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Presentation to the 2009 Webwise Conference, Washington DC 26 February 2009

Presentation to the 2009 Webwise Conference, Washington DC 26 February 2009
Nancy Proctor, Smithsonian American Art Museum
ProctorN@si.edu

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  • The Museum as Agora Presentation to the 2009 Webwise Conference, Washington DC Nancy Proctor, Smithsonian American Art Museum [email_address] 26 February 2009 Identity and collaboration in the 21st century museum
  • What is collaboration in the Museum 2.0?
  • What is the Museum in this Web 2.0 world of information on demand?
    • Whatever
    • Whenever
    • Wherever
  • Save Outdoor Sculpture! http://maps.google.com/ User-created content: Save Outdoor Sculpture!
  • Artful Abe http://AmericanArt.si.edu/ArtfulAbe
  • Fill the Gap http://www.flickr.com/photos/americanartmuseum/sets/
  • 1934 and Picturing the 1930s http://www.flickr.com/groups/1934
  • Wikipedia Loves Art http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Loves_Art
  • The Handheld Wiki http://MuseumMobile.info/wiki
  • The Museum in Dialogue
    • http://SmartHistory.org
  • Curators in Conversation http://AmericanArt.si.edu/Podcasts
  • Learning through Teaching
    • http://americanart.si.edu/education/activities/podcasts/
  • The Museum in Play http://GhostsofaChance.com/
  • Happiness
    • Time spent with people we like
    • The chance to be a part of something bigger
    • Satisfying work to do
    • The experience of being good at something
    – JANE M C GONIGAL, PhD Institute for the Future Hosted by the AAM Center for the Future of Museums, December 2, 2008, at the Newseum, Washington, DC http://www.slideshare.net/avantgame/gaming-the-future-of-museums-a-lecture-by-jane-mcgonigal-presentation?nocache=4592
  • What is collaboration?
  • Collaboration means:
    • Communities & sharing
    • Dialogue & storytelling
    • Integration & relevance
    • Trust & working interactively
    • Fun & happiness
    • Not being stingy!
    • Rethinking resource allocation
    • Managing IP rights & brands
    • Being willing to take risks & fail
    • Re-evaluating quality vs quantity
  • What is the Museum? http://Smithsonian20.si.edu
  • The American Art Museum
  • The Museums… The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its Renwick Gallery
  • The Museum has become a Distributed Network
  • Photo by Mike Lee, 2007; from SAAM Flickr Group Our audiences now access American Art through a wide range of platforms beyond the museum’s walls and website
  • The Museum is transforming from Acropolis…
  • … into Agora
  • Nancy Proctor, [email_address] . edu 9 December 2008
    • Collaboration with other institutions
    • Collaboration with third parties
    • Collaboration with our audiences
    The Museum as Agora is an inherently collaborative space:
  • “ Where obstacles become opportunities to play!” Colleen Macklin, PETLab, Parsons School of Design Luce Foundation Center, SAAM
  • Nancy Proctor, PhD Head of New Media Smithsonian American Art Museum [email_address] AmericanArt.si.edu