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Entries from March 31st, 2007

Museum blogs survey results online / San Francisco blogger meet-up

March 31st, 2007 Comments Off on Museum blogs survey results online / San Francisco blogger meet-up

Museums & The Web has published the survey conducted by Jim Spadaccini and myself earlier this year titled Radical Trust: the State of the Museum blogosphere. As 2006 began, there were less than thirty known museum blogs; since then, that number has more than doubled. Today there are well over 100 blogs exploring museum issues, […]


Does your audience want Web 2.0? Lessons from SFMOMA

March 28th, 2007 5 Comments

When ploughing through the M&W2007 papers (more are still going up), pay particular attention to Do You Know Who Your Users Are? The Role Of Research In Redesigning by Dana Mitroff and Katrina Alcorn from SFMOMA looking at the evaluation and redesign process behind their forthcoming new SFMOMA website. Of particular pertinence to discussions […]


Weekly digital media production tips

March 26th, 2007 Comments Off on Weekly digital media production tips

Over at the site promoting the Powerhouse Museum’s digital media learning labs (SoundHouse VectorLab) we’ve started a weekly ‘tip of the week’ series written by the Vector Lab boss Mike Jones. The ‘tip of the week‘ series covers everything from simple Photoshop tasks to how-to do tricky video editing tricks with Premiere and Vegas. And, […]


Museums & the Web 2007 papers online / Fantoni on museum ‘bookmarking’

March 26th, 2007 Comments Off on Museums & the Web 2007 papers online / Fantoni on museum ‘bookmarking’

The first batch of papers for Museums & the Web have gone online. Picking the first one to read at random, I chose Silvia Fillipini Fantoni’s paper on “Bookmarking in museums”. I am interested in this area as we developed a prototype mobile phone object bookmarking application just over two years ago but never rolled […]


What museums might learn from how news organisations are trying to engage communities

March 26th, 2007 1 Comment

This week’s essential reading comes in the form of the Center for Citizen Media’s report titled Frontiers of Innovation in Community Engagement: News Organizations Forge New Relationships with Communities. The report is written for those who are yet to become interested in the new opportunities afforded by Web 2.0 and contains plenty of global case […]


Gordon Luk on avatars in games and social media sites / stickiness and museums

March 22nd, 2007 2 Comments

Gordon Luk has, post-SXsW posted some well illustrated examples of avatars and the types of available customisation that can be done in various MMORPGs and social media sites. Luk is looking at the differences between ‘explicitly controlled’ and ‘implicitly controlled’ customisations. The former being those that are created by the user/player (initial picture, autobiography) and […]


Demspey on ‘getting with the flow’, Morville on ‘findability’

March 22nd, 2007 Comments Off on Demspey on ‘getting with the flow’, Morville on ‘findability’

OCLC’s Lorcan Dempsey’s idea of libraries “getting with the flow” (from 2005) is something that has resonated well beyond the library world. The importance of flow underlines recurrent themes: – the library needs to be in the user environment and not expect the user to find their way to the library environment – integration of […]


OPAC2.0 – popular collection categories

March 22nd, 2007 1 Comment

In preparation for my presentation at Museums & the Web we have been busy generating a new set of user statistics from our collection database. (Which is also why the frequency of new posts has dropped!) Objects in the collection, when ‘fully catalogued’ are assigned an object category and an object name from the Powerhouse […]


SxSW podcasts

March 20th, 2007 Comments Off on SxSW podcasts

The SxSW podcasts have started going up and for those who couldn’t be there because they are on the other side of the world then the podcasts offer a great way of listening to, but not participating in, the major panels and sessions from the festival. I started with the Bruce Sterling keynote, mainly because […]