Call for Proposals open for Museums and the Web Asia 2015 #MWA2015

Today Museums and the Web, the largest international conference for digital innovation in the cultural sector, opened its call for proposals for its first Australian conference. Following successful Asian conferences in recent years in Hong Kong and South Korea, the conference will convene October 5-8, 2015 in Melbourne, named in 2014 as the world’s most liveable city for the fourth year in a row. Melbourne is a city with a rich cultural heritage, vibrant theatre and performing arts scene, excellent food with flavours to tempt every taste, and fascinating wildlife and natural history.

Technologists and innovators from museums, galleries, libraries, archives and related cultural heritage organizations are invited to propose their exemplary projects and leading-edge research for presentation in the MW2015 conference program from April 15 to May 15, 2015 at http://mwa2015.museumsandtheweb.com/call-for-proposals/ With a particular focus on cultural and scientific practices in Australia and the Asian region, this conference will provide a unique forum for attendees to debate the latest trends and discuss how digital technologies impact the work of cultural and educational institutions.

In addition to the conference program, innovative commercial products will be showcased in the exhibit hall; vendors and suppliers to the cultural and technology sectors are invited to express their interest in participating at http://mwa2015.museumsandtheweb.com/exhibiting/ The conference will also include social events at some of Melbourne’s premiere cultural organisations, and pre- and post-conference trips to other Australian cities.

The MW2015 call for proposals welcomes sessions and papers on all aspects of museum, gallery, library and archive practice with an emphasis on technology and innovation. The conference program, to be announced July 1, 2015, will include formal papers, workshops, demonstrations, lightning talks and forums for professional debate and collaboration. The conference program is selected by an international program committee, led by co-chairs Rich Cherry and Nancy Proctor who are joined by Tim Hart and Ely Wallis from Museums Victoria for the MWA2015 meeting.

About Museums and the Web

Museums and the Web is an annual conference featuring advanced research and exemplary applications of digital practice for cultural, natural and scientific heritage, and MW Asia 2015 is its third meeting in Australasia. Formed by leading professionals from around the world, our community has been meeting since 1997 and is the largest international gathering of cultural innovators in the world. The products of our meetings and conversations – the MW proceedingsBest of the Web archives and community news forum – are an unparalleled resource for museum workers, technologists, students and researchers that grows every year.

Who Comes to MW?

All kinds of people from around the world come to Museums and the Web. You will find webmasters, educators, curators, librarians, designers, managers, directors, scholars, consultants, programmers, analysts, publishers and developers from museums, galleries, libraries, science centers, and archives – as well as the companies, foundations and governments that support them – at Museums and the Web every year.

For more information see http://mwa2015.museumsandtheweb.com or contact Hiroko Kusano (US) info@museumsandtheweb.com Ely Wallis (AUS) EWallis@museum.vic.gov.au

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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 TheGalleryChannel.com 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 MuseumMobile.info, 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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