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Streetmuseum: Q&A with Museum of London

June 1, 2010

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Streetmuseum – a rather lovely iPhone app by the Museum of London – launched a few weeks ago, and almost immediately began to cause a bit of a buzz across Twitter and other social networks. It’s hardly surprising that people have responded so positively to it – the app takes the simplicity of the Looking Into the […]

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

April 16, 2009

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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 […]

Creative Spaces – just…why?

March 4, 2009

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There’s been a fair bit of buzz around the launch of the NMOLP (National Museums Online Learning Project) – now apparently renamed as “Creative Spaces” for launch. I’ve known about this project for a long while – when I was at the Science Museum, very initial discussions were taking place at the V&A about how […]

Crowdsourcing photosynth

January 31, 2009

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I wrote about Photosynth when it first came out as a plugin back in August 2007.Then, I wasn’t sure, and felt that it was a technology looking for a reason. Since then, Microsoft have done a few very, very cool things with it. The most important of these is that anyone can now create Photosynths […]

Omeka – an online exhibits framework

March 17, 2008

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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 […]

Semanticism. Semanticness. Semanticitivity.

December 10, 2007

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Ever found yourself struggling to answer the question “but what is the Semantic Web? Can’t you give me an example…”? When I was talking at a UKSG seminar recently, one of the deligates asked one of the presenters exactly this – how the Semantic Web might work in practice. The response was slightly woolly – […]

The book is dead. Long live the book

November 15, 2007

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It’s obviously that time of year again. A while back I opened the front door to find two books on the door step: a Yellow Pages and a standard phone book. That was a week ago. They’re still there, getting soggy. Unloved, unused, taking up space, wasting tree. I’m not alone. Walking down the hill […]

Ceci n’est pas une tag

October 12, 2007

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There’s an interesting post over on the conference.archimuse.com blog where Jennifer reports that research they’ve been undertaking on the use of the steve.museum tagger shows that greater than 75% of all new tags given to images in the experiment weren’t words originally associated with the image by museum staff when cataloguing. That’s a pretty extraordinary […]

Au revoir, Science Museum…

September 23, 2007

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The 14th September 2007 marked the end of an era, for me anyway. I’ve been at NMSI, the National Museum of Science and Industry, for just over 7 years, and that was my last day. I move on, as anyone does from a job they’ve lived and loved for that length of time, with a […]

Open Education search

September 5, 2007

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As some of you might remember, I put together www.museumcollections.org.uk a while back to demonstrate what could be done for collections searching with next to no cash (a fiver to register a domain), time (20 mins, tops) or effort (cut and paste). Underneath this is Google coop, an implementation of the big G’s search engine […]