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Museums and the Web

An annual conference exploring the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of culture, science and heritage on-line.

Museums and the Web 2012 (MW2012)

Join us in San Diego for the 16th annual Museums and the Web conference: April 11-14, 2012.  

Museums and the Web is an annual conference exploring the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of culture, science and heritage on-line. Taking an international perspective, MW reviews and analyzes the issues and impacts of networked cultural, natural and scientific heritage – wherever the network may reach.

Our community has been meeting since 1997, imagining, tracking, analyzing, and influencing the role museums play on the Web, and having fun doing it.

The MW Program (download the PDF program here (3.2mb file)) 

MW features plenary sessions, parallel sessions, un-conference sessions, museum project demonstrations, commercial exhibits, mini-workshops, professional forums, two design 'Crit Rooms', and the Best of the Web awards.

Prior to the conference, there are full-day and half-day pre-conference workshops and a day of pre-conference tours.

Social events include receptions each evening, and plenty of refreshment breaks provide lots of time to meet and talk with colleagues from around the world.

Who Comes to MW?

All kinds of people from around the world come to Museums and the Web. You will find webmasters, educators, curators, librarians, designers, managers, directors, scholars, consultants, programmers, analysts, and developers from museums, galleries, libraries, science centers, and archives, and the companies, foundations and governments that support them at Museums and the Web every year.

Program Selection

The MW2012 Program is selected through peer-review by an International Program Committee.

unconference sessions

Once the formal call for participation is closed, it is still possible to participate in MW2012 by proposing an unconference session on site. Ideas are pitched to the group in the session on Thursday afternoon. Those who were interested gathered right after for discussion.

Scholarships and Volunteers

Each year, MW Scholarships are awarded to museum professionals from small institutions and developing countries.

Students and employees of small museums are invited to volunteer at MW; they attended the conference in return for helping out.

Can't Make It? Get the Book.

All MW2012 Presenters submit written papers; the best appear in print in Museums and the Web 2012: Selected papers from an international conference. All papers are also published on-line. You can order a copy of the Selected Papers 

Past papers from all Museums and the Web conferences – since 1997 – are on-line, and searchable. Printed volumes of Selected Papers from MW97 – MW2010 are also available to order.

For more information contact the MW2012 Conference Co-Chairs
Nancy Proctor and Rich Cherry, Museums and the Web LLC