Speaker: Mayra Ortiz-Williams
April 11-14, 2007
San Francisco, California

Speakers: Biography

Mayra Ortiz-Williams

PhD student / Digital Heritage Research Group
University of Leicester
Department of Museum Studies
103-105 Princess Road East
LE1 7LG United Kingdom

Mayra Ortiz Williams is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Leicester (UK) in the Department of Museum Studies. Within the research area of Digital Heritage, she is looking at the potential of the museum as an inclusive information environment, as well as a social development agent. Based on Freire's Critical Pedagogy, Mayra is working on an education strategy to assist the learning of New Media Literacies in Mexico that involves the community as co-producer of archaeological knowledge. With a sound background in Communication & Information Design (UDLA, Mexico), Mayra is also engaged in creating a communication model for Digital Heritage on-line with the aim of orientating people to find their own way to knowledge. Mayra has experience as Audience Research Consultant for the Ministry of Culture in the State of Puebla, as well as Public Relations Specialist for the Amparo Museum in Puebla City. She also has taught at the Universidad de las Americas-Puebla, and at the University of Leicester. She presented a paper entitled "Woman's representations in Mexico's advertising" during the III Iberoamerican Biennial of Communication (Mexico, 2001), and participated as a Content Developer about Mexico's Lucha Libre for Kognito Visuelle Gestaltung (Germany, 2002). Mayra had a Demo-Poster session at ICHIM 2004 in Berlin with the project "Proposal for an interactive kiosk about the architecture of the pyramid of Cholula". For the Live!Livels project (2006), she worked as project manager and as research assistant. At the moment, Mayra's studies are funded by Mexico's National Council for Science & Technology (CONACyT). She is member of the Digital Heritage Research Group, the Museums Association (UK), the Museums Computer Group (MCG), and the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

Mayra will present How Shall We Label Our Exhibit Today? Applying The Principles of On-Line Publishing to an On-Site Exhibition. [Paper]