Call for Proposals: MW Florence 2014

Open Museums and Smart Cities: Storytelling and Connected Culture

Florence 19-21 February 2014

A three-day event conceived by Laura Longo, Stefania Chipa and Ilaria D’Uva
 in collaboration with Museums and the Web. Museums and the Web Florence (MWF2014) is organized by the Musei Civici Fiorentini, in collaboration with the Fondazione per la Ricerca e l’Innovazione dell’Università di Firenze and the PIN Polo Universitario Citt di Prato, with lead sponsorship by D’Uva Workshop.

Proposal deadline: 31 December 2013

The theme of the meeting is “Open Museums and Smartcities: Storytelling and Connected Culture.” We invite presentations and discussions on digital tools, languages and innovations as new forms of access to cultural heritage. Related topics include universal design, social inclusion, accessibility, augmented reality, social media, crowdsourcing, open content, digital collaboration, gaming, and mobile engagement throughout city spaces as well as inside museums.

The language of the conference is English.

Museums and the Web Florence 2014 is open to museum professionals within the public/private sector, and all others who are interested in the topics of our meeting.

Submit your proposal by 31 December 2013 for:

  1. Formal papers: research and analysis in the field presented in a 15 minute presentation + 5,000 word written paper
  2. Demonstrations: videos, hands-on and ‘poster-style’ demonstrations of projects and case studies
  3. Best Practice Parade: 5 minute lightning talks sharing best practices in the field; open to vendors as well as presenters from non-profit organizations

All proposals are peer reviewed by the MWF2014 Program Committee. Written papers (in English: required for formal papers; optional for demonstrations and lightning talks) are due 31 May 2014 and will be published online after the conference in Florence.

See you in Florence!

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About Nancy Proctor

Nancy Proctor is Director of The Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture and of the MuseWeb Foundation, the new non-profit initiative of Museums and the Web, as well as Co-chair and Co-editor with Rich Cherry of MW’s international conferences and publications. Previously Nancy was Deputy Director of Digital Experience and Communications at the Baltimore Museum of Art (2014-2016), Head of Mobile Strategy and Initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution (2010-2014), and Head of New Media Initiatives at the Smithsonian's American Art Museum (2008-2010). With a PhD in American art history and a background in filmmaking, curation and art criticism, Nancy lectures and publishes widely on technology and innovation in museums, in French and Italian as well as English. Nancy Proctor created her first online exhibition in 1995 and went on to publish the New Art CD-ROM and website of contemporary art in the UK in 1996. She co-founded in 1998 with Titus Bicknell to present virtual tours of innovative exhibitions alongside comprehensive global museum and gallery listings. TheGalleryChannel was later acquired by Antenna Audio, where Nancy led New Product Development from 2000-2008, introducing the company’s multimedia, sign language, downloadable, podcast and cellphone tours. She also directed Antenna’s sales in France from 2006-2007, and worked with the Travel Channel’s product development team. Nancy served as program chair for the Museums Computer Network (MCN) conference 2010-2011, and co-organized the Tate Handheld conference 2008 & 2010. She started, its wiki and podcast series in 2008. She was Digital Editor of Curator: The Museum Journal from 2009-2014, and is now on the Journal's editorial board, as well as on the Board of Directors of the Omnimuseum Project.

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