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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Overcoming Barriers to Adopting a Mobile or Tablet App

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iphone
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iTouch
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mobile phones
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collection
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downloadable
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iPad
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android
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Apps for museums are here to stay. But for many institutions, there are still questions about when and how to get started. Join us as we discuss how adopting an iPad kiosk or mobile app is easier than you may think. You'll also learn tips for creating Social Engagement, Walking Tours, Scavenger Hunts, Accessibility Features and more.

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Exhibitor Briefing - discuss your product. Confirmed Exhibitors only
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The Community as the Centrepiece of a Collection: Building a Community of Objects with the National Vending Machine

Jasper Visser and Dennis Tap, Museum of National History, The Netherlands

http://automatiek.innl.nl

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Traditionally, museum collections are often the basis of community-building activities. The National Vending Machine of the Museum of National History is attempting to reverse this relation and put the community at the heart of a collection of objects, stories and discussions. After comparing the quantitative and qualitative results of two different instalments of the project, this reversed relation has proven to be viable, as long as a number of things are taken into consideration. Most importantly: the key elements consist of a focus on the audience rather than on the collection, a link between onsite and online, immediate rewards and participatory design.

Keywords: Collection, Community, Digital Cultural Objects, Online / Onsite, Participation, Crowd-sourcing

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What If Web Archiving Were as Reliable As Pushing a Simple Button?

Chloé Martin, France Lasfargues and Leïla Medjkoune, Internet Memory Foundation, France

http://internetmemory.org

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Web content is, by nature, ephemeral: sites are constantly disappearing; others are frequently updated, involving the removal of online information. This medium continues to grow in our society: many museums and cultural heritage institutions are developing websites with a variety of content (videos, forums, blogs, online exhibitions, catalogues) creating a large media-centric Web sphere of unique value. As with any other medium before, it is becoming essential to preserve this Web sphere of cultural and historical value. From this point of view, Web archiving is becoming a key part of today's heritage conservation.

Keywords: Web archiving, Preservation, Internet, Collection, State of the Art

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Web Archiving Workshop

Art App-reciation: Fostering engagement and reflection in museums through a social mobile application

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social
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mobile
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collection
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human-computer interaction
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iphone
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iTouch
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mobile phones
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Novice museum visitors often lack the skills for interpreting and engaging with works of art on display. We have observed visitors glossing through exhibits lacking the capacity to make meaning from art viewing.

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Paper - in formal session

Explorer - Mobile Navigation and Interpretation at the American Museum of Natural History

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wayfinding
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explorer
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navigation
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application
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iphone
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iTouch
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mobile phones
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collection
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downloadable
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digital mobile museum tour
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location awareness
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This paper advocates a visitor-centric approach to designing a solution for navigation and interpretation.  The American Museum of Natural History iPhone application Explorer combines state of the art location awareness, interpretation, and social networking to deliver an enhanced visitor experience both onsite and online.  AMNH had three objectives with this project: to facilitate vi

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Paper - in formal session

Art & Artists

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art
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collection
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database
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Interface
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research
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collections online
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This paper describes how multiple strands of exploratory thinking across a large organisation were brought together in the complete overhaul of Tate’s collection online.

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Paper - in formal session
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Web Archiving Workshop

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Web archive
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preservation
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internet
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collection
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video
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Web content is, by nature, ephemeral: sites are constantly disappearing, others are frequently updated, involving the removal of online information.

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Mini-Workshop - teaches something or explores approaches
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The Community as the Centrepiece of a Collection – building a community of objects with the National Vending Machine

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community
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collection
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participation
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online / onsite
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digital cultural objects
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stories
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Most modern-day museums use their existing physical collection and the events they stage as a starting point for online activities. Communities are built around (parts of) the collection or specific offline events of a museum. Literature such as Museum and the Web papers, describes numerous case studies of successful projects.

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Paper - in formal session