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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 […]

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 […]

Misconceptions about museum technologists

March 30, 2012

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Last week I left the safe confines of museumgeek, and entered the wilds of the Internet, when the UK Museums Association republished my post Can a technologist get ahead in museums? on their site. I was a little scared about ceding control over the post, and allowing it to sit without the context of my […]

Can a technologist get ahead in museums?

March 6, 2012

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A couple of weeks ago, The Art Newspaper published an article on How to get ahead in US museums. The article addressed the increasing call within the museum sector for curators to take on management positions, focusing on the New York-based Center for Curatorial Leadership. It mentions fears of a leadership crisis occurring in the […]

What is your favourite museum tech idea or project?

February 29, 2012

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I’ve just been asked to give a guest lecture at my university next week, which I am super-excited about. The talk will be a casual lunchtime lecture pitched primarily at Fine Art students, but will also include others from around the University. Because the talk isn’t for a particular subject, I thought I’d take the […]

Thinking differently and making change

February 15, 2012

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Museums are pretty strange. They exist simultaneously as a conceptual space, an actual physical place and as a kind of practice, which means there is constantly a sense of redrawing the borders of what a museum is, and why a museum is. Because the context in which museums exist is always fluctuating, museums too are […]

One provocation for Big Data

February 1, 2012

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I’ve started thinking a lot about Big Data and what it could mean for museums in a time when, as Danah Boyd and Kate Crawford write “The era of Big Data has begun.” The two have put forward an excellent and provocative paper about some of the weaknesses and problematics associated with the use of […]

What would you be prepared to sacrifice for a better online museum experience?

January 14, 2012

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Monday’s post, asking whether the physical space of the museum should still be the most important one, brought all kinds of new readers to the blog, and has started the richest discussions on museumgeek to date. While I had been trying to get a little more into the heads of those who are not enthusiastic […]

Should museums still treat the physical space as the most important one? If so, why?

January 9, 2012

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When, a couple of weeks ago, I asked what your dangerous idea about museums is, one of the responses really stuck out for me. Damien wrote: I do not think we should hasten into the virtual world. There is a place for online content and catalogues, without a doubt, but museums need to be physical […]