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Managing and growing a cultural heritage web presence

November 6, 2009


I’m absolutely delighted (and only slightly scared) to announce that I’ve been commissioned to write a book for Facet Publishing. Ever since I started working with museums online, I’ve felt that there is a need for strategic advice to help managers of cultural heritage web presences. There are of course hundreds of thousands of resources […]

The whole NPG / Wikimedia thing

July 15, 2009


There’s acres and acres of stuff to read and write about the whole National Portrait Gallery legal action threat against Wikimedia contributor Dcoetzee and his addition to the Wikimedia collection. I’m not going to try and add to the noise too much but it would seem apposite to at least comment given my current thread […]

Pushing MRD out from under the geek rock

July 13, 2009


The week before last (30th June – 1st July 2009), I was at the JISC Digital Content Conference having been asked to take part in one of their parallel sessions. I thought I’d use the session to talk about something I’m increasingly interested in – the shifting of the message about machine readable data (think […]

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 […]

The problem with process

February 3, 2009


This blog post has been lurking as an idea in my drafts folder for a long time, waiting for me to write something about the issues of “enterprise” and “lightweight”.  If you haven’t gathered it already you’re either new here or have been seriously thick skinned when I’ve ranted on about why I think IT […]

How did IT end up like this?

February 19, 2008


We hear it enough for it to be a pretty unoriginal thought: IT is rubbish. I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently. I went to present at Sage Publishing a couple of weeks ago and had a fascinating time re-calibrating my own personal perspective on “where we all are with IT”. I’d made some […]

Live(ish) from Google, Paris

February 12, 2008


I’m in Paris at the Google HQ. Eduserv are now a Google Enterprise Partner and I’m learning all about the Google Appliance. I’ve been pretty interested in the environment which is Google Paris – how it feels, what’s different about it, and why – and I’m blogging about it over on the Eduserv PSG blog. […]


October 18, 2007


I got a notice in my inbox today that Chumby Industries are finally (after what seems a loooong time) beginning to ship the first Chumbies to early adopters. I tried very hard last year with a series of increasingly sycophantic emails to Chumby to secure myself an beta model, and failed dismally, but at least […]

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 […]