Fresh & New(er)

discussion of issues around digital media and museums by Seb Chan

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Entries from November 29th, 2007

NLA Social Media & Cultural Communication conference – Sydney, Feb 28/29, 2008

November 29th, 2007 Comments Off on NLA Social Media & Cultural Communication conference – Sydney, Feb 28/29, 2008

Registrations have opened for the Social Media and Cultural Communication conference to be held in Sydney in February 2008. This conference is one of the outcomes of the Australian Research Council research project New Literacy, New Audiences which concludes shortly. The conference brings together a range of great museum industry speakers from around Australia as […]


Powerhouse Photo of the Day – a new museum blog

November 27th, 2007 1 Comment

I’m excited to announce a new Powerhouse Museum blog – our Photo of the Day blog. This blog is aimed at exposing some of the amazing photographic work that occurs at the Museum. Our Image Services team doesn’t just do object photography, scanning and image sales – they have a fantastically talented group of professional […]


Better museum blog metrics – is your blog really working for you and your organisation?

November 19th, 2007 1 Comment

Musuem blogs, even when they are one-directional (and have comments turned off), need to be measured differently. Jim Spadaccini and I wrote about this earlier in the year, but now with many many more museums blogging it is time for an update. At the Powerhouse we’ve seen phenomenal growth in our blogs. This very blog, […]


Ubiquitous connectivity and the ambient Internet . . . . in the kitchen

November 13th, 2007 4 Comments

We’ve probably all heard of the Internet Refrigerator, but I’ve never really understood why you’d bother with one. Last week my Chumby arrived (via a friend in San Francisco) and it is sitting in the kitchen alongside the tea. Although the Chumby is not the most versatile of devices, what I like about it is […]


Anthony Grafton on digitisation in the New Yorker

November 3rd, 2007 Comments Off on Anthony Grafton on digitisation in the New Yorker

Over in the New Yorker is an excellent article on digitisation, the various book scanning projects, and a historical look at the urge to record and catalogue everything written by historian Anthony Grafton. Here are some pull quotes of specific note –


OpenSocial, social networking and museums

November 3rd, 2007 Comments Off on OpenSocial, social networking and museums

Google’s OpenSocial has finally gone live. What it provides for the museum sector is a much easier way to seed content to social networks, where apparently our younger online audiences, like to spend a lot of their time. OpenSocial, as opposed to a Facebook application, promises to work across multiple social networking services – meaning […]