WordPress culture hackday, anyone?

A long and interesting thread on the MCG list prompted a thought – how about a WordPress hack-and-knowledge-sharing-kinda-day for culture?

We could talk about stuff like:

  • best approaches and favourite plugins
  • ways to hook into existing systems like Omeka
  • building some simple plugins to interface with CH open data
  • building some simple plugins to interface with other CH systems (collections management, library systems, etc)
  • how to deploy, move and scale sites

Dunno – I’m making this up as I go along. But if you’re interested in this totally vague proposal, chuck your name and thoughts into this form * and we’ll see if it goes anywhere.

(* If you’re in one of those¬†institutions¬†who have a short-sighted IT department that doesn’t let you look at the whole internet, just add your thoughts in a comment on this post….)

Mashed Museum 2008

On June 18th 2008 (the day before UK Museums on the Web conference) a bunch of us met in a room at Leicester University to do some museum mashing. Our aim was:

…to give ourselves an environment free from political or monetary constraints. The focus of the day is not IPR, copyright, funding or museum politics. Our energies will be channeled into embracing the “new web”: envisaging, demonstrating and (hopefully) building some lightweight distributed applications.

I thought I’d borrow Matt’s N95 and do a quick “interview” (loose term) of everyone that wanted to say something about what they’d done. Finally last night I got round to chucking this into Window’s Movie Maker and doing some editing and have uploaded the result to http://blip.tv/file/1029060. It’s around 12 minutes long, so grab a cuppa and a comfy chair…


The following day I did a presentation at the conference itself. This is now on Slideshare (and embedded below)

[slideshare id=488768&doc=ukmw08mashedmuseum-1214573625065381-9&w=425]

I’d just like to say thanks loads to everyone who attended – I know giving up a day is always problematic (even if it involves beer at the end). I hope you had fun. I know I did. Also enormous thanks to Ross Parry and the MCG for giving us the opportunity to do this.

Several people who attended have written about / linked to the things we built:

(I’ll also be continuing to update www.mashedmuseum.org.uk with future museummashingmoments…)

The message? Well, Lee Iverson from the Univerity of British Columbia used a phrase during his presentation the following day to beautifully encapsulate what I’ve posted about so, so often – and the one thing that makes any mashups possible:

If you expose data, you lose control but give it life

And that pretty much sums it up.