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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 2012 (MW2012): Call For Participation

Museums and the Web 2012 will take place April 11-14, 2012 in San Diego, CA, USA.

The MW program is built from the ground up, based on your suggestions. Proposals are encouraged on any topic related to museums creating, facilitating, delivering or participating in culture, science and heritage on-line – wherever the network may reach.


  • Proposals are due September 30, 2011 for papers, workshops, mini-workshops + professional forums; proposals are reviewed by the Program Committee in October, and proposers are notified of the status of their proposals in November.
  • All accepted papers and mini-workshops must be submitted in written form according to the Guidelines, by January 31, 2012.
  • Demonstration Proposals are due December 31, 2011 (written paper optional)

Make a Proposal

  • Submit your proposal using our on-line form (the call for MW2012 proposals is now closed)
    You must be logged in to do this; if you're not, create a profile and then log in. Your proposal will be linked to your profile for further reference.

Session Formats

Carefully choose the right presentation format for your proposal. Even the best ideas may be rejected if proposed for a less than appropriate presentation format.

  • Paper in a Session
    Research results and case studies are usually presented in a formal sessions with other papers and discussion.
  • Demonstrations
    Recent implementations are often best shown in this intimate, face-to-face, format which ensures almost all delegates will see you, and have a chance to ask questions.
  • Workshops (full or half-day) or Mini-workshop (1hr)
    If you have something you can teach others, relating to methods or techniques, offer an interactive workshop.
  • Professional Forums
    This is the best way to engage colleagues in a debate around a topic of concern to the field or to explore an opportunity for collaboration.
  • Exhibit Hall
    Commercial products and services are featured in the Exhibit Hall.
  • Exhibitor Briefing
    Exhibitors of commercial products and services are offered the opportunity to give briefings on recent projects, along with exhibiting products.
  • Performances? Interactions? Services?
    Propose any other format of participation + explain how it works. We're open to new ideas.

Multiple Submissions

Multiple submissions from the same person are rarely accepted. Please co-ordinate your proposal with your project collaborators. Multiple proposals about the same project will not be accepted.

Session Proposals

Full sessions are rarely accepted. If you would like to present your paper in a dedicated session with other panelists, each presenter must submit an individual paper with a covering note naming the other papers it is related to and their proposers. Each paper will be reviewed individually.

Proposal Peer Review

MW2012 Program Committee and the MW2012 Co-Chairs will review all proposals (except Exhibitor Briefings) and make selections for the conference program.

The Program Committee will communicate its decision by email to the address(es) given in your proposal.

Successful proposers will be sent a Speaker Acceptance Form to sign and return by 30 November - please see the 2011 version here for reference.

Acceptance may be conditional upon refining the proposal, and may require the submission of a revised abstract. The Committee may judge that a different format is more appropriate for the proposed content, e.g. a Demonstration rather than a formal Paper, and offer an alternative slot in the program.

The results of the Program Committee's review will be communicated by November 30, 2011.

The decision of the MW2012 Program Committee is final.

Written Papers

Written papers are required for all presentation types except Demonstrations and Workshops (where they may be optionally submitted).

Papers are due January 31, 2012, and must follow the Guidelines for Papers.

Meeting Registration

All paper presenters are expected to register for the full MW2012 conference and pay the appropriate fees.

Further Details?

Key dates and other FAQs on the MW2012 conference can be found in the MW Community Discussion forum.

For more information contact the MW2012 Conference Co-Chairs
Nancy Proctor and Rich Cherry, Museums and the Web LLC

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