Suse Cairns


I'm a museum geek and a vintage fashion tragic. I'm currently immersed deeply into the first year of my PhD, examining the emerging role of online museum collections in redefining what museums and their place in the twenty first century.

I'm also the website coordinator at Newcastle Region Art Gallery and an ongoing intern with the Web Services team at the Powerhouse Museum - so although my research is theoretical and philosophical, my work isn't.

  • Takeaways from the Public Sphere discussion


    Hi Everyone,

    I have created a Google doc with (my) takeaways from the Digital Culture Public Sphere session. I know that Pia Waugh (Convener of the Public Sphere) wants to use and incorporate this into her documentation as soon as possible, so it would be great if you could make any additions/changes in the next day or so.

    I hope I’ve been able to capture and represent most of the major points (thanks to Yvonne for her excellent note taking), although obviously add anything I didn’t get. It would also be ideal if anyone had further case studies or precedent to add from here.



  • On the Digital Culture Public Sphere


    I’d like to propose a session on/responding to the Digital Culture Public Sphere. The live date for the public sphere discussions is taking place on Thursday 6 October, the day before THATCamp, and it makes sense to continue the discussion with the aim to making comment and a submission from participants. It would include questions on the digital arts and culture, and would ask what are ideas for a long term sustainable vision; what would success look like; and what are some ideas of how we could get there?

    The results of the Public Sphere consultation will be submitted in response to the National Cultural Policy Discussion Paper, so it’s important for digital humanities people to contribute.

    It will probably help to read the Digiculture Wiki and get a sense of some of the ideas that have been coming through, or check out #publicsphere on Twitter for the comments that came through during the event. There event was also streamed online, and I think you can find the video here.

    [images below of Suse's whiteboard notes – added by Cath. Each image is about half a mebabyte – to optimise readability.]

    whiteboard notes

    whiteboard notes