Digital Culture Leaders Visioning the Postdigital Museum

  • Seb ChanEmail author
  • Courtney Johnston
  • Tula Giannini
Part of the Springer Series on Cultural Computing book series (SSCC)


This chapter features an interview two senior museum leaders with a long history in digital product development and open access who discuss how their museums are evolving. A wide-ranging conversation explores the challenges and opportunities small to medium sized museums face, and what it means for leaders who emerge from ‘digital culture’ to be shaping museums. It is an important exploration, too, of the changing context in which museums now operate and how the slow shift to a “postdigital” museum cannot be abstracted from broader shifts in culture and politics.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Australian Centre for the Moving ImageMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Museum of New Zealand Te Papa TongarewaWellingtonNew Zealand
  3. 3.School of InformationPratt InstituteNew YorkUSA

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