MUSEUM BIG DATA


3RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MUSEUM BIG DATA
(MBD2024)
18-19 NOVEMBER 2024, ATHENS, GREECE

The MBD conferences aim to attract academics, practitioners and technologists engaged in the current research discourse on the new trends of the Museum Big Data domain; in addition, the conference aspires to showcase experimental work.

The MBD 2024 conference, which will be held onsite in Athens, welcomes paper submissions from practitioners and researchers on their work in GLAMs (galleries, museums, libraries, archives) and other cultural heritage and memory institutions; everywhere that (Big) Data and cultural heritage come together.   The forum also welcomes inspirational examples from other institutions from the GLAM sector (galleries, libraries archives whose work can provide valuable lessons for the museums sector).

The MBD 2024 conference is organized by Ionian University (Museology Lab & Laboratory of Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing) and National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece.

Important Dates

  • Paper submission deadline: 31 July, 2024
  • Notification of acceptance: 31 August, 2024
  • Camera-ready copies due: 30 September, 2024
  • Authors Registration due: 30 September, 2024.
  • Conference days: 18-19 November, 2024

History

MBD Conferences started in 2019 with the 1st International Conference on Museum Big Data that took place from 30th April – 2nd May 2019 in Doha, Qatar. It brought together international experts who shared their experiences and discussed how museums can integrate more aspects of big data in their services. The conference was live-streamed with thousands of viewers. The vision of the Chair and co-Chair of the conference, Drs Georgios Papaioannou and Milena Dobreva, Associate Professors at UCL Qatar, was to enhance the international partnerships and continue the series in various venues. 

Context

The MBD conferences showcase the most innovative research and practical work in Museum Big Data. The main objective of each MBD conference is to promote high-quality research in the field as well as to provide an excellent opportunity for networking in this emerging field. Also, MBD conferences aspire to set the research agenda in the Museum Big Data domain. It is addressed and aims to attract academics, practitioners and technologists engaged in the current research discourse on the new trends of the domain; in addition, the conference aspires to showcase experimental work.

Big Data and Data mining processes comprise relatively new fields in museum research and inquiry, which are expected to become core disciplines as museum data input increases and digital museum data collections from museums’ everyday activities and operations become increasingly larger. Nowadays, museums all over the world maintain and expand dynamic databases and big datasets on museum objects and operations as well as generated data extending from visitors’ numbers, times and stops to tweets, likes and shares.

There is an emerging need to detect new and discover hidden and useful information, patterns, clusters and relationships among large sums of museum data. To address this need, we require ethical considerations and processes, a thorough understanding of contexts in the physical and the digital world, and cross-disciplinary Big Data methods, techniques and testing.

We also need to develop theoretical frameworks and explore connections with the Big Data ongoing discussion in libraries, archives and information studies.