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Entries from July 31st, 2007

Word association and tagging games

July 31st, 2007 1 Comment

Human Brain Cloud is a pretty amusing timewaster with a great visualisation interface, and lots of (untapped) potential for tagging applications. HBC asks everyone online to ‘free associate’ with particular words which then have relationships built between them. Much like what we at the Powerhouse do when we data-mine search terms, HBC is building an […]


Upcoming presentations and workshops – Melbourne, Gold Coast, Sydney

July 26th, 2007 1 Comment

During September I will be doing several conference presentations and a workshop that may be of interest to Fresh + New readers around Australia. The Melbourne and Gold Coast presentations are aimed squarely at the museum and cultural sector, whilst my Sydney presentation is at Web Directions South, an excellent web event that draws much […]


Demand-side analytics, relative brand awareness, problematic user behaviour

July 23rd, 2007 1 Comment

Continuing the theme of web analytics, last week I took a look at the top 5000 search terms (the head of a long tail containing over 4 million terms) searched for by Australian internet users in a 4 week period through a paid analytics service. This data is generally gathered from ISP logs and is […]


Keen and Weinberger on Web2.0

July 20th, 2007 1 Comment

The Wall St Journal has published the full text of a debate between Andrew Keen (Cult of the Amateur) and David Weinberger. It is well worth reading. Keen’s argument that a more accessible, user-driven web is effectively undermining our institutions, values and culture comes up against Weinberger’s defense of the Web. Keen: The issue of […]


Ideum’s RSS Mixer and Widget-maker

July 20th, 2007 Comments Off on Ideum’s RSS Mixer and Widget-maker

The seemingly unstoppable Ideum has come up with another cool utility. Hot on the heels of their website snapshot tool comes RSS Mixer. As the name suggests, RSS Mixer takes a bunch of feeds (10 max) and combines them into a single feed which can be displayed as HTML and, best of all for us […]


Open Library demo launches

July 19th, 2007 Comments Off on Open Library demo launches

Internet Archive/Open Content Allinace has launched a public demo of its forthcoming Open Library project. Having heard Brewster Kahle speak about the OCA at Museums and the Web 2007, it is fantastic to be finally able to get some hands-on time with the work he was talking about. Open Library is a very exciting project […]


Web analytics – what are you using them for?

July 18th, 2007 7 Comments

Over the past few months I have been becoming more and more concerned about the use of web analytics in the museum sector. I’ve also been seriously re-considering the Powerhouse’s current anayltics tools. Web analytics should be used to improve the ROI of online services; improve customer/user experiences; and drive traffic to the key areas […]


OPAC2.0 – Go bulk taggers!

July 18th, 2007 Comments Off on OPAC2.0 – Go bulk taggers!

Thank you to everyone who has been tagging the collection with our bulk tagging mini-application. Since announcing it 2 weeks ago we’ve had 515 new tags added to previously untagged objects. That’s a lot. If you are one of the many who have added some tags – thank you. If you haven’t tried it yet, […]


Great Wall museum bloggers reach their goal!

July 11th, 2007 Comments Off on Great Wall museum bloggers reach their goal!

One of our most successful, and earliest public facing blog experiments, Walking The Wall is almost over. Even though the Great Wall of China exhibition moved on from PHM a while ago, our intrepid Great Wall walkers continued their trek, blogging as they went. 146 post and 630 comments later, they have finally finished their […]


New Powerhouse front page

July 11th, 2007 4 Comments

Another long awaited change to our website has rolled out – a slightly updated front page and navigational redesign. Obviously we are not in a position for a wholesale site redesign – something that is probably becoming a luxury these days – not just in terms of money but also in terms of user familiarisation. […]