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Entries from August 30th, 2010

Report from THATCamp Canberra

August 30th, 2010 Comments Off on Report from THATCamp Canberra

Ingrid Mason who is working on the Museum Exchange project for the Powerhouse went to THATCamp in Canberra on the weekend to talk about the project (more on that in a post shortly!), and to absorb some new thinking from Australian ‘digital humanists’ (the opposite of ‘analogue fundamentalists‘?). I asked Ingrid a couple of questions […]


The first iPad exhibition catalogues and a strategy framework

August 28th, 2010 Comments Off on The first iPad exhibition catalogues and a strategy framework

Today was an iPad filled day for a few of the team. First, I wake up to find that the Venice Architecture Biennale has launched a ‘free’ iPad catalogue. Clocking in at over 400MB it isn’t a small download and the user interface is more ‘artful’ than ‘functional’. Still there’s a lot to like about […]


Ask a Curator Day – behind what the Powerhouse is doing

August 27th, 2010 Comments Off on Ask a Curator Day – behind what the Powerhouse is doing

The InternationalAsk A Curator Day happens on September 1st this year and the Powerhouse is excited to be taking part even though we’ll be taking questions through our Facebook page rather than Twitter. We’re hoping that by using Facebook we’ll be able to answer more detailed questions and potentially reach a wider audience. Unlike our […]


Crossing the ditch – integrating our New Zealand objects with Digital NZ

August 26th, 2010 2 Comments

If you use to regularly read this blog then it probably seems like it has been quiet here but in fact we’re still in one of the busiest periods ever. Today, though, some light through the clouds. Our friends at Digital NZ (run by the National Library of New Zealand) switched on New Zealand-related Powerhouse […]


Full screen zooms and image tweaks in our collection

August 26th, 2010 4 Comments

If you are a regular user of our collection database you might have noticed some very minor tweaks recently. One of the most obvious is a change to how we show object images. For objects with small and low-quality images we’ve turned off zooming (example). Instead these images now explain why they are not available […]