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Museums and the Web

An annual conference exploring the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of culture, science and heritage on-line.

Museums and the Web 2011 (MW2011)

We met in Philadelphia for the 15th annual Museums and the Web conference: April 6-9, 2011.

Museums and the Web is an annual conference exploring the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of culture, science and heritage on-line. Taking an international perspective, MW reviews and analyzes the issues and impacts of networked cultural, natural and scientific heritage – wherever the network may reach.

Our community has been meeting since 1997, imagining, tracking, analyzing, and influencing the role museums play on the Web, and having fun doing it.

The MW Program

MW2011 featured plenary sessions, parallel sessions, un-conference sessions, museum project demonstrations, commercial exhibits, mini-workshops, professional forums, two design 'Crit Rooms', and the Best of the Web awards.

Download the Final Program [3.26 MB PDF].

Prior to the conference, there were full-day and half-day pre-conference workshops and a day of pre-conference tours.

Social events included receptions each evening, and plenty of refreshment breaks provide lots of time to meet and talk with colleagues from around the world.

Who Comes to MW?

All kinds of people from around the world come to Museums and the Web; 25 countries were represented at MW2010. You'll find webmasters, educators, curators, librarians, designers, managers, directors, scholars, consultants, programmers, analysts, and developers from museums, galleries, libraries, science centers, and archives, and the companies, foundations and governments that support them at Museums and the Web every year.

See the list of speakers for MW2011, and the list of institutions represented at MW2011 for a sense of the diversity of this fun, creative and enthusiastic group. Registered community members can view the list of delegates [login required].

Program Selection

The MW2011 Program was selected through peer-review by an International Program Committee.

unconference sessions

Once the formal call for participation is closed, it was still possible to participate in MW2011 by proposing an unconference session on site. Ideas were pitched to the group in the session on Thursday afternoon. Those who were interested gathered right after for discussion.

Scholarships and Volunteers

Each year, MW Scholarships are awarded to museum professionals from small institutions and developing countries; in 2011 there was also a special scholarship for members of the Mid-Atlantic Museums Association.

Students and employees of small museums were invited to volunteer at MW; they attended the conference in return for helping out.

Can't Make It? Get the Book.

All MW2011 Presenters submit written papers; the best appear in print in Museums and the Web 2011: Selected papers from an international conference. All papers are also published on-line. You can order a copy of the Selected Papers on-line

Past papers from all Museums and the Web conferences – since 1997 – are on-line, and searchable. Printed volumes of Selected Papers from MW97 – MW2010 are also available to order.

Conference Co-Chairs

Jennifer Trant and David Bearman
Archives & Museum Informatics
158 Lee Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M4E 2P3 Canada
Contact MW2011.

Questions or Suggestions?

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