Browsing All Posts published on »May, 2012«

Do rats chase chocolate in your museum? Thoughts on organisational habituation.

May 22, 2012

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Ed Rodley’s thought experiment on making a museum from scratch has only just started, but the responses to his initial post are provocative. Almost all of them question Ed’s initial assumptions about the scope and definition of the problem. After setting some conditional ground rules for the museum (it has about 200,000 objects, you have […]

Social media + the shifting pace of museum discourse

May 19, 2012

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Ed Rodley has just started the coolest museum blogging project I’ve come across lately. He is asking the museum/blog community to imagine making a museum from scratch. I thought it would be a fun thought experiment to build a new museum, one with no baggage, no legacy systems, no entrenched staff of Generation ___ who […]

Drinking about museums – Sydney chapter

May 18, 2012

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Sydney – it is time to join the international Drinking About Museums movement! Already there are Drinking About Museums meet-ups happening in Colorado and Boston, and we thought it was time to start one of our own. **UPDATED Details Wednesday 23 May 5.30pm – meetup @ Phillip’s Foote (as per Keir’s suggestion below). Any updates […]

Should museums just give up now and let Google take responsibility for knowledge?

May 17, 2012

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Wow – so the introduction of Google Knowledge Graph today has some fascinating implications for museums, knowledge, and everything else. As the Mashable account of the new move by the company explains: Starting today, a vast portion of Google Search results will work with you to intuit what you really meant by that search entry. […]

Do deaccessioned items belong in the online collection?

May 7, 2012

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As regular readers would know, in the last week or two, I’ve been reading Rethinking the Museum by Stephen E. Weil. In the latter sections of the book, Weil addresses the issue of deaccessioning in museums, and it prompted me to think about how museums deal with deaccessioned objects in their online collections. What happens […]

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