Browsing All Posts published on »May, 2011«

The New West: Museum frontier towns

May 29, 2011


As I watched the MuseumNext tweets roll through this week, it occurred to me that one of the things that draws me to this profession is the optimism and idealism that seem to exist within it. Every conversation, every 140-word tweet, seems to ask how we can encourage innovation, participation and the opening up and […]

Update to: But do I need an iPad?

May 28, 2011


Yes. I do. My new device, officially known as the i-RAD. Awesome.

Visualising the museum collection

May 26, 2011


I’ve been thinking today about how we visualise knowledge and information. Since 1735 – when Carolus Linneas first published Systema Naturae  – we have relied on tree-like hierarchical classification schemes to define and enunciate the similarities and differences between things. These strict binary classifications provide us with an incredibly useful and logical way of relating […]

Volunteering with MCN2011

May 20, 2011


Following the awesome experience I had at MW2011, I have been keen to continue to build my exposure to, and understanding of, the museum technology sector. The more I can stay in touch with the conversations happening at the coalface of the field the stronger my research will be, and so I seem to be […]

Collecting [&] 1000 fans

May 16, 2011


Last week a post on Open Culture caught my attention. It proposes A New Way Forward for Museums and calls for museums to “get smart and get excited about culture, reach out and forge a new social contract with the public and a new economic contract with industry to create a new offer that is […]

Speaking trumpets: blowing the museum’s horn

May 9, 2011


I am reading Ken Arnold’s Cabinets for the Curious: Looking Back at Early English Museums at the moment. Arnold uses a comparative approach to consider contemporary museums in context of the founding principles of museums of the 17th century. He discusses “three dominant strategies for knowledge creation in museums… the telling of stories, the use […]


May 6, 2011


An interesting start-up caught my eye today when featured on Mashable (although it turns out the company was at Museums and the Web – so it’s a shame I didn’t see them there). Artfinder combines a website, an artwork-identifying smartphone app, and a pile of iPad apps. According to their website, the company is: partnering […]

Girls: get coding.

May 5, 2011


Nancy Proctor RT’d this Tweet yesterday, and it caught my attention for a couple of reasons. The first is that at MW2011 (maybe the first place I’d been where awesome tech nerds convened en masse), I’d come to realise just how much of the technical side of the web passes me by completely. And that […]

The end of scarcity and the economics of everything (including knowledge)

May 2, 2011


Earlier today I read an interesting piece by James L. McQuivey on titled Why the End of Scarcity Will Change the Economics of Everything [OPINION]. In it, he asks: what happens if the economics of scarcity are exchanged for the economics of plenty? For those industries that provide information or experience as a primary good, […]