I attended the UK Museums Computer Group Conference (twitter #UKMW11) last Friday at the impressive Imperial War Museum. It was my first time attending this annual conference and I wasn’t disappointed.
Newly elected committee member Oonagh Murphy is the official blogger for this event 🙂
Starting the conference was Kenote speaker Mark O’Neill, Head of Innovation and Delivery, Government Digital Service with a key question: What’s the difference between Ikea and museums? Before you answer meatballs, Mark used clear examples on how a search engine for a museum’s website on the word Vase will bring up a multitude of links (items in their shops, vases in paintings, vases as an artefact, etc). Users are then forced to scroll to narrow the result list down. Whereas with Ikea, they use the Boolean approach – yes they might still have 6 vases named the same with differences being their height and price but you have the option to narrow your search down by color, height, size, price, etc.
Sesseion 1: Getting it Right from the Start’
Peter Pavement, Surface Impression and Marc Steene, Pallant House Gallery showed us how their project ‘Outside-In’ from 2006 allowed for artists that weren’t associated with the gallery a chance to not only showcase their work but more importantly, use the project as a springboard to continue to stay involved and create their own project from their experience. Accessibility and engagement was key.
Claire Ross, UCL and Tome Grinstead, IWM ‘Cultural collaborative Exchange: Collections, Social Interpresenations, Partnerships and Project Management’ This was a brilliant talk with the key words: Keep audience as your focus! Claire and Ross showed us their SICE (Social Interpretation and ongoing Cultural Exchange) project which explores different social media models and how different models work best with certain collections. In other ones, one size does not fit all. This talk was a real highlight for me and I found myself nodding in agreement the whole time.
Redefining Success’ Jane Finnis, Culture 24 spoke on the data found from the in-depth and thorough project ‘Let’s Get Real: How to Evaluate Online Success’ . This was a similar talk from the initial launch (more information here). For anyone who hasn’t had the honor of hearing Jane speak, she is so enthusiast and you really feel inspired to make changes by the time she is done.
New @ukmcg Committee Members Adrian, David, Emma and Oonagh and Dafydd who was co-opted during the year From @sounddelivery Audioboo: Mia Ridge Museum Technologist (new Chair MCG)
Open Mic – a tradition at Museum and computer Conference to allow people to update on current projects or ask for support on new projects.
- Go Genie –want deaf and disabled people to come to venues. Need to get quality up. They spend money too 🙂 @Rikke_Olafson Link to the Gogenie website – what a great idea! and important too #ukmw11
- iMuse – @MarDixon When setting up app don’t forget the ppl who have their own iPads etc and set to their likings. RT @jon_pratty: Just hearing about iMuse from Reading Museum. Strong thread about digital accessibility running through today’s #ukmw11
- British museum talking about augmented reality for education (@kidsinmuseums ) #UKMW11 @britishmuseum Working with tablets and augmented reality BritishMuseum.org/samsungcentre
Session 3: ‘Designing for the future’ Chair Carolyn Royston
Alex Bromley, Rhiannon Loosely and Matthew Rose, Museum of London ‘Integrating collections data to build sustainable online resources’ Collections Information Integration Module (CIIM) was an integral part in the success of this large scale project. Museum of London had a databases which worked great for each section it was built for but wanted a top level index that would allow each department to pull the data required that suited their needs. Highlight for me was Rhiannon describing the use of CIIM with Picturebank.
- #UKMW11 @rlooseley Resources being used for families, students etc Pocket Histories @MuseumofLondon @kidsinmuseums http://t.co/ZvUijjGV
- Auto magical collections management systems links to online collections are the way of the future! Narrative CMS layers FTW! #ukmw11
- #UKMW11 @MuseumofLondon Planning development http://t.co/BDpFj7y7
Luke Smith and Giv Parveneh, IWM ‘Lives of the Great War’ Luke and Giv presentation was of great social history and really, social media importance. There are 80,000memorials in the UK with 8000 names on them. This is where the very important term ‘digital archaeology’ was first mentioned to. They want to create a database of War World 1 people using crowdsourcing. Luke and Giv showed examples of photos of WWI vets that were put on Flickr then had a tremendous response from the public adding data (ala digital archaeology). This was a more powerful presentation that made everyone think. Faces of the First World War is at 1914.org/faces
Seth van Hooland, Max de Wilde and Rik Van de Wallie then showed us Google Refine. The presentation not only explained but showed us how to clean up our metafiles. As a non-coder this session wasn’t really for me, but it was very easy to follow and comprehend the reason it was needed. #UKMW11 @freemetadata freeyourmetadata.org
Jad Padfield from the National Gallery ‘Presentating and Referencing High Resolution Images on the Web’. To view the work being done please see here Image Resources: The National Gallery catalogues. Working with iipimage.sourceforge.net when you reference or share a picture, it will send link with all settings on how you see it eg Zooming in bottom corner etc. The presentation was a very visual one that highlighted the need to see high resolution details on paintings.
Lastly, Jon Pratty from Arts Council England spoke of a new collaborate project called ACE The Space – experimental digital arts media service commissioning programme that could help transform the wa people connect with, and experience, arts and culture.
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