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DESCRIPTIONBlogged my notes at http://openobjects.blogspot.com/2009/02/happy-developers-happy-museums-happy.html Museum content and access for the higher education sector from the dev8d event in London, February 2009.
- Happy developers, happy museums JISC #dev8d Mia Ridge, Science Museum
- Im Mia
- I work for the Science Museum
- Yes, I have an accent (fading after several years away)
- http://twitter.com/mia_out - @ me with comments. Ill post URLs there too.
- http://openobjects.org.uk my blog on digital heritage, blah blah blah
- I think museums can change lives
- "Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it.
- "No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be." Isaac Asimov
- Museums should be about delight, serendipity and answers that provoke more questions
- Museums should also be committed to accessibility, transparency, curation, respecting and enabling expertise
- Why am I here today?
- Museums have lots of information
- We like sharing it
- We could guess whats useful for researchers, educators and developers - but wed rather go to the source. How we can work with you?
- Some challenges
- The future is here, its just not evenly distributed
- We have a lot of it. A lot of what we have is rubbish
- Challenges to curatorial authority, fear of loss of control, loss of trust, fear that well get the IT wrong
- Funding, metrics
- How do you propose agile projects to funding committees? How do you measure visitors to a mashup?
- We dont always have image or IP rights for our objects or content
- Dealing with the challenges
- We cant afford to build interfaces to meet every need.
- But we dont need to if we make it possible for others to build things
- Inspiring examples, real success stories from users, sharing technical solutions help sector evangelisers
- Fail faster, succeed sooner reward intelligent failure
- What are museums known for?
- Buildings full of stuff
- Being experts
- Making visitors come to us
- Being fun. Yay! 8D
- Being boring. Boo :(
- What are museum websites known for?
- Helping you plan a visit
- Most people use museum websites to find out when a museum is open, how much it costs, and what's on.
- Which is nice... but... we can do more
- Pretty exhibition microsites
- Collections online
- (not always as pretty)
- What do we have?
- Lots of objects, lots of images
- Lots of metadata about objects
- Also interrelated records on people, places, dates, historical periods, events, subjects (topics, themes)
- Who designed, invented, made, used, bought, owned, donated an object? When and where was it made, used, found? Whats related?
- What are museums doing at the moment?
- One way or another, we're opening up access to our collections.
- Read access is easy, write access is harder.
- APIs large and small
- Aiming to produce re-usable, interoperable data with clear re-use statements
- Cool examples: IMA dashboard, Powerhouse Museum OPAC, Brooklyn Museum
- http://dashboard.imamuseum.org/ , http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/menu.php , http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/collections/ , http://objectwiki.sciencemuseum.org.uk/
- Were taking our content to where people hang out
- What would we like to be known for?
- An end to silos
- User-centred, not institution-centred
- Helping researchers help themselves
- Helping developers help others
- Being a source of content for lecturers and teachers
- Not just history, biography or art also science, natural history, archaeology
- What can we do for you?
- Who are you? University users (students, researchers, teachers and administrators), hobbyists, specialists, developers; direct or indirect uses
- Enquiry-based learning; mashups; linked data, semantic web technologies, cross-collections searches; faceted browsing to make complex searches easy; museums as a place where stuff lives a happy home for metadata mapped around objects and authority records?
- What else? You tell me! What do you want to provide for your users, and how can museums help?
- Happy developers + happy museums = happy punters
- The coolest thing to do with your data will be thought of by someone else
- Image credits
- http://flickr.com/photos/ncindc/2746241750/ Museum building
- http://flickr.com/photos/phploveme/2679669420/ Instrument case
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:LondonScienceMuseumsReplicaDifferenceEngine.jpg Replica Difference Engine
- http://flickr.com/photos/wonderlane/3083455553/ Happy face
- http://flickr.com/photos/dsevilla/129592677/ Curiosity
- http://flickr.com/photos/criminalintent/537762948/ Crowd control barriers
- http://flickr.com/photos/zoomzoom/304135268/ Silos
- If not in the list, http://flickr.com/photos/_mia/
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