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Entries from October 29th, 2009

Five rules for museum content (via Amsterdam)

October 29th, 2009 4 Comments

I’m just back from presenting at the New Museum Lab event in Amsterdam run by the Nationaal Historisch Museum. My talk was titled ‘Digital Effects: Content, Communities and the Museum DNA’ and whilst I won’t be publishing the slides, one thing that seemed to be of interest to a lot of people was this simple […]


Visible data and behaviour change – Stockholm

October 25th, 2009 1 Comment

A quick off topic post from the road, having been re-reminded of Dan Hill’s Personal Well-tempered Environment in his presentation at Web Directions South a few weeks back. My first impressions of Sweden, from arriving in the airport and catching the train into the city, were of a country that pushes its’ ‘green’ credentials upfront. […]


Augmented reality update – using Powerhouse geocoded photographs on your iPhone 3GS with BuildAR and Layar

October 17th, 2009 4 Comments

So you read about MOB’s implementation of the Powerhouse historical images in Layar for the Android phones . . . well, Layar is now available for the iPhone! You’ll need a 3GS as it uses the compass for orientation but the Layar application is free from the App Store. Once you’ve installed Layar on your […]


Multi-lingual machine translation from the footer

October 12th, 2009 6 Comments

There’s been a fair bit of chatter about machine translation of late and so when we noticed that the Museum of London team had rolled out the new Google Translate widget on their website we figured we’d give it a try and follow suit. So lo and behold, now on the Powerhouse Museum main site […]


Augmented reality and the Powerhouse images in the Commons (or interesting things clever people do with your data #7215)

October 6th, 2009 1 Comment

On Saturday night at our (very rainy) Common Ground meetup in Sydney, Rob Manson and Alex Young from BuildAR demonstrated the first version of their augmented reality mobile toolkit using images from the Powerhouse’s geocoded photographs in the Commons on Flickr. This work riffs around the early mashup from Paul Hagon where he combined the […]


Upcoming talks update – Stockholm, Amsterdam, London, Wellington

October 6th, 2009 1 Comment

I’m hitting the road again in a few weeks – this time spending a bit of time in Europe working with a range of institutions – before the National Digital Forum in New Zealand at the end of November. First up is a presentation for ABM-Centrum in Stockholm, Sweden on Friday October 23. This event […]


Suggestify – fixing incorrectly geotagged locations

October 6th, 2009 Comments Off on Suggestify – fixing incorrectly geotagged locations

Flickr has been on fire recently with the addition of ‘Galleries’. Galleries have been put to great use – apparently 25,000 galleries in the first week – including the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s lovely Astrophotography gallery and, of course, those around the Sydney dust storm, Now Aaron Straup-Cope, also of Flickr, has released an alpha version […]