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Entries from December 23rd, 2008

Implementing an internal wiki – Dan Collins on the Powerhouse’s rollout of Confluence

December 23rd, 2008 7 Comments

Wikis are the sort of knowledge management tool that you’d immediately think of as having great value to museums. However it seems that in the sector they are rarely found outside of IT departments – if at all. We’ve been looking at them at the Powerhouse for quite a few years now. We tried simple […]


Australian Dress Register

December 14th, 2008 Comments Off on Australian Dress Register

One of the side projects the team launched recently was the Australian Dress Register. The Australian Dress Register will document significant and well provenanced men’s, women’s and children’s dress in New South Wales dating up to 1945. It aims to assist museums and private collectors to recognise and research their dress collections and support better […]


Farewell George Oates

December 12th, 2008 11 Comments

Everyone here at the Powerhouse Museum was shocked today to hear that George Oates, the architect of the Commons on Flickr (and former designer behind Flickr), was laid off by Yahoo. Only last week was she presenting to our staff. George was the conceptual mind behind the Commons – her ideas, passion and drive to […]


Michael Highland – As Real As Your Life / games and experience

December 12th, 2008 Comments Off on Michael Highland – As Real As Your Life / games and experience

Amongst many interesting things over the past few days, I’ve just been listening to Gino Yu, Director of Digital Entertainment and Game Development of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, talking about experience and brain development. In his talk at the Culturemondo Roundtable here in Taipei he showed an excerpt of one of his former students, Michael […]


Library of Congress report on their participation in the Commons on Flickr

December 11th, 2008 2 Comments

Michelle Springer, Beth Dulabahn, Phil Michel, Barbara Natanson, David Reser, David Woodward, and Helena Zinkham over at the Library of Congress have (publicly) released a very in-depth report on their experiences in the Commons on Flickr over a 10 month period. Titled “For the Common Good: The Library of Congress Flickr Pilot Project” it explores […]


Better web metrics for museums – a MW09 workshop, April 2009

December 7th, 2008 Comments Off on Better web metrics for museums – a MW09 workshop, April 2009

The Museums and the Web 2009 programme is now out and registration has started. This year the action takes place in Indianapolis and many of us faraway people are looking forward to checking out the IMA. If you attended MW last year or the recent National Digital Forum in NZ, or maybe your organisation has […]


Exploring Sydney streets – a composite video experiment with the Commons

December 5th, 2008 Comments Off on Exploring Sydney streets – a composite video experiment with the Commons

As we’ve been getting a lot of feedback on these here’s another of Jean-Francois Lanzarone’s video montages composed from detail in our glass plate negatives uploaded to the Commons on Flickr. This is the first one he has finished made up of multiple source images. Again, this is a simple digital storytelling with consumer-grade video […]


Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination opens and is immediately on the web

December 3rd, 2008 3 Comments

Tonight we had the official public opening of Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination. Already images and videos of the exhibition and the launch, taken by members of the public (“the people formerly known as the audience”) are starting to appear online across the social web. Here’s photos on Flickr and no doubt tomorrow there […]


Filippo Minelli ‘Contradictions’ and the Culturemondo 4th Roundtable

December 2nd, 2008 Comments Off on Filippo Minelli ‘Contradictions’ and the Culturemondo 4th Roundtable

I’m about to head off to another Culturemondo Roundtable and the Wooster Collective posts a timely set of street art from Italian artist Filippo Minelli. “Facebook”, spray paint on scrap-yard, Bamako – Mali, 2008 Minelli’s Contradictions series, as a short interview on Wooster explains, illuminates the techno-social environment where – “users are pushed to live […]