Fresh & New(er)

discussion of issues around digital media and museums by Seb Chan

Fresh & New(er) header image 5

Entries from January 21st, 2008

The most popular online museum, user generated content and social networking

January 21st, 2008 Comments Off on The most popular online museum, user generated content and social networking

In preparing for some of my upcoming papers, presentations and workshop, I came across the Saatchi Gallery’s Stuart. Stuart is like a MySpace for artists – it even looks a little like MySpace complete with visual clutter and flashing text. Create a profile, upload some ‘art’ and connect with others. Within the sector I hear […]


Powerhouse collection records in Artshare Facebook application

January 10th, 2008 14 Comments

The ever-busy crew at the Brooklyn Museum made live a nice and simple Facebook application called Artshare late in 2007. This allows you to add selected objects from museum collections to your Facebook profile. These object images then link to your museum’s collection records, the idea being that people can effectively ‘friend’ objects in your […]


OPAC2.0 – new context features – collections, ‘parts’, and narratives

January 7th, 2008 6 Comments

As promised some of the new features of our collection database have started to go live. We have been spending a lot of time working through a range of legacy issues to do with how collection data is structured in our collection management system and how this affects the options for its more flexible use […]


Playing with the OLPC XO Laptop and the museum possibilities

January 7th, 2008 5 Comments

I ordered an OLPC laptop under the ‘Give One Get One’ programme and via a friend in the US it arrived last week. My 3 year old has been having a great time playing with the TamTam Mini application, a very simple graphical sound triggering noise maker; the Paint application; a memory match game; and […]


New York Times on their own use of collective search intelligence

January 4th, 2008 1 Comment

Here’s a short piece from the NYT Tech Blog on how the New York Times is using realtime analysis of site search to improve results. Regular readers will know that we’ve been doing this over at the Powerhouse on our OPAC for a long time. The principles are the same and the use of actual […]