Museums & the Web 2009: Day 3Posted by Stephanie Fysh in News
The highlight of Friday at the Museums and the Web 2009 conference in Indianapolis was — obviously! — the Best of the Web Awards, where the Commons community and institutions represented. (Here’s George Oates with the actual award for the Flickr Community!) But we hear a lot else went on Friday, too!
Over on the #mw2009 Twitter feed, people were taking about:
The Steve Museum Project — this one’s about user tagging, and what good it is anyway.
@10ch: Steve.museum results are remarkable. 88% of user tags found useful by staffers, 86% of which were new words to describe art. #mw2009
@smannion: Tiffany Leason on what motivated taggers: Curiosity, fun, to learn about art. Research interface didn’t exploit those. #mw2009
@smannion: Helping local museums document their collections was another motivating factor, especially for existing members. #mw2009
@smannion: @bwyman on deck with his ideas for tagging interfaces: 1) New tours based on single tags, e.g., images tagged ‘rapture’ #mw2009
Digital NZ — led by Commons institution the National Library of New Zealand — also attracted attention:
@homebrewer: Cool. Digital NZ lets users build a set of filters and then generate a custom search widget for their own site. #mw2009
@homebrewer: Data inconsistencies exposed when seen in combined results – crowdsourcing the cleanup to users. #mw2009
And Nina Simon’s talk “Going Analog: Translating Virtual Learnings into Real Institutional Change” posed challenging questions as well as provoking discussion:
@pgorgels: Museums as libraries… Back to 19th centuries study collections? #mw2009
@stevegardam: #mw2009 For Nina Simon’s organistional change workshop, how to make museums more like the web. Museums: friendly like Flickr
@georginab: ninaksimon: Don’t try to change visitor behavior, think about what they ALREADY do in your museum and how you can intervene. #mw2009
@smannion: @ninaksimon is concered about *physical* not online. If your museum doesn’t work in the physical world, it’s not gonna work online. #mw2009
But maybe it all comes down to baseball?
@smannion: Hilarious moment in @ninaksimon’s session: Q: If museum were like fantasy baseball what would you do? A: ‘I would trade my curator.’ #mw2009
More soon, including talk about the Commons!