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Entries from February 28th, 2009

We are (partially) mobile – Powerhouse on your phone

February 28th, 2009 4 Comments

Today we went live with a mobile version of the Powerhouse Museum site. Open up on your phone browser and you’ll see a stripped back version of the site with the bare necessities and a slimmed down architecture. It is a still a work in progress – we’ve been greatly impressed with how SFMOMA […]


Twitter and upcoming presentations and workshops

February 24th, 2009 3 Comments

As many of you know I’ve got a large number of workshops and presentations coming up. Next week I’m speaking at the State Library of NSW’s Perceptions and Connections conference then later in the week running two workshops on metrics and giving a presentation at the Transformations in Cultural and Scientific Communication conference in Melbourne. […]


Mapping your social network

February 24th, 2009 Comments Off on Mapping your social network

What you see above is a map of my Facebook friends and their interconnections. The core mesh shows the tight interlinking of my social friends who I went to university with or are involved in some way in musical pursuits. The smaller, less dense cluster to the right are my ‘museum tech’ acquaintances – drawn […]


Sydney Observatory and astrometry bots

February 22nd, 2009 1 Comment

Over at the Sydney Observatory blog you can read about our astronomy curator’s experiments with the ‘astrotagging bot’ behind the Astrometry project and group on Flickr. Today 20 February 2009 (Sydney time) the above image and five others were posted on the image sharing website Flickr here. Within a few minutes found the image […]


The Powerhouse Museum library now blogs

February 22nd, 2009 1 Comment

Another thing I’ve neglected to mention is that our Research Library now has a blog. They are the fourth internal unit to blog publicly about their day to day work (joining our Image Services and Photography team, Conservation team, and of course the Digital group – which you are reading now). The Library is home […]


Attempts at quantifying social behaviour in the Commons

February 22nd, 2009 Comments Off on Attempts at quantifying social behaviour in the Commons

Over at the fantastic Indicommons blog there has been a flurry of activity around generating data from the various collections in the Commons on Flickr. Patrick Peccatte initially posted on his blog a set of figures extracted using the Flickr API across the institutions in the Commons. Patrick has reworked these figures a little and […]


Engaging audiences with exhibitions in early development – Signs and the 1980s

February 13th, 2009 2 Comments

Much like other museums we’ve started in earnest committing to engaging collaborators in exhibitions from the earliest stages possible. Our next two big(-ish) exhibitions are using different methods to collate, curate, and select content and ideas. Our upcoming exhibition on Signs which will open around the time of Sydney Design 09 in August has just […]