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Entries from October 27th, 2007

Upcoming talks and presentations (November/December)

October 27th, 2007 Comments Off

If you missed any of the recent conference presentations in Australia, the Powerhouse’s web technologies, strategy and expertise will be discussed/dissected/analysed at the following (public) events. On Saturday December 1 at Focus Fest 2007 Agent Provocateurs I will be presenting under the theme ‘Provoking a shift in the dialogue: Art audiences, galleries and the web’ […]


A collection counting game for children

October 27th, 2007 Comments Off

During the recent school holidays we rolled out yet another simple game for young children over at our children’s website – Play at Powerhouse. This one is called Counting with Zoe & Cogs. Like previous games on the Play at Powerhouse site it revolves around the Museum’s two children’s mascots – Zoe, a girl representing […]


Social media, social networking – learning from libraries, the new OCLC report

October 24th, 2007 1 Comment

The OCLC has released an enormous (~300 page) new report titled Sharing, privacy and trust in our networked world. It is essential reading. Drawing data from 6 countries – USA, Canada, UK, Japan, France and Germany – the report gives detailed data on how people in the countries use the net, what they look at, […]


Learning from journalists and the media sector

October 23rd, 2007 Comments Off

Over the past while I’ve been talking a lot about museums becoming media organisations on the web. This is occurring at the same time as the differences between museums, libraries, galleries and archives blurring. Like media, museums are coming to terms with the need to encourage active participation and co-creation between our visitors (cf. readers/viewers), […]


Information organisation as a video – the latest from Michael Wesch / KSU

October 21st, 2007 Comments Off

Back in April, Michael Wesch at Kansas State University made a great video about the basic ideas behind Web 2.0. Now he has delivered another video this time looking at information organisation. It opens with a traditional ‘on paper’ view of information in the pre-digital age – library card catalogues, expert taxonomies, and scarcity – […]


Why kids are moving to Facebook, MySpace, Bebo and away from email

October 19th, 2007 13 Comments

I’ve been watching a lot of people using computers over the past few months and it struck me how many of them were using web-based email services – the more tech savvy were on Gmail, and the more casual users gravitated towards Hotmail and Yahoo Mail despite their flaws. An even smaller number used webmail […]


Brantley on digital collections and the location-awareness OPAC

October 19th, 2007 Comments Off

Peter Brantley over at O’Reilly has put together a short post on his vision of the future of collections – specifically those held by university libraries – which should have resonance with those in collecting museums.


OPAC2.0 – latest tag statistics and trends for simple comparison with Steve project

October 15th, 2007 1 Comment

Another paper from the Steve researchers has gone online and is generating interesting discussions. It elaborates on the content of an earlier summary podcast. To be presented at ICHIM07 the paper describes some of the emerging patterns in tagging behaviour in the different interface trials.


A dress up game for children

October 11th, 2007 3 Comments

We’ve rolled out another simple game for young children over at our children’s website – Play at Powerhouse. This one is called Zoe’s Dress Up Game and revolves around the Museum’s two children’s mascots – Zoe, a girl representing the local community, and Cogs, a robot that represents the Museum’s knowledge and collection. The game […]


OCLC/RLG on access and digitisation

October 11th, 2007 1 Comment

Late in August OCLC held a special event called ‘Digitization matters: breaking through the barriers, scaling up digitization of special collections‘ in Chicago. The audio of the event is now available on the OCLC site and is important listening for museums trying to come to terms with mass digitisation and the new access demands of […]