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Entries from June 30th, 2008

The Commons on Flickr: finding the Mosman Bay Falls

June 30th, 2008 Comments Off

Whilst we are collating the data to report on the Museum’s first three months in the Commons on Flickr, I’ll share one of the best stories to come from the project for us so far – the story of finding the Mosman Bay Falls. Amongst our photographs we found two images simply titled ‘Mosman Bay […]


Camilla Cooke explains the Kevin07 digital campaign – notes from CCI ‘Creating Value Between Commons and Commerce’ conference, Brisbane, 2008

June 28th, 2008 1 Comment

Here’s the second of a set of notes scribed during the main sessions of the CCI’s conference ‘Creating Value Between Commons and Commerce‘. Camilla Cooke was the strategist behind the Kevin07 digital campaign in what she described as ‘Australia’s first digital election’. In a fantastic presentation she went through the rationale behind the digital elements […]


Henry Jenkins – notes from CCI ‘Creating Value Between Commons and Commerce’ conference, Brisbane, 2008

June 28th, 2008 Comments Off

I’ve been in Brisbane the last few days – presenting the Powerhouse Museum’s Creative Commons and public domain projects and also managed attend one day of the CCI’s conference ‘Creating Value Between Commons and Commerce‘. In amongst some truly awful examples of how not to use Powerpoint, there were some interesting presentations and papers. Here’s […]


Google Trends does basic comparative metrics

June 22nd, 2008 Comments Off

Google Trends has started to allow domain level searches. This means that you can now pull up rough traffic figures, as calculated by Google, on any top level domain (subdomains like or won’t work), and compare them to others. This moves Google Trends into territory covered by services like Compete, Quantcast (both US-centric) […]


OPAC2.0 – Examining Delta Goodrem’s dress again / more on search

June 14th, 2008 2 Comments

The most popular object in our online collection database is still a dress worn by Delta Goodrem. I’ve previously written about how the popularity of this dress was driven in part by coverage on a number of Delta Goodrem fan forums. But this neglects the criticality of search. Google has always driven traffic to this […]


SEO (search engine optimisation) basics and museums

June 14th, 2008 Comments Off

One of the most common questions asked over the past few years has been “how do I get the best out of SEO for my museum?”. This comes up in casual conversations and without fail at conferences. We are all becoming increasingly aware of the higher and higher proportion of our traffic coming via search, […]


Just how popular is that Facebook application? Artshare and Steve Art Tagger and Developer Analytics

June 13th, 2008 11 Comments

I’ve been wondering for a long time about the real popularity of Facebook apps that are targetted at specific niche user groups. Well with Developer Analytics you can find out – without needing to be the actual developer of the Facebook application in question. With the museum community starting to build useful applications like the […]


User experience is all that matters – a reminder about content, search and users

June 6th, 2008 5 Comments

Scott Karp over at Publishing 2.0 has been griping about his experience using his local newspaper website which just so happens to be the Washington Post. Driven by a desire to find out about power cuts as a result of storm, Karp was unable to quickly find what he wanted, and thus turned to other […]


Mobile augmented animals – Wellington Zoo

June 2nd, 2008 2 Comments

One of the really wild things at Museums and the Web 2007 was a demonstration booth from the National Science Museum, Japan. At the booth were a series of paper pop up dinosaurs. By themselves the dinosaur popups were impressive but once a consumer grade webcam was pointed at the paper cutouts they came to […]