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Entries from April 30th, 2007

Lovely (visual) summary of visualisation methods

April 30th, 2007 Comments Off

Here is a wonderful summary (via rollovers) of many many different visualisation methods from Visual Literacy.


A study of museums and ‘digital accessibility’

April 24th, 2007 Comments Off

Jim Spadaccini forwarded me Wendy Constantine’s thesis project looking at digital media projects in museums that also manage to be accessible to users with different levels of disability. From the abstract – This research explores the bridging of technological resources with user-centered design for the purpose of making online cultural learning more accessible and usable […]


More on levels of participation / Forrester’s “social technographics”

April 23rd, 2007 1 Comment

In a most timely fashion for our recent discussions of ‘levels of participation’, from Forrester’s comes the ‘Social Technographics‘ report. This is a very interesting and relevant report to all the museum sector. It breaks down user-types into several categories and then maps the differing proportions of each category as represented across different social media […]


Powerhouse Museum’s official blog policy – April 2007

April 23rd, 2007 11 Comments

Many museums have been asking about blog policies. Our Executive has recently signed off on a museum-wide blog policy and so I’m happy to be able to share ours with you. The policy document is presented as a series of points to make it a little more readable, and overall the intention has been to […]


Levels of participation / community

April 19th, 2007 3 Comments

I’m still waiting for the actual Hitwise figures to be released but Red Herring reports on Bill Tancer’s presentation at the Web2.0 conference/expo. A tiny 0.16 percent of visits to Google’s top video-sharing site, YouTube, are by users seeking to upload video for others to watch, according to a study of online surfing data by […]


M&W07 – Day four: Cell phones and bookmarking

April 15th, 2007 Comments Off

Again the Walker Art have delivered some great notes to three excellent final day presentations evaluating the use of cell phone tours in galleries, and the actual use of bookmarking technologies. Read the papers from Kate Haley Goldman or understanding the inhibitors to cell phone tour use in galleries, and Nancy Proctor on the differences […]


M&W07 – Day four: Peter Samis on cross media evaluation of Matthew Barney

April 15th, 2007 Comments Off

Peter Samis from SFMOMA is one of the long time innovators in the web and interactive space. His presentation today was fantastic and an essential examination of the different impact of interpretative media types on the visit experience across those with prior knowledge/experience and those without. It was a great way to end the formal […]


“We just don’t have time” – the culture of busy-ness

April 15th, 2007 Comments Off

One of the re-occuring themes in questions I’ve been fielding throughout M&W2007 is that of problems of the organisational culture of ‘busy-ness’. This came up both in our workshop on Planning for social media as well as in other sessions on museum blogging and discussions of moving web projects out of just the web team. […]


M&W07 – Day three: Usability lab

April 14th, 2007 Comments Off

The Usability Lab sessions are fascinating dissections of museum websites. A potential user is taken out of the room whilst the website owner explains their site and suggests two popular tasks to be performed by the tester when they return to the room. Marty and Twiddle explain their rapid testing methodology behind these sessions over […]


M&W07 – Day three: Radical Trust – State of the Museum Blogosphere

April 14th, 2007 5 Comments

Jim Spadaccini and I have just finished presenting our mini-workshop surveying the museum blogosphere. The detailed results are online at Archimuse, and the slides including updated data are available here. (update – Nate at Walker Art has posted some discussion of the q&a at the end of the presentation)