Museums meet the 21st century

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Developers can use structured open data provided by museums to create new sites and apps for the general public, but can they help museums get to the point where the technology just works, data flows like water and our energy is focussed on the compelling stories museums can tell with the public?

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Museums meet the 21st century

  1. 1. Museums meet the 21 st century @mia_out
  2. 2. Alternative titles included: “ 18th century institutions WLTM 21st century for mutual benefit, good times”; “ The Age of Enlightenment meets the Age of Participation”.
  3. 3. 'Museums collaborating with the public - new opportunities for engagement?' <ul><li>Yes, please. </li></ul><ul><li>“ The coolest thing to do with your data will be thought of by someone else” - but that doesn’t mean they’ll know how to build it </li></ul>
  4. 4. Work on things that matter? Help museums explore new territory...
  5. 5. Which comes first?
  6. 6. If there’s no demand for it, it won’t happen <ul><li>Nick Poole, Chief Executive, Collections Trust : </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;most museum people I speak to tend not to prioritise aggregation and open interoperability because there is not yet a clear use case for it, nor are there enough aggregators with enough critical mass to justify it.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Cosmic Collections
  8. 8. <ul><li>Questions... </li></ul><ul><li>If we built an API, would anyone use it? </li></ul><ul><li>C an you really crowdsource the creation of collections interfaces? </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>“ More of this kind of thing! Museums are supposed to be publically accessible resources for the enrichment and education of humanity. Their knowledge and data should be too and this was a great step!&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;giving a tough-to-reach community real ownership of the museum project&quot; </li></ul>&quot;The very idea of the competition was awesome&quot;
  10. 11. Back here again...
  11. 12. Explore with us Tell us what you want
  12. 13. Dragons we have faced...
  13. 14. The network effect <ul><li>Open data can help bridge gaps in collections </li></ul><ul><li>Shared data standards should lead to more data being used </li></ul><ul><li>Is aggregration the way forward? </li></ul>
  14. 15. Reasons to be patient...
  15. 16. Join in? <ul><li>Museums Computer Group – events, mailing list http://museumscomputergroup.org.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>Linking Museums – meetups, practical examples, experimenting with machine-readable data http://museum-api.pbworks.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>#spacetimecamp </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Museums and the Web’ conference papers online </li></ul>
  16. 17. Image credits: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dsevilla/129592677/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/aaronw79/3343751566/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/dunechaser/1779605161/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/cliche/3386276402/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/cobalt/450373034/ http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3376/3586733085_25e8848f76_b.jpg (via http://c-monster.net/blog1/2009/06/02/moche/) http://www.flickr.com/photos/mjsonline/2915322928 http://www.flickr.com/photos/statelibraryofnsw/2876551803/ Others: N asa, Science Museum, http://flickr.com/photos/_mia/ Images sourced by: Hannah Williams, Mia Ridge Thank you for listening Keep in touch at @mia_out or http://openobjects.blogspot.com/

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