Jessica Suess
Digital Partnership Manager
Oxford University Museums

The Partnership Team coordinates collaborative activity across the four Oxford University Museums, often acting as a guerrilla unit to identify and seize high impact, collaborative opportunities. I lead on Digital, Communications and Audience Evaluation.

A big part of my role is developing shared strategic approaches to digital and evaluation across the museums, and coordinating collaborative activity with other collections within the university, such as the Bodleian Libraries and Botanic Gardens. I also develop, manage and steer collaborative digital projects, recent projects include: introducing free public Wi-Fi across our four museum sites; scoping a new, shared Digital Asset Management System for the museums; a Resource Discovery user requirements research project for the university’s collections; and developing a new image IP policy for the university collections. A lot of my work focuses on mobile and I am currently leading on several pilot mobile projects, and pulling together what we have learnt to develop a new, shared mobile strategy for the museums. This work includes the ‘Hidden Museum’ research project which is building a prototype app, ‘Pocket Curator’, for the Museum of the History of Science which allows visitors to ‘try’ many of the scientific instruments on display via their own device.

I have recently completed the Museums Association’s ‘Transformers’ Leadership Programme, I will be participating in the European Museum Leaders Programme in Munich in November 2015, and I am currently a Museums Computer Network Scholarship holder. I sit on the management committee for the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments in Oxford and the steering group for the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School.

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