Fresh & New(er)

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Entries from May 29th, 2007

Our collection database gets 16th place in the top Australian Web 2.0 applications

May 29th, 2007 2 Comments

How very exciting! Our collection database comes in 16th place in Ross Dawson’s (Future Exploration Network) round up of the top 60 Web 2.0 applications developed in Australia over on Read/Write Web. Apparently we’re up amongst some of the real heavyweights and it is nice to be noticed outside of the cultural sector. The sites […]


Learning to program your own social media

May 28th, 2007 1 Comment

Using social media is exciting but what about learning how to program your very own web applications? How about those 10 year olds who read about using IM (instant messaging) and rejecting email as bring for ‘oldies’? Could it be possible for those same 10 year olds to be writing their very own instant messaging […]


Stop spam and help correct OCR errors – at the same time!

May 26th, 2007 Comments Off

reCaptcha is a nifty project that uses the now familiar ‘Captcha’ web form spam prevention technique to help fix OCR problems in global digitisation projects. Currently this great example of socially responsible crowdsourcing is helping fix digitisation errors and inconsistencies in books scanned for the Internet Archive – books that will be reproduced in the […]


Demos report on Culture Online UK

May 25th, 2007 Comments Off

Yesterday Demos UK released their report Logging On: Culture, participation and the web. It is available as a free download or can be purchased in a printed form. In the brief history of the internet, the cultural sector has followed two related paths: on the one hand, the digitisation of content and provision of information […]


Ubiquitous system ethics

May 24th, 2007 1 Comment

Coming hot on the heels of all this talk of tracking user behaviour, Adam Greenfield proposes five ethical guidelines for ubiqitous systems in a recent keynote: (1) all ubiquitous systems should default to harmlessness. (2) ubiquitous systems should be self-disclosing (e.g. be clearly perceptible, “seamlesness” must be an optional mode of operation). proposal of 5 […]


Real world rights in Second Life

May 24th, 2007 Comments Off

Simon Canning in the Australian writes Uluru row rocks Telstra in which the issues of real world rights and their interaction with representations of landmarks in Second Life is discussed. Legislation has been in place to limit photography, filming and commercial painting at Uluru for 20 years, with tight restrictions on what is and is […]


The Real Costs carbon emission calculator Firefox plugin

May 22nd, 2007 Comments Off

There is an emerging world of browser-based technologies that are extending functionality in hitherto unforeseen and exciting ways. A good example of this is Real Costs for Firefox. Like most of these sorts of plugins on Firefox it uses Greasemonkey. Real Costs adds a lovely visual display of carbon emissions data to your view when […]


Feedburner does a round up of museum RSS feeds!

May 18th, 2007 Comments Off

A few months ago Feedburner got in touch with me about museum bloggers. Now they’ve done a nice little write up/round up of museum blogs and podcasters who are using their service for tracking and managing RSS feeds. We get a mention, as does our Design Hub project! Looks like all of us will be […]


So many image gallery options – 30 scripts from Smashing Magazine

May 18th, 2007 Comments Off

Smashing Magazine’s 30 Scripts For Galleries, Slideshows and Lightboxes is, like most of their ’round ups’ an impressive selection of image display scripts. If you’ve been trawling the net yourself trying to find the right set of gallery scripts for a project then drop by Smashing. I’d highly recommend subscribing to their RSS feed as […]


Watching users interact with your site – Robot Replay

May 17th, 2007 3 Comments

There are so many new ‘analytics’ tools springing up. A while back I wrote about Clickdensity who also recently presented at Museums & the Web. Clickdensity’s heat mapping has been an excellent tool for us to better understand how real world users have been using elements of our navigation and screen design. Clickdensity’s visualisation of […]