Photos: Digital Media Festival

November 6, 2013

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The Woodstock Digital Media Festival was held throughout the day on Friday, November 1. The third annual Woodstock Digital Media Festival turned the village into a melting pot of high-tech, civic-minded entrepreneurs from the Bay Area to New York. They shared a fascinating variety of ways in which the rapidly evolving digital revolution is serving the public interest.
Event organizer David Mcgowan, a media and telecommunications executive who lives and works overseas, but is a part-time resident of Woodstock, address the crowd. “I felt the town was the perfect setting for this – a unique atmosphere. Venues like the library, the Inn, Billings Farm and others are ideal and attractive for those in attendance. We wanted a really compelling day for both the participants and the audience, and I think it was really successful.” DavidMcGown-organizer
dmf-benvershbowNYPLLabs Ben Vershbow, head of the New York Public Library Labs, is on a mission to engage digital media and get long-hidden documents and data out of the library’s “book stacks and into server stacks” – that is, digital archives accessible to the public. “Working with software developers, we are involved in data mining and community engagement around historical collections.”
An estimated 200 people attended the various talks. wdf-attendeees
DavidTyler-gmd David Tyler, Green Mountain Digital, Last year, David led the development of GMD’s first social community, NatureShare, with more than 1M logins to date. David is currently leading an effort to connect people with great outdoor experiences, places and organizations through a platform and social network called Yonder.
Festival attendees George Sadowski and Michael Stoner discuss the benefits of the holding the media festival in Woodstock. Festival manager Jeff Ayoub of Chicago summarized the day, saying, “I believe the main takeaway for participants and the audience here in Woodstock was to see that an ever growing variety of digital media including websites, apps and other projects is leading the way for the betterment of the public interest.” GsadowskiMichaelStoner

Photos and information from Jennifer Belton, Norman Williams Library and Sandy Gilmour. For more information on the speaker of this event go to Woodstock Digital Media – www.woodstockdigital.com/2013

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