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Making Meaning 2024

Collections as data

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Friday 8 March 2024
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Making Meaning is back in 2024!

Making Meaning is a day for digital innovators, creatives and trendsetters working with collections as data.

The 2024 program will feature influential and challenging speakers from the research, government, digital humanities and GLAM sectors and will explore the future of this exciting area of practice.

Join us as we explore the potential power of collections as data and help us build a community of practice in Australia.


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Mia Ridge, Keynote speaker at Making Meaning 2024

Mia Ridge

Digital Curator for Western Heritage Collections, British Library

Part of the Digital Research team, she provides advice and training on computational research, AI / machine learning and crowdsourcing. A co-investigator on Living with Machines(2018-23), she co-curated the Living with Machines exhibition with Leeds Museums and Galleries (2022-23).

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Robert McLellan, Making Meaning Speaker 2024

Robert McLellan

Language Data Commons of Australia / University of Queensland

Robert dhurwain McLellan is a proud Gooreng Gooreng descendant of the Wide Bay region, a community researcher, and an experienced Director, governance and engagement practitioner. A strong advocate for truth telling and speaking up for Aboriginal people’s rights and justice, economic advancement, and to ensure First Nations voices are authentically valued and embraced across all levels of society, Robert is passionate about revitalising Indigenous languages and building culturally inclusive, honourable, and cohesive communities.

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Andrea Lau and Jack Zhao (Small Multiples) Keynote Speakers 2024

Andrea Lau and Jack Zhao 

Small Multiples

Andrea Lau and Jack Zhao are co-founders and directors of Small Multiples, a leading data visualisation studio based in Sydney. As the owner and operator of a small business since 2011, Andrea has developed a unique perspective on bringing together the intersection of data, design, and business. Jack has extensive experience working with multi-disciplinary teams to create breakthrough innovations. He is passionate about unlocking the hidden power of data to tell stories about communities. 

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Lightning Talks

Lightning talks are simple 8-minute presentations that showcase best practice, tools, workflows, experimentation, or ethics when working with collections as data.

From hacking Glam collections to building communities of practice around data, learn more about the 2024 speakers and their talks.

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This is a Queensland Open Data supported event

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