Fresh & New(er)

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Entries from October 31st, 2010

Actual use data from integrating collection objects into Digital NZ

October 31st, 2010 1 Comment

Two months ago the New Zealand cultural aggregator Digital NZ ingested metadata from roughly 250 NZ-related objects from the Powerhouse collection and started serving them through their network. When our objects were ingested into Digital NZ they became accessible not just through the Digital NZ site but also through all manner of widgets, mashups and […]


On augmented reality (again) – time with UAR, Layar, Streetmuseum & the CBA

October 26th, 2010 3 Comments

Jasper Visser from the Nationaal Historisch Museum in the Netherlands has nailed some of the problems with augmented reality in his recent blogpost – ‘Charming tour guide vs mobile 3D AR‘. Jasper compares the analogue world experience of a guided architectural tour with the digital experience of using the Netherlands Architecture Institute’s UAR application to […]


On chocolate cakes, journalism and co-curating museums

October 26th, 2010 1 Comment

Here’s a great piece from the Nieman Journalism Lab on the New York Times’ community-sourced recipe book – dug out of tens of thousands of records in their archives. If you change your working relationship to your audience, you will understand that audience in a new way. The tools that support those two steps also […]


Mike Edson talk at Powerhouse Museum from 15/10/10

October 20th, 2010 1 Comment

Mike Edson, Smithsonian Institution at the Powerhouse Museum 15/10/10 from Powerhouse Museum on Vimeo. Last week we held a public talk by Mike Edson. Here’s the video from the night. In roughly 70 minutes Mike talks about the Smithsonian Commons and Web Strategy organisational change imperatives and initiatives. I was reminded of Ivan Chtcheglov’s much […]


Sharing with SepiaTown – historical images re-mapped

October 19th, 2010 3 Comments

Early in the year when I visited Josh Greenberg and the digital team at the New York Public Library, I was told about SepiaTown. One of quite a few ‘Then & Now’ web projects (see also History Pin), SepiaTown puts historic images back on the (Google) map, also using Google Street View to connect the […]


Launch of the Powerhouse Museum Collection API v1 at Amped

October 18th, 2010 7 Comments

This weekend just gone we launched the Powerhouse Collection API v1. For the uninitiated the API provides programmatic access to the collection records for objects that are on the Powerhouse website. For the technically minded, Version 1 returns JSON, JSONP, YAML and XML through a RESTful interface – chosen mainly so that interested people can […]