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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Semantic Web and Museum Data Workshop

We would like to invite you to the upcoming Semantic Web and CIDOC CRM Workshop on October 25, 2009 in Washington DC

For further details please see:

Best of the Web 2010: Nomination Process

Best of the Web Nomination Form

Each year, a committee of peers recognises the best museum work on the web.

Here's how the Best of the Web 2010 is going to work.

Better late than never (or so they say): my mw09 report

Shortly after m MW Conference, back from Indianapolis, I wrote a report for my director, museum staff and other museums’ colleagues. It was even published on the Direction of Heritage of the Generalitat (Catalan Government) website, in Catalan. I thought I could have it translated into English as well, to share it with you. And so I did. And then, in the turmoil of everyday overload of work, I forgot about it. Oops. Putting papers and files in order before leaving for holidays, I realize now I never sent it. So, here you are.

What you thought of MW2009. Evaluation Data Analysis

Thanks so much for your evaluations of MW2009 – if you haven’t completed one, you still can online at Our preliminary analysis of these is proving immensely useful as always, but we’re always happy to hear more (so respond online even if you filled one out at the meeting but have had additional thoughts since).

You don't always agree ...

How does the conference work: People come

Of course the way the conference really works is that people attend and participate. We would like to think that the meeting is designed so that everyone who comes participates; if we count the unconferences, BOF's, blogs and tweats, everyone who wants to certainly does! We suppose, however, that some attendees were lurking, happily, and that's fine too.

MW2009 Eval – page 2

6. General Comments

My favorite sessions were unstructured, unled,
brainstorming, and open, but with a topic and time limit. Unconference/Birds of
a Feather-like.

MediaModes 09 - Call for Proposals for Graduate Student Conference at School of Visual Arts - due June 15th

Call for Proposals
MediaModes Graduate Student Conference
at the School of Visual Arts, New York City
Proposals due June 15, 2009 to

MediaModes is an interdisciplinary graduate student conference,
which provides a critical forum to present current scholarship and
academic research projects at the intersection of media, art, and

How does the conference work: Everything else

Having previously reviewed the venue, staff, food and publications related efforts and costs, in this last blog posting about the conference I’ll discuss a number of miscellaneous issues including the pre-conference events and exhibits that are important components of the overall program. Finally, I'll pose a question we've been noodling, about whether it makes sense to have a "membership" in Museums and the Web.

22nd International Sculpture Conference: CALL FOR PAPERS

22nd International Sculpture Conference: CALL FOR PAPERS

London, UK – April 2010

How does the conference work: Publication

We invest a huge effort in getting the Museums and the Web conferences documented. As those who have proposed presentations for MW know, everything goes through extensive peer review. Once accepted, we require all our speakers to provide full papers and then we copy edit those papers and put them on-line, on CD-ROM and in print. After the meeting, we follow up by putting slides of talks on-line and providing transcripts or video of some events. The entire process, end-to-end requires a lot of attention and costs a great deal. We think it is worth it and hope you agree.

How does the conference work: Food

The conference, like any army, marches on its belly. This year we each ate or drank $177.57 of our registration fees. That included 625 bottles of water at $4.66 each and over 2400 cups of coffee, decaf and tea from hotel urns at $4.32 each (yes, the hotel over-charges for everything). One reason we give out 'free' tickets for Starbucks espresso drinks, is that this is cheaper for us than the hotel coffee.

Eval - Page 1

Eval - Page 1

1. I first heard about M&W from a colleague, well ... my boss.
2. I received permission after asking to go for the last three years
I have visited the website several times, where I obtained forms,
followed discussions, and read program descriptions and logistical info.
4. I didn't participate in online activities during MW2009 because I was too busy, but I will now -- twitter, flickr, archimuse.
I read the twitter fall when it was projected and a few sessions

How does the conference work: Staff

We take advantage of the clauses that we negotiate to permit us to bring in outside contractors. After all, as you have no doubt noticed, we have no staff. Jennifer and I do the conference year-round, though primarily during the six months leading up to the meeting when we estimate we spend about 50% time on it (eg. 2 people 50% x 6mo = 1 FTE very unevenly distributed and with lots of long days).

Unconference discussion notes: Small museum staff, big ideas

Our session was a lively discussion of the challenges faced my museums with small staffs and even smaller budgets:

Making Museums Like Nature

In Nina Simon’s session Going Analogue we worked in groups to imagine how a museum might be transformed into something else. What something else? Well, that was up to us. Finding the answer involved completing the question: Make museums like [your idea here]. We then brainstormed concrete suggestions for how we would transform the museum into this new type of thing. Other groups filled that blank in the sentence above with a church potluck, bank, credit card, wiki and even fantasy baseball. Our group chose Nature. What did we mean by Nature?