The Commons and Digital Humanities in Museums Key Remarks

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These are key remarks presented by Neal Stimler at the panel, "The Commons and Digital Humanities in Museums." The panel took place at the City University of New York Graduate Center on November 28, 2012. Event Details: http://cunydhi.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2012/11/07/wednesday-november-28-the-commons-and-digital-humanities-in-museums/

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The Commons and Digital Humanities in Museums Key Remarks

  1. 1. “The Commons and Digital Humanities in Museums”City University of New York Digital Humanities InitiativeCity University of New York Graduate CenterNovember 28, 2012 | 6:30pm-8:30pm | Elebash Recital HallNeal Stimler Key RemarksA commons, is both a shared set of resources used for the benefit of the general welfare and acommunity of practitioners committed to the compassionate service of others.The digital humanities empower practitioners, museum staff and the public, with the tools andmethods to re-ignite museums as civic centers of networked life.Museums, act a civic centers by making the vast knowledge within their stewardship freelyavailable for use and by connecting it to the infinite possibilities for humanistic expression in adigital culture.Utility, ubiquity and unselfishness are keywords/concepts that are core for the building of amuseum commons.Utility: maximize opportunities for the use of museum resources by the public in the hybridity oftheir physical and digital experiences.Ubiquity: museum content, data, publications and tools should become omnipresent in dailylife.Unselfishness: generosity guides museums interactions with their staff, colleagues and thepublic.Utility, ubiquity and unselfishness, the three “U”s, remind museums and other GLAMs tosee beyond the “i” of the institution.The realization of commons for museums and the digital humanities are interdependent.The earnest concern is to ensure that museums have impact in the lives of a digitalhumanity.Disclaimer: The remarks herein are the personal views of Neal Stimler and do not necessarily reflect theviews of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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