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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What’s On TAP? – Strategies for keeping pace with rapid changes in mobile technology

Charles Moad and Rob Stein, Indianapolis Museum of Art, United States


In 2011, the New York Times published an article that reinforces what many museums are feeling as they scramble to keep pace with changes in technology. Entitled, “Software Progress Beats Moore’s Law”, the article cites a White House advisory report detailing the changes in hardware and software innovation in the past 15 years. The report notes that while the rate of change in hardware innovation is staggering, changes in software have vastly outpace even those impressive numbers.

Navigating the bumpy road: a tactical approach to delivering the digital strategy

project management
strategic planning
organisational change

This paper will discuss the importance and impact of developing, delivering and sustaining a digital strategy within a cultural organisation.

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TourML: An Emerging Specification for Museum Mobile Experiences

Robert Stein, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Nancy Proctor, Smithsonian Institution, USA


In addition to launching a successful tour, how can museum professionals ensure that the content we create will outlive the technology and vendors we select today? A successful metadata standard for mobile tours would provide a number of advantages for museums. A mobile standard would allow museums to migrate the content and structure of a tour among the variety of tools available today and tools that may be available in the future. Similarly, a mobile standard would allow the same tour to be used on a number of current and future mobile devices. In addition, museums could choose authoring tools which best fit their staff and workflow needs while still deploying to whatever mobile device is best for their content – even if these tools are provided by different vendors. Perhaps most important, a successful mobile standard would ensure that museum content outlives any particular technology we use today.

Keywords: mobile content, content strategy, sustainability, specifications, content management systems, schemas

The Generative Web

Bearman, D., & Trant J. (2006).  The Generative Web. Museums and the Web 2006.