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MW2013: More than a dozen ways to participate!


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By Nancy Proctor - Posted on 19 August 2012

There are more than a dozen ways to participate in Museums and the Web in Portland, Oregon 17-20 April, 2013. The call for proposals will open in September 2012 so fire up those grey cells and contacts now to offer your best projects and practices to the museum community!

  1. Offer a Pre-conference Workshop: Are you an expert in your field? Pass it on through a half-day or full-day pre-conference workshop! Workshops are held the day before the conference begins and workshop leaders are compensated for their teaching. No written paper is required.
  2. Present a Formal Paper: Share your leading work in the field through a written paper (required, up to 5,000 words) and an oral presentation in a conference session (approx. 20 min. plus discussion). All formal papers are published on the Museums and the Web site, and selected papers are published in the eBook and printed proceedings of the conference.
  3. Lead a Professional Forum: Convene a one-hour discussion or debate about timely and critical topics of interest to the museum community. No written paper is required.
  4. Teach a How-to Session (a variant on the "mini-workshops" of previous years): You have one hour to demonstrate and teach a practical skill or best practices for a museum topic. A written version of your session (required, up to 2,500 words) will be published on the Museums and the Web site to serve as an on-going reference both for attendees of your session and others.
  5. Demonstrate your project and explain the designs and the decisions that went into it to colleagues in an exhibit-booth setting. Demonstrations are only open to museum professionals and projects created in a non-profit environment. Commercial organizations are invited to demonstrate their products and projects in Exhibitor Briefings. 
  6. Give a Lightning Talk, Pecha Kucha-style, that offers 6 short talks in a 1.5 hour session, allowing plenty of time for questions and discussion. Slides and recordings of the lightening talks will be published on the Museums and the Web site, and presenters are invited to blog about their topics (up to 1,000 words) on the MW site as well.
  7. Propose and lead an Unconference Session: topics are selected by attendees during the first day of the conference so the conversation can continue throughout our time together.
  8. Participate in a Crit Room: Panels of leaders in the museum field will provide a free assessment of your web or mobile project for accessibility and other best practices. Sign up for a critique on a first-come, first served basis (approximately four projects can be assessed in each 1.5 hour crit session)
  9. Participate in a "Birds of a Feather" round-table: lead the discussion or buzz among several while enjoying breakfast with colleagues.
  10. Participate in the Best of the Web: propose your project or vote for your favorites! Help us share the best of museums' digital work to inspire the global community.
  11. Exhibit your commercial products and services in the Exhibit Hall.
  12. Give an Exhibitor Briefing on recent projects and new commercial products.
  13. Be there: the best part of MW is always meeting informally with some of the most creative and innovative museum professionals from around the world and enjoying the warmth and generosity of this community. Join us!

Performances? Interactions? Services? Propose any other format of participation + explain how it works. We're open to new ideas.