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Entries from April 27th, 2009

MW2009 Clouds, Switches, APIs, Geolocation and Galleries – a shoddy summary

April 27th, 2009 1 Comment

(Disclaimer – this is a rushed post cobbled together from equally rushed notes!) Like most years, this year’s Museums and the Web (MW2009) was all about the people. Catching up with people, putting faces to names, and having heated discussions in a revolving restaurant atop the conference venue in Indianapolis. The value of face to […]


Another OPAC discovery – the Gambey dip circle (or the value of minimal tombstone data)

April 27th, 2009 1 Comment

New discoveries as a result of putting our incomplete collection database online are pretty common place – almost every week we are advised of corrections – but here’s another lovely story of an object whose provenance has been significantly enhanced by a member of the public. … If your organisation is still having doubts about the value of making available un-edited, un-verified, ageing tombstone data then it is worth showing examples like these.


MW2009 – Multi-touch: what does this technology hold for future musuem exhibits?

April 16th, 2009 3 Comments

Hi I’m Paula Bray and I usually blog over at Photo of the Day. Today, whilst Seb was slaving away giving two workshops in a row at Museums and the Web 2009 I spent the day with Jim Spadaccini and Paul Lacey in a great, full-day workshop called ‘Make It Multi-touch’ that showcased the custom […]


Intgerating Twitter tweets into blog comments

April 12th, 2009 3 Comments

Backtype has just released the very first 0.1 version of a WordPress plugin that integrates tweets and retweets as well as comments on other blogs into the comment stream of your original WordPress posts. I’ve been trialling an install and you can see it in action on a post like this one. Notice that the […]


A quick QR code update

April 8th, 2009 8 Comments

As regular readers know, we’ve been trialling QR codes and a little while back rolled them on a small selection of object labels in a Japanese fashion display. I’ve been keep an eye on their usage and some of the continuing problems around lighting, shadows, and low-resolution mobile phone cameras like the current iPhone 3G. […]


One year in the Commons on Flickr – statistics and . . . a book!

April 8th, 2009 4 Comments

Today we celebrate one year in the Commons on Flickr. Since April 8 last year we’ve uploaded 1,171 photos (382 geotagged) from four different archival photographic collections. These have been viewed 777,466 times! For photographs that had been either hidden away on our website (the original 270 Tyrrell photographs on our website were viewed around […]


Impact of the Commons on image sales at the Powerhouse

April 7th, 2009 4 Comments

As many readers know, Paula Bray, our manager of Visual and Digitisation Services, has been working on a paper for Museums and the Web looking at the impact of the Commons on Flickr on our image sales business. Paula’s paper has been published over at Archimuse and if you are going to be in Indianapolis […]


Powerhouse Object of the Week – a new behind the scenes blog

April 2nd, 2009 2 Comments

Another exciting thing we are launching today is our Object of the Week blog. It nicely complements our Photo of the Day which recently celebrated 500 posts! We kick off Object of the Week with a profile of the project lead, curator Erika Dicker. Erika has chosen a favourite object from the collection – a […]


Powerhouse collection documentation goes Creative Commons

April 2nd, 2009 8 Comments

We’re happy to announce that as of today all our online collection documentation is available under a mix of Creative Commons licenses. We’ve been considering this for a long time but the most recent driver was the Wikipedia Backstage tour. Collection records are now split into two main blocks of text. The first section is […]


Working with Wikipedia – Backstage Pass at the Powerhouse Museum

April 2nd, 2009 3 Comments

I like the notion that Noam Cohen raises in his recent New York Times article where Wikipedia is compared to a city. It is this sidewalk-like transparency and collective responsibility that makes Wikipedia as accurate as it is. The greater the foot traffic, the safer the neighbourhood. Thus, oddly enough, the more popular, even controversial, […]