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Entries from May 30th, 2008

Brooklyn joins the Commons, we hit the 500 mark

May 30th, 2008 1 Comment

The Brooklyn Museum have just joined the Commons on Flickr and some of the material they’ve released is spectacular. Amongst the highlights are some amazing lantern slides of Egypt as well as colourised photographs from the Paris Exposition in 1900. Some of the colourised images are quite surreal. Brookyln have also released some of them […]


The museum APIs are coming – some thoughts on interoperability

May 28th, 2008 6 Comments

At MW08 there was the beginnings of a push amongst the technically oriented for the development of APIs for museum data, especially collections. Driven in part by discussions and early demonstrations of semantic web applications in museums, the conceptual work of Ross Parry, and the presence of Eric Miller and Brian Sletten of Zepheria; Aaron […]


Mobile augmented heritage reality

May 28th, 2008 Comments Off on Mobile augmented heritage reality

It shouldn’t take much imagination to see the enormous potential afforded by this prototype project coming out of Germany via Japan – Enkin. Built on Google’s Android mobile platform (for which, it should be pointed out, no commercially available devices exist), Enkin looks amazing, even as a prototype. David Bearman has written recently about the […]


Conversation, the Commons, museum futures, and ‘architectures of participation’

May 27th, 2008 Comments Off on Conversation, the Commons, museum futures, and ‘architectures of participation’

This is a long and sprawling post and comes off the back of two weeks of presentations around the country and a lot of discussions about the ‘future of museums’. Perhaps find a comfortable chair and a hot beverage. Checking my RSS feeds this morning I came across this piece from the Boston Globe which […]


Beth Kanter at the Powerhouse

May 26th, 2008 1 Comment

We were very lucky to have non-profit and NGO social media trainer Beth Kanter drop by to run a whirlwind seminar for us on Friday. Beth lives social media and technology. My team’s first words with her were captured and streamed live to the web on her Nokia N95 phone via – even us […]


Social technologies and museums – the ‘groundswell’ and museums

May 24th, 2008 2 Comments

The folks at McGraw Hill/Harvard Business Press recently sent me an advance copy of Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff’s Groundswell: winning in a world transformed by social technologies for review. The book builds on Li and Bernoff’s Forrester research blog and in particular their social technographics work. Aimed at managers, executives and marketing staff, the […]


Commons on Flickr – one month later

May 6th, 2008 3 Comments

Our experiment with the Commons on Flickr continues and barring a few hours delay we have managed to keep to our promise of 50 new images a week. We’re up to 400 images now with the most recent 50 going live this morning. 158 of these have been geotagged. Some statistics: – we’ve been added […]


Rich collection-oriented curator blogging – an interview with the Australian War Memorial

May 6th, 2008 5 Comments

In the Australian cultural sector, one of the best examples of curatorial blogging is at the Australian War Memorial. In a few short years they have created a lot of blog content and blogging has provided a much more efficient way of creating engaging content for exhibitions than standalone resource-hungry web microsites.