Museums and the Web 2005
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A broad representation of international museum Web professionals participate in MW every year.

The MW2005 program addresses Web-related issues for museums, archives, libraries and other cultural institutions.

Presentation Formats

MW2005 offers a number of different formats. The amount of time and level of formality in presentation varies, as does the requirement for a written paper.

Papers in Sessions
In this traditional conference presentation format, thematic groups of three or four papers are presented in a set time slot, moderated by a chairperson. Written papers are required. Speakers present their salient contributions in approximately 20 minutes, and the chair faciltates a question period.
In this less formal presentation format, individual museum professionals demonstrate their work in an exhibit hall environment. Similar to 'poster sessions' found at other conferences, Demonstrations allow for hands-on interaction with applications and one-to-one conversation about their development. Demonstrations are limited to museum and non-profit staff only; no commercial or consulting participation is permitted. Written papers are not required, but may be submitted.
For this innovative presentation format a time and space is set aside for the exchange of ideas – often creative are artistic – in a less structured, more interactive manner. Presenters are in charge of designing the interaction and facilitating it. Written papers are encouraged.
Interactions: Mini-Workshops
With a time-slot slightly longer than a formal paper, a mini-workshop allows for the presentation of a practical skill, and the development of a discussion with the audience about its execution. Written papers are required.
Interactions: Professional Forum
In this discussion based format, a time and space are set aside for the exploration of issues and developments facing the profession. The Conveneer, who proposes the forum, presents the issue, and facilitates the discussion. Written position papers are encouraged.
Pre-Conference Workshops
In this traditional conference presentation format, small groups gather for a full or half day to the formal MW conference, for the development of new skills. Workshop presenters are experienced professionals with valuable insights to share. Proposals should include a syllabus, and an outline of the learning objectives for attendees.

Companies active in the field are encouraged to participate in the Exhibit Hall. Individual professionals may propose papers, but these may not focus on a commercial product.


The deadline for paper proposals was September 30, 2004. Paper proposals are now being peer-reviewed.

Demonstration proposals will be accepted until December 31, 2004.

Paper Submission

All speakers at MW2005 must submit written papers prior to the Conference. Papers must be submitted according to the Guidelines for MW2005 Papers, by January 30, 2005. Speakers who do not submit their paper in the appropriate format, by the deadline, will forfeit their place on the program.