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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.

Your Photo Here: An Online Contest Solution


For several years, the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) has experimented with using contests to interact with visitors, encourage creativity, and expand awareness about special exhibitions and collections.These contests were typically done with private judging because there were not any easy, inexpensive means of launching online contests with public voting.

Recognizing the potential for reaching even larger audiences through contests with public voting, MOPA joined with the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC) to develop an open source online contest solution with funding from the IMLS Sparks! competition.  Developed as a Drupal module and as a packaged product for non-Drupal sites, the software enables user submission of photos, videos, and/or narratives; procedures for approving and publishing content; and voting restriction tools.

During the demonstration session, BPOC staff will review the technical aspects of setting up and managing an online contest using the new software. MOPA staff will discuss ways the museum has incorporated online contests into broader education and marketing initiatives to increase visitors (both online and at the museum), integrate non-expert viewpoints into exhibitions, and improve its understanding of visitor interests.


Demonstration - show your project


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Maren Dougherty is Senior Editor at the Balboa Park Online Collaborative. She manages, Balboa Park mobile apps, and online communications projects such as photo contests and collaborative Google AdWords campaigns. She blogs about Balboa Park events and exhibitions for
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Bill Bostick is the Director of Web Development for the Balboa Park Online Collaborative in San Diego. Bill has an extensive background in enterprise software development, and is an active member of the San Diego Drupal community.
Vivian Kung Haga's picture
Vivian Kung Haga, Deputy Director at the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, has experience in cultural institutions as an administrator, curator, and educator. Before joining the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, she was at the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego for over nine years, first as...
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Biography pending.