Browsing All Posts published on »March, 2012«

Misconceptions about museum technologists

March 30, 2012

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Last week I left the safe confines of museumgeek, and entered the wilds of the Internet, when the UK Museums Association republished my post Can a technologist get ahead in museums? on their site. I was a little scared about ceding control over the post, and allowing it to sit without the context of my […]

Guest post: Could a Collection Management System be like Facebook?

March 26, 2012

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One of the things I love most about spending time at the Powerhouse Museum is the conversations that occur. Last week, the Registrar for Collection Management Systems, Lynne McNairn, and I had an interesting discussion about CMS’ and their ease of use. In response to that conversation, she has written this post with some of […]

Concrete, clear & specific: Practical ideas for building digital practices into museums

March 19, 2012

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The museum blogosphere has lately been enlivened with posts about risk, leadership and incorporating digital into core museum operations – all questions that relate to the problems of dealing with institutional change in museums in response to the changing social/technological environment. Last week, I had coffee with┬áJanet Carding, Director of the Royal Ontario Museum, and […]

For museums to make the ‘digital shift’, does the art/artefact market itself have to change?

March 11, 2012

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Seb Chan has just written a great post positing the idea that museums will not truly begin to incorporate the digital into their core operations and institutional DNA until they have significant born digital collections. He writes: Born-digital no longer requires ‘buildings’ and that’s when things becomes interesting. He’s right – it is interesting. However, […]

geek speak with Matt Popke

March 9, 2012

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As regular readers would know, I (semi-)regularly like to ask fellow culturegeeks how on earth they ended up working in museum tech. It’s not a straightforward career path for most people, and frequently involves chance and changes of direction along the way. Today Matt Popke from the Denver Art Museum has agreed to tell his […]

Can a technologist get ahead in museums?

March 6, 2012

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A couple of weeks ago, The Art Newspaper published an article on How to get ahead in US museums. The article addressed the increasing call within the museum sector for curators to take on management positions, focusing on the New York-based Center for Curatorial Leadership. It mentions fears of a leadership crisis occurring in the […]

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