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Entries from November 28th, 2008

Light reading – two totally different audiences: researchers and young people

November 28th, 2008 Comments Off

Two interesting pieces of reading for those of you who have to spend time on public transport. First from the Research Information Network in the UK comes a report that looks at the need of academic researchers in discovering the content of museum collections using online databases. Not surprisingly “their most important wish is that […]


Boxee – really social media

November 28th, 2008 Comments Off

One of the projects I mentioned in one of my workshops at the NZ National Digital Forum was Boxee. I was alerted to Boxee by Shannon O’Neill only a night or two ago via his RSS. Boxee is a good example of the important social side of media use and consumption. It is also a […]


Exploring ‘The Bandstand, Hyde Park’ – another video experiment with the Commons on Flickr

November 27th, 2008 Comments Off

On the back of the great feedback on the last video, Jean-Francois Lanzarone has made a whole lot of new little video explorations and here’s one that gets incredible detail out of again, a single image. The original image is available in the Commons and in our online catalogue as well. These little 90 second […]


Crossing the 1000 in the Commons

November 25th, 2008 7 Comments

A little while back we crossed the 1000 image mark for our uploads of historic images to the Commons on Flickr. We’ve just started adding a third distinct collection of images – the Phillips Collection (which joins the Tyrrell and Clyde collections). The Phillips Collection is another set of glass plate negatives taken between 1890 […]


ABC Innovation’s Sidetracks – a mobile heritage pilot featuring some Powerhouse content

November 11th, 2008 3 Comments

ABC Innovation has launched their Sydney Sidetracks project. This is a lovely experiment in developing a mobile heritage application which takes some of the archives of ABC TV and Radio and combines them with static imagery and research from the cultural heritage partners – Powerhouse Museum, State Library of NSW, National Film & Sound Archives, […]