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Entries from April 29th, 2008

Powerhouse wins Gold at AAM 2008 Muse Awards

April 29th, 2008 6 Comments

We’re very excited that we’ve won the gold award in the 2008 AAM Muse Awards in the category of ‘Online Presence’ for our collection database. It is particularly exciting because for the Powerhouse the collection represents our core reason for being. The collection is not only what differentiates us from other institutions, but also what […]


MW2008 – Data shanty towns, cross-search and combinatory approaches

April 19th, 2008 1 Comment

One of the popular sessions at MW2008 in Montreal was a double header featuring Frankie Roberto and myself talking about different approaches to data combining across multiple institutions. Data combining was a bit of a theme this year with Mike Ellis, Brian Kelly and others talking mashups; Ross Parry, Eric Miller and Brian Sletten all […]


50 new images on the Commons on Flickr

April 16th, 2008 2 Comments

As promised we’ve just added another 50 historical images from our Tyrrell Collection to the Commons on Flickr. In the first week we had nearly 20,000 views and an enormous amount of tagging and ‘favouriting’ activity combined with many congratulatory messages and support for the Museum’s release of these images into the Commons. The new […]


Updating your social media and staff blog policies

April 14th, 2008 Comments Off on Updating your social media and staff blog policies

At Musuems and the Web 2008 in the Planning Social Media workshop I briefly talked about the need for organisations to engage with, rather than ignore, the reality that their staff are using social media – even if not in their professional lives, and that this can cause occasional issues. One year ago we launched […]


Opensearch – it isn’t all that hard

April 11th, 2008 11 Comments

Finally I’ve started to see more museums picking up the absurdly easy to implement Opensearch method of delivering a live search result from their website as RSS/XML. The National Maritime Museum in the UK is one who has recently made their implementation of Opensearch available. Here’s a feed of a search of their collection for […]


Powerhouse Museum joins the Commons on Flickr – the what, why and how

April 8th, 2008 7 Comments

Yes, you read that right. The Powerhouse Museum is the first museum to join the Commons on Flickr! And we’re excited because it went live today! In the tradition of ‘slow food’ we have decided to do a slow release of content with an initial 200 historic images of Sydney and surrounds available through the […]


OPAC2.0 – New search result interface

April 3rd, 2008 Comments Off on OPAC2.0 – New search result interface

Today we launched our new-look search results page for our collection database. Finally we have been able to implement many of the minor UI changes that have been sitting in a long list of ‘fixes’ – fixes that have become more and more critical as we have added new types of search. When a search […]


David Bearman on the “the inside out museum” / geo-tagging and location-aware museum data- NDAP2008, Taipei

April 2nd, 2008 1 Comment

I’ve recently been in Taiwan visiting the National Digital Archives Project where they were holding a conference to examine ways forward for international collaboration with Taiwan’s incredibly rich array of digitised resources. The sheer volume of digitisation work that the Taiwanese have been doing is quite incredible. Through many of the presentations there was an […]


OPAC2.0 – Top search phrases and statistics for 2007

April 2nd, 2008 Comments Off on OPAC2.0 – Top search phrases and statistics for 2007

Here’s some of the latest figures from our collection database for the calendar year 2007. Because our search tables run on a rolling 3 month basis we have had to wait until April to generate the results for 2007. In 2007 there were 15,121,291 objects viewed in our collection database (including views on dHub and […]