Sebastian Chan

Sebastian Chan is currently the Head of Digital, Social and Emerging Technologies at the Powerhouse Museum. His teams include the museum’s web unit, audiovisual and photography, rights & permission and the photo library, the research library and Thinkspace, the Powerhouse’s digital media teaching laboratories.

With a background in social policy, journalism and media criticism as well as information technology, he has been building and producing websites and interactive media since the mid 1990s. At the Powerhouse he has been responsible for driving a strong user focus in design, usability and content, as well as expanding the scope and reach of the museum’s suite of online projects. His focus on audiences and usability has led to an interest in Open Licensing and collaborative ways of enabling deeper engagement with the museum’s cultural assets.

Under his guidance, the Powerhouse web team is responsible for the museum’s online presence and a large suite of experimental and collaborative projects, as well as the Museum’s collection database – one of the first to implement and evaluate user tagging, which has won several international awards.

Sebastian is a researcher in several Australian Research Council Linkage projects researching social media, museums, and technology. His other interests include electronic music and digital art, and he has directed and curated large-scale national and international events and festivals. In his spare time he runs an independent music magazine, Cyclic Defrost.
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