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Privacy and ownership in the digital era

The amount of data we generate continues to rise exponentially. The systems we've devised to collect, store and share that data are getting ever more complex. In this session we investigate how we can use big data.

We'll explore exhibitions that use data sets like objects; the challenges of converting physical exhibitions into purely digital touring blueprints; and how facial recognition installations could transform audience research. All these new and exciting activities need to be considered from a legal point of view. Visitors need to have their privacy protected, museums need to maintain control over their intellectual property and external lenders need to feel confident we can protect their valuable data sets.

Join us to discuss the legal issues we've encountered and how we've overcome them to make ground breaking exhibitions, critically assess exhibits with greater accuracy and share our content with a wider audience than ever before.


Suzana Filipecki Martins
Project Manager

Session speakers

Contemporary Science Events Project Leader
Pippa created the first Blueprint Pack as a member of the Science Museum touring team. The Pack gives a host organisation all the digital files they need to recreate the exhibition. She will speak about the challenge of protecting the museum's intellectual property while sharing the content as widely as possible.
Interacting with Google-glass
Senior Researcher
Norwegian Computing Center
Ingvar is the Senior Researcher at the Norwegian Computing Center. He will explore the practical, legal and ethical issues of user testing with mass data gathering technology.
International Project Curator
United Kingdom
Sheldon is leading the development of Invisible Me, a Science Museum exhibition that explores big data. The exhibition has borrowed data sets from several groups to create graphics and interactives that engage visitor in the scale and power of big data.