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Entries from January 31st, 2011

That popup survey tool for Fresh & New feedback

January 31st, 2011 4 Comments

One of the nice finds of the past few months has been Kiss Insights. You’ve probably noticed a little pop up survey on this blog – and maybe you’ve even answered it – well, that’s Kiss Insights doing its magic. Easily deployed to a website, Kiss Insights is a bit of Javascript code that calls […]


China Heart goes live – a mobile storytelling experience

January 27th, 2011 3 Comments

China Heart launches tonight, Thursday January 27, at the Powerhouse and the ‘general public’ (more likely, niche publics) can start playing it with all the special real-world additions between January 30 and February 13. Of course, you can play it outside this period – and you can even play it without being in Sydney. If […]


Behind the Powerhouse collection WordPress plugin

January 22nd, 2011 2 Comments

Yesterday we went live with the first version of the Powerhouse Museum collection WordPress plugin. Rather than clutter that launch blogpost up with the backstory and some its implications, here’s the why and how, and, what next. The germination of the WordPress plugin was the aftermath of the Amped Hack Day run by Web Directions […]


Powerhouse Museum collection WordPress plugin goes live!

January 21st, 2011 6 Comments

Today the first public beta of our WordPress collection plugin was released into the wild. With it and a free API key anyone can now embed customised collection objects in grids in their WordPress blog. Object grids can be placed in posts and pages, or even as a sidebar widget – and each grid can […]


Quick Wikipedia citation code added to collection

January 20th, 2011 5 Comments

Another of the many incremental changes slowly being added to the Museum’s collection database went live today – Wikipedia citation code. You can now find this at the bottom of each object record (for example this Lawrence Hargrave Photographic Print) and if you happen to be editing an article in Wikipedia and need to reference […]


China Heart – mobile locative storytelling: interview with Tara Morelos, Annette Shun-Wah & Jennifer Wilson

January 14th, 2011 1 Comment

On January 30 the Powerhouse Museum becomes the start point for a locative mobile story/game called China Heart. This exciting free project runs all through Chinese New Year celebrations until February 13. China Heart is being produced by dLux Media Arts, developed by The Project Factory, and the narrative has been written by Annette Shun-Wah […]


Upcoming talks & workshops for Qtr 1 2011

January 11th, 2011 No Comments

I’ve got a bunch of talks and workshops coming up in the coming months on a range of topics. I hope you can join me for some of them. February 1-4 ALIA 2011 Information Online Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour This year I’m really excited to be doing one of the keynotes at the bi-annual […]


Interview with Mia Ridge on museum metadata games

January 3rd, 2011 2 Comments

Mia Ridge is the lead developer at the Science Museum in London. She approached us in 2010 to use our collection database in her Masters research project which looks at the impact of different interfaces in museum collection-related ‘games’. Her research project is up and running at where you can partake in a variety […]