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Digital Shift Forum – Improving discoverability of knowledge leveraging modern technology

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RLUK’s Digital Shift Forum brings together colleagues from across the information, research, cultural and heritage communities, and third and commercial sectors, to discuss the future of the digital shift in collections, services, and audiences.

The series aims to promote cross-sector discussion and debate, to enable knowledge exchange, and inspire collaborative endeavour across sectors and communities, for the benefit of RLUK members and the wider research and information management communities.

The Digital Shift Forum is open to all, and you do not need to belong to an RLUK member institution to attend or participate.

Improving discoverability of knowledge leveraging modern technology – Catherine Devine, Business Strategy Leader – Libraries and Museums, Microsoft

16 February, 2021, 14:00-15:00 (GMT)

In this session, we’ll explore the possibilities of improving discoverability of collections and information through the use of modern technologies, such as artificial intelligence. Digitizing collections and making them accessible is only scratching the surface of what is possible to understand and access about the world’s knowledge. We’ll paint a vision for the future and the possibilities for humanity that come from increased understanding and access to knowledge, and then drill down to reality and the present day to talk about the improvements to discoverability that can be realized now, building on existing systems and processes.

Catherine Devine leads strategy for Libraries and Museums globally within Microsoft’s Education division. In this role her goal is to leverage technology to further the missions of Libraries and Museums globally in attracting visitors, optimising the visitor experience, supporting research, serving the community, improving operations and exploring emerging opportunities for Libraries and Museums as their role is defined in a continually changing world.

Catherine was most recently Chief Digital Officer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. In that position, she led the digital transformation of the Museum for 7 years, as part of a 25 year career in technology across a variety of industries. Catherine has had a lifelong love and interest in technology and its ability to optimise outcomes across all aspects of life and society.

Catherine is originally from Sydney, Australia, holding a B. Business (Accounting) from the University of Technology, Sydney and a M. Sc Business Analytics (Data Science) from Syracuse University.

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