Fresh & New(er)

discussion of issues around digital media and museums by Seb Chan

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Entries from November 26th, 2010

A/B headline switching for museum content

November 26th, 2010 8 Comments

Regular readers will know that I’ve been fascinated by the overlap between museum curatorial practice and journalism over the past while. Similarly I’ve also been very interested in the impact of behavioural data on these professions that is emerging at scale and in real-time on digital platforms. So I was very excited to find that […]


Quick interview with Amped Powerhouse API winners – Andrea Lau & Jack Zhao

November 11th, 2010 1 Comment

Andrea Lau & Jack Zhao were the winners of the Powerhouse Museum challenge at the recent Amped hack day organised by Web Directions in Sydney. As part of their prize they won a basement tour to see all the things that the Powerhouse doesn’t have out on display. Renae Mason, senior online producer at the […]


Testing an engagement metric and finding surprising results

November 7th, 2010 3 Comments

As regular readers know I’ve been working on web metrics for a few years now and experimenting with different models for cultural institutions. So it was with interest I read the’s equation for online engagement over at Nieman Journalism Lab. … two months ago,, home of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, began […]


The honeypot effect: more on WaterWorx, the Powerhouse Museum’s iPad interactive

November 5th, 2010 6 Comments

Week one of our iPad interactive – WaterWorx – and the feedback has been great from visitors and teachers alike. Just to prove how much of a honeypot the iPads are, here’s a time-lapse from the day that the exhibition was soft launched. You can see the early morning final touches being added to the […]


WaterWorx – our first in-gallery iPad interactive at the Powerhouse Museum

November 1st, 2010 32 Comments

Last week we were installing our first deployment of iPads as gallery interfaces – and they went live on Friday night. Now in the newly refreshed Ecologic exhibition – open right now – you can play a game called WaterWorx deployed to a table of 8 iPads. WaterWorx is intended to convey the difficult of […]