Sydney Culture Data Salon

The Sydney Culture Data Salon is a bi-monthly meet-up for cultural workers interested or involved in the use of cultural data.

The Salon provides a unique forum to share experiences, strategies and tools. With invited talks and discussions, this series explores how data-led research and innovation can inform strategic planning and daily decision making.

Supported by the Sydney Culture Network.

2021/2022 Salon conveners: Megan Lawrence and Rory McKay.
Salon founders and 2019/2020 conveners: Lizzie Muller and Keir Winesmith.

Next Salon

Data Salon #13
Searching the Search
12.30pm - 2.00pm, May 27th, 2022
Collections are the heart of many cultural institutions, and what we search for reveals something of ourselves: our interests, our fears, our curiosity or simply what we have forgotten. In our next Data Salon, join Elisa Lee and Brett Tweedie as they showcase data visualisations of Library collections; illustrating not only how users search a catalogue search, but new ways to bring to light the treasures within as well as the collective interests and concerns of our engaged audience.
Elisa Lee from Unstacked will talk about how Unstacked - Curated by the People showcases your collection and institution locally and globally in real-time through the eyes of the people who use it.
Brett Tweedie recently completed the Digital Collections Catalyst project (2021) for the State Library of Queensland, and will discuss The Topography of Searching project that allows you to generate topographic maps from the words and phrases that appeared in the searches made by people using the library catalogue. Register here.

Previous Salons

download Data-salon-7-Briefing-June2020

Data Salon #12

Nov 26, 2021

Understanding Blockchain and NFTs.

Data Salon #11

Aug 27, 2021

Unsettled - Our untold history revealed @ Australian Museum.

download Data-salon-6-Briefing-May2020
download Data-salon-7-Briefing-June2020

Data Salon #10

April 18, 2021

Facing off Facebook.

download Data-salon-7-Briefing-June2020

Data Salon #9

Nov 27, 2020

Challenging Histories: Performance Archives and Cultural Data.

Data Salon #8

Sep 25, 2020

Indigenous Data Sovereignty.

download Data-salon-6-Briefing-May2020
download Data-salon-7-Briefing-June2020

Data Salon #7

June 26, 2020

Data driven decision making for a post COVID transition, with the Australian Council and Sydney Opera House.

Data Salon #6

May 1, 2020

Cultural data responses to COVID, with the Casula Powerhouse and Art Gallery of NSW.

download Data-salon-6-Briefing-May2020
download Data-salon-5-Briefing-Feb2020

Data Salon #5

Feb 28, 2020

Location responsive museum interpretation, with the Hyde Park Barracks (Sydney Living Museums).

Data Salon #4

Dec 6, 2019

Digitisation at scale, with The Powerhouse (Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences).

download Data-salon-4-Briefing-Dec2020
download Data-salon-3-Briefing-Sept2019

Data Salon #3

Sep 27, 2019

#NewSelfWales by the numbers - mixing user and collection data, with the State Library of NSW.

Data Salon #2

Jul 26, 2019

Social data and CRM (cutsomer relationship management) practices, with the Art Gallery of NSW.

download Data-salon-2-Briefing-July2019
download Data-salon-1-Briefing-May2019

Data Salon #1

May 31, 2019

Workshop to establish future data salon topics, hosted by UNSW Art & Design.

Contact us

Email the conveners at to ask a question, suggest a topic or offer to host.

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