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Museum collections and the “rhetoric gap”

April 29, 2012

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There are a couple of questions that have started nagging at me when I look at museum websites, and particularly when I look at online collections. With the American Association of Museums annual meeting on in the States this week, it seemed like a good time to start asking them. Are museum collections actually as […]

Do museum staff have the right to be offline?

April 24, 2012

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There have been a number of interesting and important discussions taking place around the ‘Net in the follow up to Museum and the Web, and hopefully over the coming week or two we’ll get to explore a few of them. One post that I keep coming back to, however, is Koven Smith’s Leave tech in […]

A throwdown about the term ‘curator’

April 15, 2012

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Lately, questions about the bastardisation of the term curator have been emerging around the blogosphere. The Hermitage Museum wrote An Open Letter to Everyone Using the Word ‘Curate’ Incorrectly on the Internet, and Digital Transformations recently asked whether DJs are curators, and vice versa. Their opening volley caught my attention: The word ‘curator’ gets used liberally […]

Documenting the digital strategy unconference session @ MW2012

April 13, 2012

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Digital and strategy are two themes that keep emerging in all of my conversations around musetech issues at the moment, and with this morning’s great session on Digital Strategy as context, I proposed an unconference session on those questions. The basic parameters we wanted to explore were how do you act as an internal translator […]

Museum technologists + organisational digital literacy

April 13, 2012

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Just a quick post whilst sitting in the digital strategy session of MW2012. Is it the responsibility of musetech staff to help push the digital literacy of the broader institution? We often talk about the expectation that other staff in the organisation need to learn how digital works in order that they understand the value […]

On curatorial voice and the web

April 11, 2012

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Well, this is going to be an interesting week. Although I have only been in San Diego for Museums and the Web 2012 for about 24 hours now, I have already had more stimulating conversations than in recent months put together. Where time allows, I will shoot to capture a few of these emerging ideas […]

MW2012 + breaking musetech conversations out of the bubble

April 8, 2012

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The other day, when following up on the responses to misconceptions about museum technologists, I happened upon on a 2009 post by Nina Simon regarding what she termed the ‘participatory ghetto’. She wrote (emphasis mine): …In most museums, technologists are still seen as service providers, not experience developers. They live in well-defined (and self-protected) silos. […]

Extending the museum narrative

April 3, 2012

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A very quick thought. A friend linked me to a post on Seth Godin’s marketing blog today, and although that post didn’t particularly resonate with me, another one did. In Extending the Narrative, Godin discusses the stories we tell ourselves about who we are. The socialite walks into the ski shop and buys a $3000 […]

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