Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities (DCDC)

Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities (DCDC) is an annual conference for the archive, library, museum and academic sectors.

Open and inclusive in its ethos, DCDC provides a platform for colleagues to come together in joint conversation, looking beyond their own specialisms to forge new partnerships and enhance the social, cultural, and economic impact of our unique collections.

DCDC is run by The National Archives in collaboration with Research Libraries UK (RLUK).

Visit the DCDC website.

DCDC19: Navigating the digital shift

DCDC19 will explore the possibilities of the digital shift for collections, audience expectations, and professional practices. It seeks to go beyond recounting the huge change that the digital shift has represented, and to examine possibilities for the future.

Call for papers

We are currently inviting proposals for papers from heritage and cultural organisations, and the academic sector. Contributions are welcomed from individuals or groups at all stages of their careers, exploring possibilities the digital shift may offer for collections, audience expectations and professional practice.

Conference themes will include:

  • Rise of the machines: artificial intelligence, interpretation, and creativity
  • Internet of Things: augmenting and evaluating audience engagement
  • The record: authenticity and trust
  • The challenge of discoverability of digital records

To submit a paper for DCDC19, see the full details. The deadline for submissions is Friday 26 April 2019.

The conference will be held at the BCEC (Birmingham Conference and Events Centre), Birmingham.