April 9-12, 2008
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Notre Rendez-vous à Montréal!

Hundreds of museum colleagues met at the only annual conference exploring the on-line presentation of cultural, scientific and heritage content across institutions and around the world: Museums and the Web.

Each year, Museums and the Web addresses the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of culture, science and heritage on-line. Taking an international perspective, senior speakers with extensive experience in Web development review and analyze the issues and impacts of networked cultural, natural and scientific heritage. Together, we are transforming communities and organizations.

The MW Program

MW2008 featured plenary sessions, parallel sessions, museum project demonstrations, commercial exhibits, mini-workshops, professional forums, a usability lab, a design 'Crit Room,' and the Best of the Web awards.

Prior to the conference, there were full-day and half-day pre-conference workshops and a day of pre-conference tours, including one to the museums of Ottawa, Canada's national capital.

Social events included receptions each evening, a Birds-of-a-Feather Breakfast, and plenty of refreshment breaks to provide hours of discovery and debate among hundreds of colleagues from around the world.

The MW2008 Program was selected through peer-review by an International Program Committee. Download the Final Program (PDF).

All Papers, Abstracts and Presenter Biographies are on this site. [More info about the site].


The primary language of the MW conference has always been English, but in 2008, the sessions were simultaneously translated English/French and French/English to encourage wide francophone participation. Sommaire du programme en fran¨çais [PDF].

Who Attends MW?

Webmasters, educators, curators, librarians, designers, managers, directors, scholars, consultants, programmers, analysts, and developers from museums, galleries, libraries, science centers, and archives join the professionals, companies, foundations and governments that support them and attend Museums and the Web every year. See the list of institutions represented at MW2008 for a sense of the diversity of this fun, creative and enthusiastic group.

The Exhibit Hall featured Commercial participants.

MW2008 was sponsored by Interwoven and Interflow.

Scholarships and Volunteers

Archives & Museum Informatics awards MW Scholarships to museum professionals from small institutions and developing countries. For MW2008, The Department of Canadian Heritage sponsored Scholarships for Canadian Professionals. Congratulations to the Scholarship Winners.

Students volunteered at MW; they attended the conference in exchange for helping out.

Can't Make It? Get the Book.

MW2008 Presenters submit written papers; some appear in print in Museums and the Web 2008: Selected papers from an international conference. All papers are also published on-line and on this CD-ROM.

Past papers from all Museums and the Web conferences – since 1997 – are on-line, and searchable. Printed volumes of Selected Papers from MW97 – MW2007 are also available to order.

Conference Co-Chairs

Jennifer Trant and David Bearman
Archives & Museum Informatics
158 Lee Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M4E 2P3 Canada

Questions or Suggestions?