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  • Claire Reeler

    Claire Reeler

    Claire is an archaeologist with a side interest in tech and open source in particular. She's been passionate about archaeology as long as she can remember and was out in the field as soon as she could persuade people to take her along (high school). Claire ended up playing with computers after being selected for a small experimental computer science class run by all the high schools in her home town in the early '80s (we learnt Basic on Apple 2e machines!). This taught her not be afraid of computers which led to her using tools like GIS from the late '80s (on VAX machines running Unix). After decades playing around with GIS and databases to assist with spatial studies in archaeology, she did her PhD in Archaeology and was the first Arts doctorate at Uni Syd to have an online database accepted as an appendix to the PhD thesis. Claire has worked with indigenous groups in many parts of the world, as well as with museums and other organisations in the GLAM sector. Now she works at Catalyst IT Australia helping out with a range of different things. Claire is also Secretary of the Australasian chapter of Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA-A).


The technical challenges attendant on managing data in the GLAM sector are interesting and recent developments in open source software amenable to meeting these challenges are opening up new vistas of possibility for those wishing to assist GLAM institutions (which UNESCO refers to as "memory institutions") in meeting these challenges. The sector itself has become interested in the possibilities of openness - both in the software and the data, and champion the F.A.I.R. principles, which can safeguard humanity's heritage for future generations. Whilst the technological possibilities provide heady visions of future science-fiction-like scenarios where people immerse themselves in wholistic experiences, drenching their senses in vivid augmented realities; there is a concomitant growing awareness of the ethical constraints which must be managed. Terms such as data sovereignty, data colonialism, cultural appropriation etc. reflect recognised risks and awareness of the interplay between our technological solutions and potential concerns, particularly amongst the indigenous custodians of culture, can assist in cementing strong, long-term relationships between all parties as we walk together into this exciting future. This presentation aims to provide an overview of ethical considerations for data management in the GLAM sector, with a view to promoting constructive debate on strategies for integrating ethics into technological solutions. Awareness of these issues can also assist each of us, as individuals, to deconstruct aspects of the potential for appropriation of our own lives and to question where humanity as a whole is heading. The heritage of humanity is a concern for all of us and we each contribute to our joint legacy in ways we might not yet realise. By working together we can promote a positive future for humanity as a whole. Linux Australia: YouTube: