concerns.

Read the full call for papers on the DCDC website

DCDC22 will showcase how digital innovation is transforming the cultural heritage and academic sectors and their relationship with their audiences. From individual projects to national programmes, for organisations and groups large and small, we look forward to examining the opportunities and challenges that digital technologies and collaboration can offer.

Emerging technologies have brought considerable benefits to cultural heritage organisations, transforming approaches to institutional collections, our ways of working, and the way people discover and engage with collections. As research continues to drive innovation, how can we ensure that our practices remain relevant, open, inclusive, representative and transformative? How can our practices in turn enable new innovations?

Technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and virtual and augmented reality are strengthening access to collections and renewing audience engagement across the GLAMA sector. At the same time, these technologies also raise questions around representation and ethics. DCDC22 is an opportunity for colleagues to share knowledge and experience within the GLAMA community. We will explore how to build accessible, inclusive systems and promote greater access and engagement between our institutions, communities and groups.

Championing creativity and talent within the GLAMA sector and exploring digital solutions at scale, DCDC22 is a forum for knowledge-exchange between organisations and individuals at all levels. We will explore how research is reimagining how our collections are formed and preserved, how audiences engage with and contribute to our work, and how we plan for the future.

DCDC22 call for papers

DCDC22 invites proposals on this year’s theme of Inclusive Innovation: digital creativity and opportunities on any project involving archives, libraries, museums and other heritage and cultural organisations and groups in partnership with each other, communities and the academic sector.

The main conference themes will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Libraries, archives, and museums as catalysts for community cohesion
  • Leadership, culture and data: overcoming organisational barriers to digital inclusion
  • The role of peer learning and support in addressing digital inequalities

  • Navigating the future of technology: future-proofing the sector 
  • Innovating to sustain collections and communities
  • Collections and AI: digitally ready infrastructure and practices

  • Supporting equal and inclusive access to knowledge
  • Engaging wider audiences, perspectives and voices
  • Digital and data poverty
  •  Algorithmic fairness and transparency, open data and information literacy
  •  Ethical system design, usability and equality of access
  •  Developing digitally ready skill-sets