“I don’t believe in Museum Websites, I just believe in me.”-John Lennon<br />
We are building the most kick-ass Conestoga wagons you’ve ever seen.<br />
ONLINE COLLEC-TIONS.<br />
Research?<br />
"Those pictures on Flickr are all well and good, but you should really see them in person."<br />- James Davis, Tate<br />
This is the only part of your website that should be explicitly designed to drive traffic to the building.<br />
Disambiguate the physical visit from the digital experience, completely.<br />- Marriedtothesea.com<br />
The new tools make our wagons laughable.<br />
AGILECONTENTDEVELOP-MENT.<br />
Limitless content, limitless experience.<br />(Or for those so inclined, “Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations.”)<b...
Focus on being better enablers, rather than betterproducers.<br />
Content is not king.<br />
Answer questions people are actually asking.<br />(Also marriedtothesea.com)<br />
Focus solely on making the unique stuff.<br />
Don’t get bogged down in authorityissues.<br />
So, um, yeah…But what would the museum website of the frakking future actually look like?<br />
It would (somehow) be meaningful alongside everything else we do already.<br />
It would (somehow) be a destination unto itself, as well.<br />
It would (somehow) be utterly amazing.<br />
Thanks!<br />Koven J. Smith<br /><ul><li>Denver Art Museum
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Slides from Koven J. Smith's Ignite Smithsonian presentation from April 11, 2011. Certain images in the presentation are courtesy of www.marriedtothesea.com. Video of this presentation is available at http://ustre.am/_WsQO:Hc5. Transcription courtesy of Suse Cairns.

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What's the Point of a Museum Website?

  1. 1. “I don’t believe in Museum Websites, I just believe in me.”-John Lennon<br />
  2. 2.
  3. 3. We are building the most kick-ass Conestoga wagons you’ve ever seen.<br />
  4. 4. ONLINE COLLEC-TIONS.<br />
  5. 5. Research?<br />
  6. 6. "Those pictures on Flickr are all well and good, but you should really see them in person."<br />- James Davis, Tate<br />
  7. 7. This is the only part of your website that should be explicitly designed to drive traffic to the building.<br />
  8. 8. Disambiguate the physical visit from the digital experience, completely.<br />- Marriedtothesea.com<br />
  9. 9. The new tools make our wagons laughable.<br />
  10. 10. AGILECONTENTDEVELOP-MENT.<br />
  11. 11. Limitless content, limitless experience.<br />(Or for those so inclined, “Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations.”)<br />
  12. 12. Focus on being better enablers, rather than betterproducers.<br />
  13. 13. Content is not king.<br />
  14. 14. Answer questions people are actually asking.<br />(Also marriedtothesea.com)<br />
  15. 15. Focus solely on making the unique stuff.<br />
  16. 16. Don’t get bogged down in authorityissues.<br />
  17. 17. So, um, yeah…But what would the museum website of the frakking future actually look like?<br />
  18. 18. It would (somehow) be meaningful alongside everything else we do already.<br />
  19. 19. It would (somehow) be a destination unto itself, as well.<br />
  20. 20. It would (somehow) be utterly amazing.<br />
  21. 21. Thanks!<br />Koven J. Smith<br /><ul><li>Denver Art Museum
  22. 22. @5easypieces
  23. 23. http://kovenjsmith.com
  24. 24. ksmith@denverartmuseum.org
  25. 25. Monkeys!</li>
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