Fresh & New(er)

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Entries from September 24th, 2007

Comparing a site across browsers

September 24th, 2007 5 Comments

One of the biggest problems when designing and developing a new website or rolling out a new look and feel is cross-browser compatibility. Usually the solution has been to have a series of machines, real or virtual, with different versions of the various different browsers out there installed, and then go through each one laboriously. […]


Subscription museum content? Some implications of the NYT announcement for museums

September 22nd, 2007 2 Comments

The New York Times announced last week that it was stopping charging for archival and subscription content on its website. As its self-report explains, the NYT has realised that selling and managing subscription service to archival content now is not going to be as profitable as selling advertising on this content and making access to […]


Who participates? The many and the few

September 18th, 2007 Comments Off on Who participates? The many and the few

Who is really participating on so-called ‘social media’ websites? Research at both the academic and the market research level continues to probe this question. Firstly, there is a fascinating paper titled ‘Power of the Few vs. Wisdom of the Crowd: Wikipedia and the Rise of the Bourgeoisie ‘ by Kittur, Chi, Pendlteon, Suh and Mytkowicz […]


Brief notes on the vernacular web, class and design

September 11th, 2007 Comments Off on Brief notes on the vernacular web, class and design

A few days I was on Facebook and saw an advertisement to add ‘glitter’ to my profile. And then I came across Russian net artist/curator Olia Lialina’s highly entertaining essay called Vernacular Web 2 (which comes complete with an ‘almost spam’ URL). Lialina’s exploration of the new forms of ‘vernacular’ design explores the transition from […]


C is for collection – an ABC book with collection objects

September 10th, 2007 Comments Off on C is for collection – an ABC book with collection objects

Two weeks ago we made a simple ABC book for young children available on our children’s website. It is called ‘C is for collection‘ and is a very basic extension of our online collection built in Flash with an XML file supplying the necessary collection data allowing for easy expansion. A longer term objective of […]

Tags: update as a podcast

September 10th, 2007 2 Comments

I’ve just finished a presentation to art museum folk at the Sites of Communication 3 conference at the National Gallery of Victoria, and true to form there was quite a bit of interest in social tagging. There seems to now be widespread awareness of the problem of the ‘semantic gap’ between the language of art […]