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Museums and the Web: What do you get from being there?
In a time when money is getting tighter all around, it's becoming harder and harder to justify conference attendance, especially when it requires international travel. But for many, it's just not the full Museums and the Web experience, if you're not there, on-site.
Why is that?
I think it's partly because MW is about the process as well as about the product. The papers aptly describe the outcomes of research, the collaborations, the analysis, but they don't always tell you what it was like to get there – warts and all.
There are many things that you can't learn by reading or watching: you can't learn paper prototyping without holding the scissors and tape in your hands. Cut and paste will never mean the same thing again! Nor can you really appreciate Agile development methods without talking to people who practice them. You can get the dirt, if you're not there to hear it.
So what you gain in the conversations is the real story + the back story...
Am I right? Why do you come to Museums and the Web?