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Entries from February 23rd, 2007

Michele Martin on “Organizational Barriers to Using Web 2.0 Tools”

February 23rd, 2007 14 Comments

Echoing a conversation that was in the office this morning in which Jerry Watkins, Angelina Russo, Lynda Kelly and I were having – Michele Martin writes on Organizational Barriers to Using Web 2.0 Tools (via Beth Kanter) Are these democratising tools of social media “evolutionary” or “disruptive”? It depends on who you are talking to. […]


Jenkins on ‘crud’ in participatory culture

February 22nd, 2007 4 Comments

There is an excellent recent post by Henry Jenkins titled ‘In Defense of Crud‘ in which he examines some of the recent debates around fan fiction, YouTube etc. Jenkins’ response to some of the criticisms of ‘participatory culture’ is wonderfully distilled into seven precepts which can be broadly applied. 1. We should not reduce the […]


Towards an ROI measure of museum blogging

February 18th, 2007 4 Comments

Museum blogging is taking off. Jim S and I have been talking a lot about how blogging is an efficient way of generating a buzz around your museum’s content. At the Powerhouse Museum our flagship blog is really the Sydney Observatory’s blog. It has been charting ludicrous traffic – it now represents over 60% of […]


Testing podcast transcription – Casting Words

February 17th, 2007 Comments Off on Testing podcast transcription – Casting Words

Audio transcription is an essential part of digitisation. Our curatorial researchers are recording thousands of hours of interviews with subjects onto a mix of analogue (tapes) and digital (MP3/WAV) media. These oral histories are filed away for preservation purposes but will remain almost unusable in any serious way until they are digitised – that is, […]


Brief report on Yahoo Pipes and RSS

February 14th, 2007 Comments Off on Brief report on Yahoo Pipes and RSS

Yahoo launched their Pipes application a few days ago. Traffic seems to have almost overwhelmed the site, but if you can get on to it you will find a very nice, and well featured visual tool for combining, manipulating and presenting different data sources. This effectively allows you to build your own data mashup in […]


Museums & the Web 2007 – workshops, papers, and meetups

February 14th, 2007 1 Comment

The Museums & the Web 2007 conference in San Francisco is rapidly approaching. I was notified today that one of the workshops I am involved in, Planning social media for museums has already been booked out! And one of the reasons for the slowdown in new posts recently has been the furious paper writing involved […]


Internet-connected plush toys

February 9th, 2007 1 Comment

First, Snarkmarket reports on a wonderful dialogue on Metafilter about a prototype from the late 90s – an internet connected teddy bear that would tell children stories from a central server, contributed by parents. I came up with the (again, patented, but the patent dropped) idea of an internet-connected teddy bear that contacts a web […]


“Kids, the Internet and the End of Privacy” – New York Magazine

February 7th, 2007 Comments Off on “Kids, the Internet and the End of Privacy” – New York Magazine

Nick Carr puts us on to this rather interesting and long article on the ‘younger generation’ and their interaction and identity shaping through emerging media forms. Here’s a few pithy excerpts – Younger people, one could point out, are the only ones for whom it seems to have sunk in that the idea of a […]


Pew Research on tagging

February 6th, 2007 Comments Off on Pew Research on tagging

Pew Research Center: Tagging Play is a short report looking at who tags content on sites like Flickr, YouTube, Del.Icio.Us and the others. I’d strongly recommend reading the brief report. There are some basic demographics in the report and short piece on what tagging means. A December 2006 survey by the Pew Internet & American […]


Concepts of Web2.0 presented as a video

February 4th, 2007 7 Comments

Michael Wesch from the Digital Ethnography at Kansas State University, has made a rather nice and succinct summary of Web 2.0 as a video. Rather than being technical, it gives good coverage of the nature and effect of technological change on the production and consumption of meaning, identity and text.