Museums and the Web

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

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drupalcamptoronto2008 - part 4 - pageroute and

Wrestling the Octopus: Using Pageroute and Nodereference to Manage Complex Node Relationships
http://2008.drupalcamptoronto.org/content/ wrestling-octopus-using-pageroute-and-nodereference-manage-complex-node-relationships

enables complex page / function structure e.g. within each campaign: events > visits > shifts

drupalcamptoronto2008 - part 2

Build your own social network in drupal
Amanuel Tewolde
http://2008.drupalcamptoronto.org/content/ build-your-own-social-network-with-drupal

some modules to check out to improve social functionality on a drupal site:

DrupalCamp Toronto - 2008

I'm hanging out at Drupal Camp in Toronto this week -- listening to other TO-based drupalers talk about what they've done. Here are some notes:

Unit Testing with/for Drupal [development] - Simple Test module
http://2008.drupalcamptoronto.org/content/automated-testing-with-simpletest

overlooked at AAM: the MUSE awards announced

The MUSE awards were announced at AAM this week, and the list represents an interesting overview of museum technology activity.

Here's a project that wasn't recognised [something that surprised me a bit]: The milti-touch tables at the Denver Art Museum.

What are the [core] functions of a museum web site?

david and i are completing an article for the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science .... it's got me wondering about what the 'general, intelligent reader' might want to know about museums and the web. 

i'm thinking we need to answer the following questions:

End-user searching; two articles everyone should know (if not read)

Given the interest in the search sessions at MW2008, and the follow-up discussion on Seb's, Nate's, and Brian's blogs, i though it would be useful to summarize a bit of the reading i've been doing lately for the phd + steve.museum research.

Directly relevant, is a longitudinal meta-study of the end-user search literature by Karen Markey, published in two parts in mid-2007 [in english, she compared and analysed the results of a lot of studies, conducted over a long time: 25 years].

museums, licensing and cc+

here's the rationale -- and history -- behind my interest in the cc+ framework. something that i think museums should be looking seriously at. it was spurred by an exchange on the MCG list and still bears a bit of that context in its tone.

onetag feed

the feed for the big screens is coming from

http://onetag.org/ot/display/slideshow1/fullscreen.htm

the future of the backchannel?

There was quite a timely piece in C|net today about backchannels at tech-related conferences. See "How to survive the next-gen confab . It comes at a time when we're close to wrapping together a set of on-line venues for MW2008.

This will be the third year we've had an on-line space for MW while it was taking place, and afterwards. it seems that this might be the year that it takes off a bit more. If you're out and about on the Web, check out the following

Museums and the Web 2008: Montreal museums on interactive map

schmap montreal museum map: Montreal museums in the Schmap widget.I've just updated the Local Information Page for Museums and the Web 2008 to include an embedded interactive map from Schmap.

I first heard about this site when they asked to use some of my flickr pictures, first for the San Francisco and later for the Montreal guides. I felt a bit ambivalent about the terms of their offered license, but decided the only way to see what was what with this kind of use was to follow the advice of Gail and Shelley and just participate.

It's interesting to see how this kind of aggregation gives you a different view than the traditional travel guide, where illustrations are much more rationed.

What do people think? is it worth keeping on the local info page? is this mashed together melange of user photos and reviews the future of travel info?

In Taiwan: at NDAP International Conference


I’m at a conference hosted by the Taiwan eLearning & Digital Archives Program (http://www.digitalarchives.tw). I’m not going to blog every session (program here) but here are some highlights from the first morning's sessions.

NYT article on museums in social network spaces

There's an article in the Museums Section of the New York Times yesterday about museums activities in social network spaces. it was my conversation with Dan Frost (the frelance reporter who wrote the piece) that sparked my recent blog postings about the subject. Dan's piece is a good intro ... and there are a lot of Museums and the Web papers about the subject this year, and in past years [search the bibliography].


Killer Statue — Psyched About the Site!

Science Museum, London wins at SXSW

This hasn't been noted here, so i thought i'd pass on this bit of slightly late news [i've got my nose in the Museums and the Web proceedings production...]

The Science Museum, London, has won both Best Game and Best of Show at SXSW for its game Launchball http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/launchpad/launchball/

See http://2008.sxsw.com/interactive/web_awards/winners/ for the other winners

and see Mike Ellis's blog posting about the development http://electronicmuseum.wordpress.com/2008/03/11/launchball-we-did-it-differently-and-got-it-right/

Way to Go, Guys!

today i tagged someone 'failure'

not "a failure", btw, but "failure" ... something that i don't think we talk about enough.

This reminded me that tags take their meaning not just from what they say, but from the position they occupy between people and their interests.

My tags are liminal objects, staking out a boundary between me and stuff out there that i care about. That boundary isn't fixed, but variable. And it's that variablility in the boundary condition that makes tag analysis as challenging as it is. Sometimes the ties are strong, sometimes they're weaker ... sometimes i invest a lot in tagging, sometimes it's quick and done...

studying tag vocabulary is a window into what people notice. it's interesting as much for the aggregate (what many people notice) as for the outlier (what's noticed only by one).

/jt