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A possible next step for

March 2, 2010


I first wrote about, the bootstrapped “API spider” that Dan Zambonini and I built, back in 2008. We followed up the technology with a paper for Museums and the Web 2009, and in that paper talked about some possible future directions for the service. You’ll see if you scroll down the paper that there […]

The Brooklyn Museum API – Q&A with Shelley Bernstein and Paul Beaudoin

April 16, 2009


The concept and importance of museum-based API’s are notions that I’ve written about consistently (boringly, probably) both on this blog and elsewhere on the web. Programmatic and open access to data is – IMO – absolutely key to ensuring the long-term success of online collections. Many conversations have been going on about how to make […]

(Selling) content in a networked age

April 1, 2009


I’m just back from Torquay where I’d been asked to speak at the 32nd annual UKSG conference. I first came across UKSG more than a year ago when they asked me to speak at a London workshop they were hosting. Back then, I did a general overview of API’s from a non-technical perspective. This time […]

Omeka – an online exhibits framework

March 17, 2008


Tom Scheinfeldt contacted me through a comment on the Electronic Museum blog. He’s MD of the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) who among other things produce Zotero – a kind of semantic webby bookmarking toolbar. CHNM have recently produced an open source application called Omeka (Swahili for “to display or lay out goods […]

The progress of content

January 8, 2008


I’m just helping Brian Kelly author a paper on Openness in Museums for the Museums and the Web conference later in the year. It just stuck me that the movement of content around the web has followed / is following a pattern a little bit like this: Phase I: content held as HTML within sites. […]

Facebook poll: flawed, but do you care?

November 25, 2007


The long and frankly fairly boring (to those other than people like me, and probably you if you’re reading this..) debate continues about Facebook data – who owns it, who shares it, how it can be attributed, how open it is. Techcrunch as always pile into the debate with a simple point and a simple […]

Amazon announces SLA for S3

October 9, 2007


One of the fears which cloud computing – or any hosted application – brings out in museum and other IT professionals is that your up-time becomes reliant on services over which you have no control. I’ve always argued that although this is a real fear, it’s infinitely more likely that the ropy single machine you’ve […]

Commoditisation of IT. And ducks.

October 8, 2007


I said on a previous post that I’d write more about Simon Wardley’s excellent presentation at the Future of Web Apps conference. He’s now put the presentation on Slideshare but warns (and he’s right) that it’s not an easy one to digest without the audio. Apparently FOWA are going to be publishing the sound for […]

Google checkout for non-profits

September 30, 2007


According to the Google Checkout Blog, the big G have just launched Google Checkout for Non-Profits – with no charges at all either per-transaction or percentage until at least the end of 2008. So far though, this looks like it’s just for US based NFP’s. I’ll have a poke about the infosuperhighweb and see if […]

Freebase is live

August 26, 2007


Freebase has now opened its doors to anyone, at least for those who just want to browse and search. Looks like you’ll have to wait a while longer if you’re wanting to contribue. I’m still really interested in what Freebase brings to the party; how it compares and is different to Wikipedia – but most […]