Museums and the Web

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Museums and the Web: Next Steps

When we held the first Museums and the Web in 1997, none of us were sure how the Web would develop, or what technologies would be most interesting to museums in the future. We certainly didn't anticipate the close community that would develop around the conference, sustaining itself in various ways online between annual get-togethers. Your knowledge and generosity is unique and amazing; it has made Museums and the Web the international conference for culture and heritage online.

But after fifteen years, it's time for us to step back from the day-to-day management of Museums and the Web. We both recognize the importance of MW to the community, and care deeply about the persistence of its legacy (including the online archive of papers going back to 1997). So it's taken some time to work out our next steps.

We've agreed with Rich Cherry, Nancy Proctor, Titus Bicknell and Hiroko Kusano that they will manage MW2012 in San Diego, with our help. Rich Cherry and Nancy Proctor will serve as Co-Chairs of Museums and the Web 2012; David and jennifer will remain regular members of the Program Committee. The overall shape and focus of the meeting will not change.

We're looking forward to how Museums and the Web will develop in these capable hands, and thank everyone for their faith and trust in us over the past fifteen years. In the next months, we're sure there will be changes as Rich, Nancy, Titus and Hiroko put their many ideas into practice. We are sure you'll join us in giving them your full help and support.

jennifer + David  [or is that David + jennifer]

dbear's picture

Jennifer and I are grateful for all the kind remarks made here and using other channels thanking us for managing the conference all these years. It was always your enthusiasm that kept us at it! Now we are looking forward to actually attending a Museums and the Web conference - going to hear a few papers, talk to people in the halls without worrying about the levels in the coffee pots, dropping in on receptions at museums without wrangling with caterers:-)

And now, everyone, on to your proposals for MW2012. In the next few days Nancy, Rich, Titus and Hiroko will open the online proposal forms. We look forward as members of the Program Committee to reading about your latest online projects and to seeing you at MW2012 in San Diego in April.

David Bearman

ecoartnet's picture

Great work and thanks again for your interest in my work at

Artists appreciate when their voices are heard! You made it happen in our case. Thanks again on behalf of our ecological artists involved in this ongoing ecological art research.

Hope to continue accompanying you in your future paths.

Best, Nohra Corredor, ECOARTNET

brad larson's picture

I second all the comments of thanks above! Looking back to the ICHIM conference in the early 90's, I realize what an extraordinary space you've created over the years. Rewarding to see it continue to grow into the community...


lmonda's picture

Dear Jennifer and David

Thank you for a great contribution to the cultural heritage community.I not only have fond memmories of all the conferences i have attended since 1999 but also owe alot of my professional career to the professional networks and linkages from MW and gained many friends too. Specifically I would like to thank you immensely for the support you two have always given me.

My involvement has been as a presenter and a BOW Judge which served as a great eye opener and a learning experience on the many ways of presenting culture and heritage through the use of technology.

No doubt your legacy continues and i look forward to meeting up with you in the next conference. i take the opportunity to welcome the new co chairs Rich Cherry, Nancy Proctor, Titus Bicknell and Hiroko Kusano.

Kind Regards

Lawrence Monda
ICT Manager
National Museums of Kenya

Tel: +254-20-8164134
Fax: +254-20-3741424
Cell: +254-720-432764



Phyllis Hecht's picture

Jennifer and David,

A big thank you to the two of you for everything you have done for the museum/web community! You started this conference exactly when we needed it. I have many fond memories of the conferences, since the first one in 1997. They changed my life in many ways, from the colleagues and friends I've made to the knowledge and skills I came away with - not to mention the fact that I met my husband at the MW conference in New Orleans! The resources created from the MW papers have been an invaluable resource in my museum and academic work. Thank you for your vision and for bringing us all together.

Great news that Rich, Nancy, Titus, and Hiroko will keep it going.

all the best,

Phyllis Hecht
Program Director
Museum Studies
Johns Hopkins University
1717 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 104
Washington, DC 20036

Dana Mitroff Silvers's picture

I feel like this is the end of an era, and the start of a new one.

Many deep thanks and gratitude to David and Jennifer for all your work growing and developing Museums and the Web over the past years.

2012 will be my 10th conference, and I owe a great deal of my museum career to Museums and the Web. From the professional connections to the lasting friendships to the knowledge and skills I've gained through Museums and the Web, it's been a hugely influential part of my museum life over the past decade.

I've been involved with Museums and the Web in many capacities, from co-chairing the crit rooms to serving on the program committee to authoring several papers. I will miss working with David and Jennifer, but I hope that you will be able to spend more time at Grindstone Island relaxing!

A warm welcome to our new fearless leaders Rich, Nancy, Titus, and Hiroko!

Dana Mitroff Silvers
Head of Online Services
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103-3159

Timothy Hart's picture

Jennifer and David,

Its very hard to believe its been 15yrs - think I have made it to six MW's. Thankyou both for the significant contribution you have made to the development of a truly international approach to online activity across the world's museums. MW and ICHIM have made a difference and helped shaped how our visitors engage with us online. The leadership and innovation we have all shared through the terrific structure of the Museums and the Web conferences has helped shaped how museums have evolved since the development of the web. I can't think of another conference that has endured for so many years and been so influential to a sector.

Thankyou both for having the idea and carrying it through so successfully.

I look forward to catching up with you in San Diego.

And a big welcome to the new co-chairs - the Australians are always keen to help!! Stay in touch.

All the best

Tim Hart
Museum Victoria

Tim Hart

Director, Public Engagement

Museum Victoria


Phone +61 3 8341 7771

Fax +61 3 8341 7299

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danaallengreil's picture

The Museums and the Web archive of conference papers is an invaluable resource for learning about best practices and the history of the field. As someone who teaches for two grad programs (GW and JHU), these papers make up a big chunk of my syllabus--we truly couldn't teach the next generation without you! Thanks so much for establishing this amazing resource for the field and for the future.


Conxa's picture

Wow, that came as a surprise, indeed!
Congrats for a brave decision. After 15 years!
MW is your "baby" and thus, I find clever and exemplary to give way to some renewal on the chairing team. Good to hear you'll remain deeply involved, though.
Thank you Jenniffer & David, for a magnificent work, the quality content and alive networking provided by MW is a unique world reference for museums today.

And welcome to the new co-chairs!
All the support and help you need, just ask;)