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Remembering Ed Bachta

 

In January of this year, our friend and colleague Ed Bachta passed away at the age of thirty-six. A senior application developer at the Indianapolis Museum of Art for five years, Ed was a key member of the IMA Lab team that developed groundbreaking projects for the museum community, including Steve.Museum, Art Babble, TAP and TourML, and the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI) toolset, as well as innovative web and interactive projects for the Indianapolis Museum of Art such as the IMA dashboard and FLOW Can You See the River. Those of you who had the privilege of knowing Ed will remember him as a quiet and gentle man, with a sly sense of humor and a passion for his work. Though he was a technical wizard with a background in data visualization and human computer interaction, Ed was also an infinitely patient translator of technology who helped less technical members of the museum community apply and embrace advanced computing techniques.
Ed's passions were eclectic and wide-ranging: he loved biking, gaming, Japanese culture, and the outdoors, and was intensely interested in science and environmental conservation. In April, a tree was planted in the IMA's Art and Nature Park to honor his lasting impact at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Ed was also an engaged and productive member of the Museums and the Web community, contributing to a number of papers and workshops in recent years. He enjoyed coming to MW, and his work will be represented at this year's conference in a fascinating paper on eye-tracking technology that will be presented on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in Salon H&G (http://mw2013.museumsandtheweb.com/proposals/capturing-visitors-gazes-th...). 
Ed's friends and colleagues have created a Museums and the Web scholarship in his memory. Beginning next year, the Ed Bachta Memorial Scholarship will support registration and travel expenses for a deserving Museums and the Web attendee who is working in Ed's areas of interest. We hope to award the scholarship to a museum professional working at the intersection of art and science or who shares Ed's interest in games and gaming. 
To establish the scholarship fund, we're throwing a fundraising party on Thursday night, April 18. Drink tickets will include a small contribution to the scholarship fund, and can be purchased at the conference from any of us, or on the night of the party, which will be held at the Radio Room Bar, 1101 NE Alberta Street, Portland. We'll be toasting Ed with artisanal root beer (his favorite) as well as with a good selection of Portland brews and cocktails, sharing reminiscences, and enjoying the company of fellow conference-goers. Those of you who can't make it to the party are encouraged to make a donation to the fund by contacting one of us. 

In January of this year, our friend and colleague Ed Bachta passed away at the age of thirty-six. A senior application developer at the Indianapolis Museum of Art for five years, Ed was a key member of the IMA Lab team that developed groundbreaking projects for the museum community, including Steve.Museum, Art Babble, TAP and TourML, and the Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI) toolset, as well as innovative web and interactive projects for the Indianapolis Museum of Art such as the IMA dashboard and FLOW Can You See the River. Those of you who had the privilege of knowing Ed will remember him as a quiet and gentle man, with a sly sense of humor and a passion for his work. Though he was a technical wizard with a background in data visualization and human computer interaction, Ed was also an infinitely patient translator of technology who helped less technical members of the museum community apply and embrace advanced computing techniques.