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Entries from July 26th, 2009

Virtuous circle – from visitor to speaker

July 26th, 2009 Comments Off on Virtuous circle – from visitor to speaker

This short post is for everyone who naively asks about the “ROI of social media” and whether “websites can be proven to result in museum visitation”. Two years ago Bob Meade wasn’t a regular visitor to the Museum (despite being directly in one of our “target demographics”) let alone a user of our website. Then […]


Help out with direct input into the Australian Government 2.0 Issues Paper

July 20th, 2009 2 Comments

As regular readers know I am on the (Australian) Government 2.0 Taskforce. We’ve just released an alpha version of our Issues Paper and we’d like you to add your comments and input. I’m especially interested in input from the web developers and creative nerds, as well as from the government-funded cultural sector – who I’m […]


Make some slime!

July 17th, 2009 Comments Off on Make some slime!

Here’s something completely non-digital that you know you really want to do . . . make some slime! Fortunately one of my team, Kate Lamerton, has been brewing up some amazing slime in the office and she’s popped the recipe up on our children’s website. (Kate is the childrens’ producer in the web team so […]


Electronic Swatchbook version 2 – lots more public domain swatches, search by colour

July 15th, 2009 3 Comments

We meant to launch our Electronic Swatchbook v2 last year but it got buried in a slew of server upgrades and other projects. But here it is, now with nearly 2000 public domain patterns available for you to use and re-use. There are a whole lot of new swatches some dating as far back as […]


Will schools use collection content? The Learning Federation Pilot Report

July 15th, 2009 Comments Off on Will schools use collection content? The Learning Federation Pilot Report

Over the last 12 months the Powerhouse, along with the National Museum of Australia and Museum Victoria, has been involved in supplying collection data to joint pilot project between the Le@rning Federation (TLF) and the Council of Australasian Museum Directors (CAMD) from March 2008 to May 2009 Museums have always had difficulty preparing material to […]


Digital graffiti or derivative art? Notes on a skeleton

July 13th, 2009 1 Comment

A pretty innocuous and humorous image from our Phillips Collection in the Commons on Flickr with a lot of views – nearly 33,000. A quick mouseover reveals this hodge podge of notes. Is this graffiti? Should they be removed? Would removal just be ‘feeding the trolls‘? Are they doing it for the lulz? Or is […]


Fictitional narratives & visitor-made labels – The Odditoreum

July 9th, 2009 3 Comments

At the Powerhouse we’ve just launched something called The Odditoreum. An incredibly low-tech “exhibition” with no technology-based interactive experiences and minimal web presence, The Odditoreum feels remarkable for the level of participation it is engendering. Visitors are actively writing their own labels for the objects and even before launch there was a lot of interest […]


Maps are all around us

July 4th, 2009 1 Comment

I was reading Michael Chabon’s piece on childhood last week and one section popped out of the screen – It captured perfectly the mental maps of their worlds that children endlessly revise and refine. Childhood is a branch of cartography. Walking my daughter to school we tiptoe “past the wizard’s house” at the top of […]