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    November 30th, 2011mardixonCulture

    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.

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