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Entries from September 30th, 2010

Sketchy notes from Picnic 10 (part 2 of 2)

September 30th, 2010 No Comments

More minimally edited notes from Picnic 10. Adam Greenfield prepared a top selection of panelists for his workshop on ‘networked Amsterdam’. As we sat in one of the Picnic yurts (!!) we heard a series of short presentations on Amsterdam as seen through different technological lens. First up was Usman Haque (Pachube) who spoke broadly […]


A couple of interesting free events for cultural sector people – Mike Edson Oct 15 & Amped Oct 16

September 27th, 2010 3 Comments

We’ve got two really exciting free events coming up at the Powerhouse for everyone who is interested in the ways in which the cultural sector is and can do exciting and impactful things with digital. What’s more they are back to back on October 15 and October 16. Despite being free both need pre-registration. On […]


Three short links – quantified self

September 25th, 2010 No Comments

Here’s a few short and interesting things I’ve been playing with for a little while. Each of these revolves around the idea of documenting ones own behaviour by laying down data – Kevin Kelly’s notion of the ‘quantified self‘. I’m very interested in how this personal behavioural data can be used to better improve our […]


Sketchy notes from Picnic 10 (part 1 of 2)

September 25th, 2010 1 Comment

Picnic 10 has been very rewarding – Picnic is why I’ve been in Amsterdam delivering two presentations and helping organise three sessions on different issues in cultural heritage. In the main pavilion in amongst interactive promotions from various major companies and a healthy smattering of startups was a pop up Fab Lab run by the […]


Museum implications of the Columbia report on metrics for digital journalism

September 21st, 2010 No Comments

Web analytics is a tricky game and often the different ways of measuring things confuse the very people they are there to help make better decisions. For the museum sector, analytics seems even more foreign, largely because we’ve never had a very good way of generating such huge amounts of quantitative data about our visitors […]


Tip #461: Segmenting and counting Facebook fans with the Ad Planner tool

September 20th, 2010 6 Comments

Another thing that has emerged from the web analytics discussions has been the lack of clarity over how to consider the success or otherwise of museum Facebook fan pages. Not surprisingly there is a lot of superficial focus on the total number of fans, but this doesn’t give the necessary granularity you are going to […]


Context matters – Googlescape

September 20th, 2010 No Comments

Just a quick one (a relic of a time before I started posting all the quirky new links on Twitter instead of blogging them). Here’s Googlescape, an art project from Sarah Janssen. Googlescape randomly picks a Google Street View location from somewhere in the Netherlands and then crops it with a black border and adds […]


Which social web platforms create the most return visitors to our website?

September 19th, 2010 6 Comments

I’m in Europe right now doing a slew of web analytics health checks, workshops and evaluations to help various institutions are get the most out of the their digital initiatives in a rapidly constricting financial environment. Everyone is rushing to figure out which initiatives are performing better for them than others – especially as decisions […]


Upcoming digital talks & events for October/November

September 11th, 2010 Comments Off on Upcoming digital talks & events for October/November

We’re going back into a cycle of talks with a lot of new things to talk about and announce. There’s a whole swag of previously unspoken about goodies going live in the next 8 weeks, and everyone has been head down working hard. However, it being conference season again means we’re going to be getting […]


Our Ask A Curator Day 2010 experience

September 6th, 2010 Comments Off on Our Ask A Curator Day 2010 experience

Last week was Ask A Curator Day and the Powerhouse was one of a bunch of Australian institutions that took part. Because of where we are in the global timezone, along with New Zealand we were one of the earliest to start Ask A Curator Day. This limited the exposure that Australian and NZ museums […]