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Entries from October 31st, 2008

Exploring ‘On the wallaby track’ – a video experiment with the Commons on Flickr

October 31st, 2008 5 Comments

We’ve been experimenting with a few ways of showing up some of the amazing and often hidden details in some of the Tyrrell images we are putting up into the Commons. Jean-Francois Lanzarone put this little test video together in an hour today. This one reveals the detail of ‘On the wallaby track’ that shows […]


DIY museums on Not Quite Art Series 2 (ABC TV)

October 25th, 2008 1 Comment

If you happen to live in Australia (or know someone who does), then you might be interested in the final episode of series 2 of Marcus Westbury’s Not Quite Art. This final episode is on ‘DIY museums’ and how cultural institutions are adapting to the digital environment. It screens on ABC TV on Tuesday night […]


Some QR code clarifications

October 23rd, 2008 2 Comments

I’ve had several emails, tweets and general interest in more information about our QR code experiment so here’s some more information. Firstly, it has to be said that the experiment was sub-optimal. We made mistakes – but I think that making mistakes in order to learn from them is something Australians (and museums) need to […]


Visualising Japan – Soma’s Tokyo Tuesday

October 23rd, 2008 1 Comment

I’ve been loving the data visualisations of the Japanese census done by Soma. The data source is the Statistics Bureau of Japan, and they’ve collected some very detailed behavioural data which has been made very navigable by Soma. What’s Japan up to? Let’s find out with some graphs. Let’s get specific, too. How many women […]


Commons on Flickr: an interview with Bob Meade (part two)

October 16th, 2008 Comments Off on Commons on Flickr: an interview with Bob Meade (part two)

This is the second part of our interview with Bob Meade. (Read the first part) Bob Meade has been one of our most prolific ‘friends’ on Flickr. He has done an enormous amount of tagging, added a great deal of additional research to our images, and was the man behind the discovery of the Mosman […]


Sydney Design QR code wrap up – so did anyone use it?

October 16th, 2008 4 Comments

A little while ago I blogged about an experiment we were doing with QR codes. In summary, we placed a QR code in the back of the Sydney Design 08 festival programme which gave access to a discount voucher for the festival and ensured free entry to the Museum during the event. The big question […]


On platform power: museums, authority, digital culture

October 15th, 2008 2 Comments

Nina Simon has done a great job of summing up the potential changes brought by the abundance model of digital to the museum sector. The notion of ‘museums as platforms’ is not new – even if the technologies to make them such in the digital environment are. One of the primary fears museum professionals (and […]


Sydney Observatory as ‘one of the best 15 business blogs in Australia’

October 10th, 2008 Comments Off on Sydney Observatory as ‘one of the best 15 business blogs in Australia’

The Sydney Observatory blog has been listed by Smart Company magazine as one of the ‘best 15 business blogs in Australia‘. It is great, if a little odd, to see the Observatory – a non-profit – listed in amongst blogs that are overtly commercial in orientation. I did a few calculations and worked out that […]


Itay Talgam on collaboration as ‘conducting’

October 3rd, 2008 Comments Off on Itay Talgam on collaboration as ‘conducting’

One of the most raved about and surprising sessions of the first day of Picnic08 was from Israeli conductor Itay Talgam. Here is an interview done at Picnic08 with him in which he talks about how the way a conductor works provides a useful framework for considering the future of collaborative work and creativity. Talgam […]


Support the Powerhouse Museum collection (and Fresh & New!)

October 1st, 2008 Comments Off on Support the Powerhouse Museum collection (and Fresh & New!)

Our annual Powerhouse Foundation appeal is finishing up for another year and so if you are a regular reader of Fresh & New(er) or have found the things that I write about here useful, then please consider making a donation to the Powerhouse Foundation. You can donate any amount online, or choose one of the […]