‘Museums on Lockdown’ theme of the 2nd Museum Big Data Conference: Submit Your Abstracts

MBD 2020: MUSEUM BIG DATA IS EXPECTING YOU ON-SITE or online in Nicosia, CYPRUS on 22-24 October 2020

Registration / participation is FREE this year

Last year UCL Qatar started a very timely series of international conferences under the general theme of Museum Big Data. The 1st International Conference took place from 30th April – 2nd May 2019 in Doha, Qatar and brought together several dozens of international experts who shared their inspirational experiences from the work done around the globe and discussed how museums can integrate more aspects of big data in their services. Two of the days of the conference were live-streamed (see here day 2 and day 3) with thousands of viewers and the general feeling of the participants was that the event should become a regular meeting because there was a great need to discuss how big data can be better handled in museums.

A photo from the 1st edition of the conference, 2019, Doha

The vision of the Chair of the conference, Dr Georgios Papaioannou, Associate Professor in UCL Qatar, was to enhance the international partnerships and continue the series in various venues. This year the conference is co-hosted by the Cyprus Institute. A new relationship was also forged with the reputable ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage which will host a special issue based on the best papers from this year’s edition.

To address the increased interest in digital museum services which grew in relevance and importance during the lockdown, this year the conference focuses on the museums in lockdown but welcomes a wide range of topics where museums deal with large volumes of date and serve large-scale communities of users:

We welcome abstracts for papers by 1 August (see submission instructions here) on the following topics:

  • Museum Big Data in the COVID-19 and post COVID-19 times,
  • Museum Big Data: theoretical issues and critical approaches,
  • Data-driven museums and the world,
  • Museum Big Data and data mining methodologies and research approaches,
  • Issues on (Big) Data preservation, use and re-use in galleries, libraries, archives and museum (GLAMs),
  • Museum Big Data and Digital Humanities,
  • Museum Big Data and open access,
  • Museum Big metadata and documentation,
  • Museum Data and their applications in education,
  • Museum research data management and applications,
  • Museum digital narratives and flows,
  • Museum data on the web and Social Media (including Museum Twitter Studies),
  • Art Data history,
  • Museum linked open data and ontologies,
  • Museum data and natural language processing,
  • Museum data and/from audience research,
  • Museum Big Data from digitisation and collection management and practices,
  • Museums Big Data ethics,
  • New realities and skills for data and the museum professionals,
  • Museum Big Data future(s),
  • and any other relevant topics.

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