Quantity or quality?

This might seem like an odd question, especially given the vast (vast) quantity of effort that goes into digitisation, rights checking, caption authoring and so on. But I’m also a fan of taking a step back at least every so often and asking odd, obvious and possibly stupid questions. The question is in part prompted by … Read more

What’s so great about mobile?

I gave a presentation recently at UK Museums on the Web entitled “The Intertubes Everywhere”. It was a re-working of my Ignite Cardiff talk, with a gentle angle towards cultural heritage. Here are the slides: [slideshare id=2742484&doc=theintertubeseverywhere-091218044628-phpapp02] The one-liner for those that don’t have the time to go through the slides is something like this: … Read more

“Can I find it on Google?”

Let’s ask this: Just what do museum website users want? Actually, before we do that, the biggest question is “who is our audience?”. Wait. Before we do that, let’s assume that – what – 70-80% of museum website users want to find out some logistical stuff: “what’s on? how do I get there? how much … Read more

Creative Spaces – just…why?

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 … Read more

hoard.it : bootstrapping the NAW

What seems like a looong time ago I came up with an idea for “bootstrapping” the Non API Web (NAW), particularly around extracting un-structured content from (museum) collections pages. The idea of scraping pages when there’s a lack of data access API isn’t new: Dapper launched a couple of years ago with a model for … Read more