TechEx Program

“TechEx” is a series of short talks, panel discussions and live Q&A that will run over four Fridays in April, with a focus on practical, inspiring and enabling content relevant to those who are engaged in library and collecting institution technologies.

The TechEx Program will be delivered entirely online, via Zoom, to a live digital audience.

TechEx Session 1 – Friday 9 April 2021 – First Nations

Tools and concepts for Indigenous Knowledge management in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

#1 – Is Māori Data Sovereignty in the GLAMR sector improving? – Speaker: Chris Cormack, Catalyst IT

#2 – Making materials in and about Indigenous Australian languages discoverable – Speakers/s: Amanda Lissarrague & Anthony McLaughlin, AIATSIS

#3 – First Nations drone pilots: incorporating historical digitised collections with mapping Country and culture – Speaker: Lyndon Ormond-Parker, Australian National University

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TechEx Session 2 – Friday 16 April 2021 – Ghost in the Machine

The promise and pitfalls of artificial intelligence in GLAMR industries.

#1 – Taming the TIGER – How the State Library is using ML/AI to rediscover its digital collections – Speaker: Jenna Bain, State Library New South Wales

#2 – Remake AI for a better world – Speaker: Ingrid Mason

#3 – We are the ghost in the machine: thinking about how we take AI-enabled cyber-physical systems to scale safely, responsibly and sustainably – Speaker: Kathy Reid, Mozilla

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TechEx Session 3 – Friday 23 April 2021 – New ways of learning

Lifelong learning reimagined with the help of new technologies.

#1 – Digital show and tell: how we got our colleagues to share their favourite online tools – Speaker/s: Deakin Library Digital Demos team (Lizzy Delacretaz, Lisa Grbin, Jess Fulmer and Olivia Larobina)

#2 – Using Linked Data and AI to manage GLAMR expertise with Skilltype – Speaker: Tony Zanders, Skilltype

#3 – Learning and Teaching Technologies – Speaker: Rosalia da Garcia, SAGE

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TechEx Session 4 – Friday 30 April 2021 – Hack the GLAMR

The nexus of creativity, technology and cultural data.

#1 – Stewarding data-rich collections for use and re-use – Speaker: Rachel Merrick, State Library Queensland

#2 – Two problems: using regular expressions – Speaker: Alan Manifold, State Library Victoria

#3 – The open source technology behind ACMI’s new visitor-focused experience – Speaker: Simon Loffler, ACMI

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Registration Policy

TechEx Sessions are separately ticketed and numbers are limited. A waitlist applies.

Registering is a commitment to attend. If you are unable to attend, please advise the VALA Secretariat as soon as possible to allow a waitlisted person to attend.


Transfer of registration can be requested by email to the VALA Secretariat (; there is no processing fee for transfers.