Head of Digital and Content Services, National Museum of Australia
At the core of the National Museum and its exhibitions, is the National Historical Collection, with more than 200,000 objects, which represent Australia's history and cultural heritage. Join the conversation at VividSydney’s Beyond the Physical: Reimagining Digital Experiences in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums.
George Dunford from the Australian National Maritime museum will talk on collection explorer which makes almost half of those items accessible over the web. He will join panel members from 3P Learning, the Atlas of Living Australia, the Australian National Maritime Museum, CSIRO Data61, the National Gallery of Australia and the State Library of NSW.
Collection Explorer provides digital access to almost half the National Historical Collection – and growing. This includes objects that are on display and many more in storage. New collection records and images are being added continuously and the information on existing records is being enhanced.
The National Museum of Australia is also home to the Museum Robot. A semi-autonomous robot assists a guide to give tours using immersive video. The robot is directed to points around the museum and finds its own way there. Remote users are part of that journey using a panoramic camera which conversing with the guide using a normal webcam.
George Dunford is Head of Digital and Content Services at the National Museum of Australia. He has previously worked in Digital roles at the National Library of Australia, Lonely Planet, Wheeler Centre and RMIT University.