Unconference and Ignite Talks

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New.pngCall for participation: December 1, 2015 Ignite and Unconference in the Washington DC area

media type="youtube" key="76zG8bX4sw0" width="560" height="315" Video: call for participation - - Unconference and Ignite talks.

Change is hard and slow and we suck at it. Why? Can we do something about that?

Propose an Ignite talk: http://goo.gl/forms/AusW2UpspJ

  • Ignite talks are short 5-minute presentations with 20 slides that advance automatically. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignite_(event).
  • Talk about something you're passionate about. It doesn't have to be about the Openlab concept directly, but it should be stimulating, provocative, or fun for people who work with and think about the future, democracy, citizenship, education, making, whatever.
  • Proposals will be accepted through October 31, 2015

Register for the Unconference: http://goo.gl/forms/tqdPMLbDyT

Location and start time

Estimated 2pm start (exact schedule TBD) [Crystal City] 2399 Jefferson Davis Hwy Arlington, VA 22202 @http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/virginia/hilton-crystal-city-at-washington-reagan-national-airport-DCANAHF/index.html

The main page for the Openlab Workshop is here: http://openlabworkshop.wikispaces.com and an overview of the Openlab concept is here: http://openlabworkshop.wikispaces.com/Openlab+Concept

Do you love science, history, and the humanities? Are you passionate about technology and the future of museums, libraries, and archives? If so, join us at the Openlab Workshop Unconference and Ignite talks on the afternoon of December 1, 2015, in Crystal City, VA (just outside DC). Use the links above to register for the Unconference and propose an Ignite talk.

The Ignite talks and unconference will kick off a formal invitation-only workshop being held the following day, and the idea is to use the unconference/Ignite sessions to get some strong opinions and insight from perspectives and voices that might not otherwise get heard at a formal planning workshop.

As a starting point (and food for thought), here are some of the questions that we've been wrestling with (and need help with!),

  • What needs to change in galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs)? How can technology help (or hurt) GLAM missions?
  • How can Openlab help individual scholar/researchers and small and mid-sized organizations?
  • What is Openlab’s primary value proposition? Is the overarching vision compelling, accurate, and complete?
  • What is missing in the current funding and support landscape for GLAMs and the humanities? What can a project like Openlab add?
  • How can Openlab improve the lives of scholars and citizens? How can it benefit the common good?
  • What is a realistic 5-year program of activities for Openlab? In what sequence should these features and programs be unveiled and delivered? What levels of cost and effort will produce the best outcomes?
  • If Openlab moves forward, where should the project be based and how should it be run? Does Openlab need to have a physical space? How would a physical presence affect the project’s scope and capabilities?
  • What kind of staff does Openlab require, and with what skills?
  • What models of evaluation are appropriate for Openlab? How would different evaluation techniques affect the freedom to experiment and fail?
  • What are the benefits and risks of conducting Openlab as a global initiative? How might the project be “global by default”?
  • What are the risks of the Openlab project? How might they be mitigated?

...Feel free to edit/expand this list and make suggestions.

This will be a low budget affair, and we're making it up as we go along, so bear with us and let us know if there's something we're missing or anything else you'd like to know. Thanks! user:edsonm


We value your attendance. The OpenLab Workshop is being convened under the DLF's Code of Conduct.



Openlab Workshop Organizers/Co-Conveners

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Openlab Workshop Partners

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