Fresh & New(er)

discussion of issues around digital media and museums by Seb Chan

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Entries from July 29th, 2008

Our first QR code experiment goes live

July 29th, 2008 12 Comments

The Powerhouse Museum has gone live with its first public experiment with QR codes. QR codes are really glorified barcodes with the capacity to hold far more information than a standard barcode. Because of the prevalence of mobile phone cameras and the desire of telcos to drive data usage on mobiles, QR codes are getting […]


Re-ingesting Flickr tags from the Commons back into our collection OPAC

July 25th, 2008 5 Comments

Today we completed the circle. We have started presenting the tags that Flickr users have left on our images in the Commons on Flickr in their associated collection records in our online collection database. What this means is that the large number of tags added to our photographic collection in Flickr now are available in […]


Commons on Flickr – a report, some concepts and a FAQ – the first 3 months from the Powerhouse Museum

July 21st, 2008 9 Comments

The first three months of having images from the Tyrrell Photographic Collection in the Commons on Flickr have been very interesting. We launched on April 8 with 200 images and have been adding more each week since. At the 12 week mark we had 600 photos uploaded, mostly location photography with just under 50% geocoded. […]


Some new technologies talked about at the Inaugural Meeting – July 2008

July 10th, 2008 3 Comments

It has been an interesting day down in Melbourne brainstorming many of the technologies that might impact on the higher education sector in the next 5 years. This brainstorming is forming the basis of the upcoming Horizon.Au Report – a version of the Horizon Report tailored specifically for the Australian and New Zealand community. The […]


Video archives in YouTube? – National Library of Scotland

July 2nd, 2008 3 Comments

Lorcan Dempsey pointed to this rather excellent presentation titled ‘There’s No Place Like Home?’ from Ann Cameron at the National Library of Scotland. In it she describes way that the NLS has been uploading archival video materials to YouTube and highlights some of the issues around Copyright, and metadata that have emerged from the project. […]