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Entries from August 25th, 2009

Moving out in to the cloud – reverse proxying our website

August 25th, 2009 Comments Off on Moving out in to the cloud – reverse proxying our website

For a fair while we’ve been thinking about how we can improve our web hosting. At the Powerhouse we host everything in-house and our IT team does a great job of keeping things up and running. However as traffic to our websites has grown exponentially along with an explosion in the volume of data we […]


Dan Collins on our move to virtualisation

August 18th, 2009 2 Comments

Our IT manager, Dan Collins, is in the Australian broadsheet today talking about our move over the last year to virtualisation of our servers. “We have got a much-reduced infrastructure spend in terms of the replacement cycle of hardware,” Mr Collins said. “When you look at what it saved us having to replace over three […]


How much is your website worth?

August 14th, 2009 Comments Off on How much is your website worth?

I’ve noticed that I’ve been tweeting a lot of links rather than blogging them as I used to. And from time to time there are some links that need to be blogged to get to those who miss the tweets or don’t follow. Here’s one from the Web & Information Team at Lincolnshire County Council […]


Some clarifications on our experience with ‘free’ content

August 14th, 2009 1 Comment

Over on the Gov2 blog a comment was posted that asked for more information about our experience at the Powerhouse with ‘giving away content’ for free. I’d be interested to know more about your experience with Flickr and your resulting sales increase. Are these print sales or licensing sales? And are they sales, through your […]


Upcoming talks, workshops and presentations

August 13th, 2009 Comments Off on Upcoming talks, workshops and presentations

I’ve got a bunch of sector talks, workshops and presentations coming up over the next few months. I’ll be talking about some brand new (and right now, top secret) projects that focus on ‘linked data’, maps and the ‘Papernet’, as well as delving deeper into metrics, ‘value’ and digital strategy. So you just missed me […]


Odditoreum visitor-written-labels now on Flickr

August 13th, 2009 Comments Off on Odditoreum visitor-written-labels now on Flickr

Thanks to encouragement from Shelley Bernstein at the Brooklyn, Paula Bray has started uploading photos of some of the ‘visitor-generated labels‘ from our Odditoreum mini-exhibition. The ‘write-your-own-labels’ continue to be a roaring success. More on the Odditoreum here and on the basic info page.


Some thoughts: post #GLAM-WIKI 2009

August 9th, 2009 4 Comments

Photography by Paula Bray License: Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 (Post by Paula Bray) Seb and I have just spent two days at a conference, in the nation’s rather chilly capital that involved a bunch of Wikimedians (wonder what that would be called) and members from the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries and Museum sector) sector. […]