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Entries from January 30th, 2007

Kathy Sierra on serendipity

January 30th, 2007 Comments Off on Kathy Sierra on serendipity

I’ve just spent the last while finishing off my papers for Museums & The Web 2007. One of them on the OPAC2.0 collection database talks alot about the idea of ‘serendiptity’ and its importance in creating new ways for users to not only navigate but to find and create meaning in a database. Kathy Sierra […]


World visualisation – Worldmapper

January 26th, 2007 Comments Off on World visualisation – Worldmapper

Some interesting global statistical visualisations on Worldmapper.


CBBC World – a children’s ‘second life’?

January 24th, 2007 7 Comments

This project by the Childrens’ arm of the BBC sound interesting especially in light of all the talk around Second Life and museums. CBBC, the channel for 7-12 year olds, said it would allow digitally literate children the access to characters and resources they had come to expect. Users would be able to build an […]


Many Eyes – another online data visualisation tool

January 24th, 2007 3 Comments

Many Eyes is another online data visualisation tool. Created by the people behind the Baby Name Voyager and other nifty visualisation tools, Many Eyes looks pretty amazing. It uses Java rather than Flash for the visualisations. Unlike Swivel, who modified their T&C to offer a Creative Commons model the T&C for Many Eyes, being an […]


Children’s participation in cultural activities in Australia

January 24th, 2007 Comments Off on Children’s participation in cultural activities in Australia

In December the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the results of the survey into children’s participation in cultural and leisure activities. Museums and art galleries There were 995,200 children who visited a museum or art gallery during the 12 month period. The rate of attendance at museums or art galleries was similar for boys and […]


Dragon & the Pearl on YouTube

January 18th, 2007 Comments Off on Dragon & the Pearl on YouTube

We’ve put some ‘ultrasound footage’ of our resident baby dragon, from before it hatched from its mysterious egg, up on YouTube and linked from the dragon blog. In putting it on YouTube we’ve tagged it in a way that we hope will attract those interested in UFO footage and the like, exposing our museum programme […]


Latest Pew report – teens and social networking usage

January 11th, 2007 3 Comments

It has taken a few days for the figures from the latest Pew internet report to spread across the blogosphere. This report, Social Networking Websites & Teens, begins to problematise some of the ‘trends’ that have been generally ‘accepted’, and reveals some of the uneven use of these services by different genders and age groups. […]


Ellen Lupton on Free Font Manifesto

January 10th, 2007 Comments Off on Ellen Lupton on Free Font Manifesto

Our very own Design Hub interviews Ellen Lupton. What inspired you to initiate the free font manifesto? Were you surprised by the response you received to the concept of free fonts? Given my interest in ‘open’ design, I wanted to find out if there was an open-source movement in the typeface design community, which is […]


Using Keynote for digital signage in galleries

January 4th, 2007 1 Comment

The Digital Signage Project is a nifty hack of Apple’s Powerpoint-killer Keynote to use it for kiosk-style signage. Using Keynote for the presentation layer means visitors would get the benefit of superior text rendering and presentation styles to other signage applications.


The future of social networking? What of Second Life?

January 3rd, 2007 1 Comment

The arrival of a new year always brings all sorts of fascinating predictions. Two commentators on social networking sites who I always have a lot of time for are boyd and Stutzman. Between them they have revealed much about how young people use online social networking services and how young people interact with each other. […]