Museums and the Web

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Spinning up for another great year

While I cannot stress the importance of my friend and colleague Mia Ridge's assessment of first year necessities for a successful MW, I did felt the need to add some supplimental tips for first-timers, being as my first time was the not-so-long-ago MW

Life and Literature Conference

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is planning a major conference in Chicago (United State) November 14-15 involving librarians, taxonomists, biodiversity informatics researchers, publishers, and other users and producers of biodiversity literature. Please save these dates when planning calendars.

Announcing the Michigan State University Cultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool

Taking place from May 31st to July 1st (2011) on the campus of Michigan State University, theCultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool will introduce students to the tools and techniques required to creatively apply information and computing technologies to cultural heritage materials and questions.

Announcing Great Lakes THATCamp 2011

Held on the campus of Michigan State University on April 30th and May 1st, Great Lakes THATCamp (The Humanities & Technology Camp) is a user-generated “unconference” on digital humanities originally inspired by the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University.

Museums and the Web: What do you get from being there?

In a time when money is getting tighter all around, it's becoming harder and harder to justify conference attendance, especially when it requires international travel. But for many, it's just not the full Museums and the Web experience, if you're not there, on-site.

Why is that?

I think it's partly because MW is about the process as well as about the product. The papers aptly describe the outcomes of research, the collaborations, the analysis, but they don't always tell you what it was like to get there – warts and all.

LOCKSS, Thomas Jefferson and digital records

This week I've been thinking about strategies for preservation for the Library and Archives of Canada, and particularly about the "Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe" strategies that many of us have advocated for years as an alternative to expensive preservation and protection mechanisms.

I was amused, therefore, to find in correspondence at the Library of Congress that Thomas Jefferson wrote about this in 1791 proving both that he was an astonishing thinker and that there is nothing new under the sun. Speaking of the records of the American revolution, he said:“Let us save what remains not by vaults and locks which fence them from the public eye and use in consigning them to the waste of time, but by such a multiplication of copies, as shall place them beyond the reach of accident."

Demonstration Offers Out

We've completed reviewing all the Demonstration Proposals for MW2011 in Philadelphia and sent offers to museum participants wishing to show the progress they have made in the past year. As always, the Demonstrations are a way for museum staff attending the conference to brag about what they've done and/or get advice and help from others. It's all about sharing and feedback.

Culture in Peril

Hello world, and welcome to Culture in Peril!

This blog serves as your source of the most up-to-date information and news about humankind's shared cultural heritage.

Want to read the rapport about two Museums and Technology European Encounters ?

The first one was held in Portugal, and within the Encounter, there was a Social Media Workshop for museum professionals. In less than 2 hours  the workshop helped many to discover the potential of social networks for museums. Besides the workshop, many interesting IT projects were presented, and we had the opportunity to visit the new and awarded Museu de Portimao.

Open Exhibits 1.0 Multitouch, Multiuser software now available

Open Exhibits is a free suite of open multitouch and multiuser software modules and templates designed for use on the museum floor.

Talk at the Museu Picasso, Barcelona today

This morning David and I gave a talk at the Museu Picasso in Barcelona. We were asked to highlight some of the issues facing museums as they work to make the best use of network and social media technologies.

Computer-Based Exhibits in Museums Survey 2010

We’ve just posted a call for participation in our third annual Computer-Based Exhibits in Museum Survey on the Open Exhibits Website.  We’ve manag

AMNH’s First Mobile Exhibition Heads For The Edge Of The Known Universe

The American Museum of Natural History is famous for its Rose Center for Earth and Space and its Hayden Planetarium. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Rose Center we have launched our first mobile exhibition – Cosmic Discoveries iPhone App. It’s now available to download for free through iTunes.

Social media/Web Guidelines and Strategy Worksheets

The following strategy worksheets and guidelines were developed by Enterprise Technology and Local History Services at the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) as templates for use by other history organizations. The guidelines were created both from experiences here at MHS and by glomming good ideas from the guidelines of others around the web.

Following “ASK a CURATOR” : notes for evaluating a good idea

Dear colleagues,

after #askcurators day, where many of you have probably taken part, I'd like to share some thoughts / conclusions from the Museu Picasso:

 -there exists an authentic interest by the public to know more about museums