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Building a Conversational Archive at the National Film & Sound Archive of Australia

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The National Film & Sound Archive of Australia seeks to move from current catalogue-centric approaches to a conversational approach that allows users searching through the archive to directly engage with the archive itself. Through building a PSM, a Primary Source Model, whose role is to guide users through Australia’s enormous audiovisual archive that includes oral histories, archival documentaries, TV news stories, podcasts, video games, and more, the NFSA has encountered many technical, philosophical, and ethical challenges.

Join us for a virtual talk on March 15, 2024 from 11:10 am-12:00 pm with the Chief Digital Officer of the National Film & Sound Archive of Australia  (NFSA), Keir Winesmith, to hear about NSFA's efforts to leverage machine learning to promote access to their holdings. 

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About the speaker: Dr. Keir Winesmith is Chief Digital Officer at the National Film & Sound Archive of Australia and convener of Fantastic Futures 2024, the international conference in AI for Libraries, Archives and Museums. He is also a mentor in Creative Australia's CEO Digital Mentoring Program and co-founder of the bi-monthly Sydney Cultural Data Salon. His book, co-authored with Dr. Suse Anderson, is 'The Digital Future of Museums' (Routledge, 2020). Keir has a background in culture, strategy and technology, and has led award-winning projects that blend digital and culture across the globe. In 2018, he was named in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business for this work.

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