Museums and the Web

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

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Archiving Flickr and Other Websites of Interest to Museums

Ryan Donahue, George Eastman House and Aaron Straup Cope, General layabout / SBHS

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Mopa Tour and New Media Briefing

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tour
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photography
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flickr
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commons
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MOPA

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Other Interaction - describe in notes
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Preserving Flickr and Other Sites of Interest to Museums

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flickr
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digital preservation
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preservation
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museums
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internet
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website
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The digital turn, whether it be in photography, motion pictures, literature or other persuits, has forever changed the ways and means by which museums collect, interpret and dessiminate objects.  Historically, museums have dealt primarily with objects that, in some way, are intuitiviely graspable from observation.

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Paper - in formal session
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Reprogramming The Museum

Luke Dearnley, Powerhouse Museum, Australia

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This paper looks at how the Powerhouse Museum's collection data API launched in 2010 quantitatively and qualitatively improves upon the access provided by the download dataset previously offered, as well as how the tracking methods were built into the API to ensure that the project is best able to adapt to the user needs of API developers. It provides details on the lessons learned and suggests best practices for API development in the cultural sector.

Keywords: Web 2.0, API, collection access, Flickr, semantic web, Creative Commons

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Reprogamming the Museum
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Rethinking Evaluation Metrics in Light of Flickr Commons

Paula Bray, and Sebastian Chan, Powerhouse Museum, Australi; Joseph Dalton, New York Public Library, USA; Dianne Dietrich, Cornell University Library, USA; Effie Kapsalis, Smithsonian Institution Archives, USA; Michelle Springer and Helena Zinkham, Library of Congress, USA

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In the past several years, cultural heritage institutions, including archives, libraries, and museums, have been placing their collections in Web spaces designed for collaboration and communication. Flickr Commons is one example of a highly visible space where cultural heritage institutions have partnered with a popular social networking site to provide greater discovery to, access of, and opportunities to interact with image collections on a large scale. It is important to understand how to measure the impact of these kinds of projects. Traditional metrics, including visit counts, tell only part of the story: much more nuanced information is often found in comments, notes, tags, and other information contributed by the user community. This paper will examine how several institutions on Flickr Commons - the Library of Congress, the Powerhouse Museum, the Smithsonian, New York Public Library, and Cornell University Library - are navigating the concept of evaluation in an emerging arena where compelling statistics are often qualitative, difficult to gather, and ever-changing.

Keywords: Flickr, metrics, evaluation, crowdsourcing, statistics, images

Professional Forum on Rethinking Evaluation Metrics

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Session
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Apr 8 2011 - 11:00am
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Congress

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Archives & Museum Informatics EIN: 77-0708617; GST / BN 887978914

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What are we measuring when we measure traffic on our Web site and how does it relate to our visibility on the Web? When we seek broad exposure on a range of social sites, and achieve it, how does it effect our data about use? Why are we measuring anyway, and what ought we be trying to learn?

Accelerating in Flight: Access to a Collection via Flickr

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flickr
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social media
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BPOC
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collaboration
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mashup
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In an effort to get more of the Balboa Park Museum’s collections online and accessible to the public, the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC) has been leading an effort to efficiently and quickly digitize the wealth of media in the Park museums collection.

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Demonstration - show your project
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Rethinking Evaluation Metrics in Light of Flickr Commons

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flickr
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digital images
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statistics
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evaluation
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outreach
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online image collections
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Flickr Commons launched in 2008 as a platform for enhancing the discoverability of cultural heritage collections and for allowing users to tag, annotate, and repurpose these materials. The Commons now boasts 46 members and tens of thousands of public domain images. The impact of the project has been monumental.

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Professional Forum - discuss an issue