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Talks with Piotr Adamczyk, Google Cultural Institute

Piotr Adamczyk, of the Google Cultural Institute, will be visiting KU on Monday, March 10th, to give the following talks:


Cultural Heritage Information Visualization

Watson Library, Room 455, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Cultural institutions are increasingly adopting open data policies, both for easy internal reuse of data sets and as a way of building community engagement online. While the opening up of data is a welcome development, too often key audiences see too little of this information through too small a keyhole. As linked and open data formats and application programming interfaces become more common for cultural repositories, providing a sense of the scope and shape of cultural collections is moving from a problem of data access to one of presentation. Information dashboards can be effectively applied in these contexts along with compelling multimedia experiences when cultural heritage data is shared beyond private silos.

Google Digitizing Culture?

Spooner Hall, The Commons, 7:30 - 8:30 PM

How is Google changing our relationship with traditional cultural institutions like art museums? In 2011, Google launched the Google Art Project, an ever-growing digital repository of artworks from museums around the globe, quickly followed by the Google Cultural Institute. Just recently the Cultural Institute opened its first physical location in Paris. Piotr Adamczyk, Program Manager at Google, will provide insight into the virtual and physical projects, initiatives and partnerships as well as the motivations and goals of the Cultural Institute.

Piotr Adamczyk

Starting with an analyst position at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as the Data Lead for the Google Art Project, and now on the Content Team of the Google Cultural Institute, Piotr Adamczyk's work is focused on the use of open/linked data in cultural heritage institutions. With undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, Piotr holds graduate degrees in Human Factors and Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Piotr has authored papers, organized workshops, and served as a Program Committee member for Association for Computing Machinery and cultural heritage conferences, and his arts research includes residencies at the Banff New Media Institute, Medialab-Prado, and Eyebeam.

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