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Collaboration Trials and Triumphs Steve.museum, ArtBabble and Other Collaborative Ventures Robert Stein Chief Information Officer Indianapolis Museum of Art rstein@imamuseum.org @rjstein
WHAT’S THE  SECRETSAUCE? Flickr Credit ~ericinsf
AMBITION POWER PROMOTION PROFIT
What’s the Target  of Your Ambition? Flickr Credit ~bogdansuditu
IMPACT MAKE A DIFFERENCE CHANGE THE WORLD
collaboration Common Interest Culture Shift Leadership Unique Synergies Ideological Change Common Platforms Accepting New Ideas Building Best Practice
SOME EXAMPLES Let’s Checkout…
Steve.Museum Exploring Applications of Social Tagging for Museums 2006 – 2008 Steve Research Grant 2008 – 2011 Steve In Action 2008 – 2011 T3: Text, Tags, Trust Generously supported by the IMLS Open source software supporting tagging in museums
Motivation Steve Research Answering Common Questions Defining Best Practices Steve in Action Building Common Platforms / Tools Applying Lessons Learned T3 Research Answering NEW Questions Bridging Two Communities Applying New Methods
Take-Aways A Diversity of Partners Pairing of Different Skill-sets and Sizes Using Well Defined Frameworks Difficult to Keep Long-Term Engagement Easy to Under Estimated Time (especially for research) Practical Deliverables Help Engagement
IMA Dashboard Performance Metrics for IMA  More than 3 years of data actively updated by dozens of staff members across all departments of the museum Designed to increase staff engagement with core museum data Released as an open-source tool for any museum to use to enhance transparency of operations
Motivation Culture Shift Measurement leads to better performance Ideological Change Exposing less-than-ideal performance is OK Leadership Setting an example for our peers about statistical reporting Best Practices Giving it away and asking for input
Take-Aways Make it Easy Numerous small contributions make a big difference Keeping Heads in the Game Involving many in review provides peer reinforcement  Evolve Don’t be afraid to change directions
 ArtBabble A Collaborative Video Platform about Art and Artists An open platform seeking to gather video from a wide range of partners in a single location Current partnerships with 26 important cultural organizations
Motivation Unique Synergy Shared content builds audiences across institution Culture Shift Collaborating around content will be a powerful model for new platforms Common Platform Consistent experience for users
Take-Aways Collaborate Around Content Niche Content Portals Work Make it Free Free projects can skip the budget hurdles Make it Easy Even small effort can derailprogress Lead
CHALLENGES OF COLLABORATION Management Costs are High Set Expectations and Develop a Firm Framework Flickr Credit ~mckaysavage
CHALLENGES OF COLLABORATION Long-Term Engagement is Elusive Create Inter-Dependent Teams with Simple Deliverables Flickr Credit ~mckaysavage
CHALLENGES OF COLLABORATION Benefits are Indirect or Delayed Educate Senior Management About What to Look For Flickr Credit ~mckaysavage
Successful Collaborations Require… COLLABORATIVE LEADERS Steering the car with no hands on the wheel Flikr Credit ~professorbop
Qualities of… COLLABORATIVE LEADERS ,[object Object]
A belief in synergy
A sober appreciation of individual limitationsFlikr Credit ~professorbop
Tips for Collaborative Leaders Be ready to give more to the group than you receive in return Flickr Credit ~jule_berlin
Tips for Collaborative Leaders Be absolutely transparent about how you are benefitting from collaboration Flickr Credit ~jule_berlin
Tips for Collaborative Leaders Expect to learn something you don’t already know Flickr Credit ~jule_berlin

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Collaboration Forum: Collaborative Leadership

  • 1. Collaboration Trials and Triumphs Steve.museum, ArtBabble and Other Collaborative Ventures Robert Stein Chief Information Officer Indianapolis Museum of Art rstein@imamuseum.org @rjstein
  • 2. WHAT’S THE SECRETSAUCE? Flickr Credit ~ericinsf
  • 4. What’s the Target of Your Ambition? Flickr Credit ~bogdansuditu
  • 5. IMPACT MAKE A DIFFERENCE CHANGE THE WORLD
  • 6. collaboration Common Interest Culture Shift Leadership Unique Synergies Ideological Change Common Platforms Accepting New Ideas Building Best Practice
  • 7. SOME EXAMPLES Let’s Checkout…
  • 8. Steve.Museum Exploring Applications of Social Tagging for Museums 2006 – 2008 Steve Research Grant 2008 – 2011 Steve In Action 2008 – 2011 T3: Text, Tags, Trust Generously supported by the IMLS Open source software supporting tagging in museums
  • 9. Motivation Steve Research Answering Common Questions Defining Best Practices Steve in Action Building Common Platforms / Tools Applying Lessons Learned T3 Research Answering NEW Questions Bridging Two Communities Applying New Methods
  • 10. Take-Aways A Diversity of Partners Pairing of Different Skill-sets and Sizes Using Well Defined Frameworks Difficult to Keep Long-Term Engagement Easy to Under Estimated Time (especially for research) Practical Deliverables Help Engagement
  • 11. IMA Dashboard Performance Metrics for IMA More than 3 years of data actively updated by dozens of staff members across all departments of the museum Designed to increase staff engagement with core museum data Released as an open-source tool for any museum to use to enhance transparency of operations
  • 12. Motivation Culture Shift Measurement leads to better performance Ideological Change Exposing less-than-ideal performance is OK Leadership Setting an example for our peers about statistical reporting Best Practices Giving it away and asking for input
  • 13. Take-Aways Make it Easy Numerous small contributions make a big difference Keeping Heads in the Game Involving many in review provides peer reinforcement Evolve Don’t be afraid to change directions
  • 14. ArtBabble A Collaborative Video Platform about Art and Artists An open platform seeking to gather video from a wide range of partners in a single location Current partnerships with 26 important cultural organizations
  • 15. Motivation Unique Synergy Shared content builds audiences across institution Culture Shift Collaborating around content will be a powerful model for new platforms Common Platform Consistent experience for users
  • 16. Take-Aways Collaborate Around Content Niche Content Portals Work Make it Free Free projects can skip the budget hurdles Make it Easy Even small effort can derailprogress Lead
  • 17. CHALLENGES OF COLLABORATION Management Costs are High Set Expectations and Develop a Firm Framework Flickr Credit ~mckaysavage
  • 18. CHALLENGES OF COLLABORATION Long-Term Engagement is Elusive Create Inter-Dependent Teams with Simple Deliverables Flickr Credit ~mckaysavage
  • 19. CHALLENGES OF COLLABORATION Benefits are Indirect or Delayed Educate Senior Management About What to Look For Flickr Credit ~mckaysavage
  • 20. Successful Collaborations Require… COLLABORATIVE LEADERS Steering the car with no hands on the wheel Flikr Credit ~professorbop
  • 21.
  • 22. A belief in synergy
  • 23. A sober appreciation of individual limitationsFlikr Credit ~professorbop
  • 24. Tips for Collaborative Leaders Be ready to give more to the group than you receive in return Flickr Credit ~jule_berlin
  • 25. Tips for Collaborative Leaders Be absolutely transparent about how you are benefitting from collaboration Flickr Credit ~jule_berlin
  • 26. Tips for Collaborative Leaders Expect to learn something you don’t already know Flickr Credit ~jule_berlin
  • 27. Tips for Collaborative Leaders Expect failureIf I can do it on my own, then I don’t need you! Flickr Credit ~jule_berlin