R2-D2 analysed your collection images and here's what he found
Techniques for the automated review of images continue to improve. Analysis of colours and patterns within your collection images can provide new connections between collection items. Artificial intelligence can work out the subject of an image with increasing accuracy, sometimes rivalling the descriptions created manually by cataloguers. This presentation looks at some of the emerging tools in this field and how they might be applied to your image collections.
image_recognition  slideshare 
9 hours ago
Who loves your stuff? How to collect links to your site - Open Objects
If you’ve ever wondered who’s using content from your site or what people find interesting, here are some ways to find out, using the Design Museum’s URL as an example.
collection  Mia_Ridge  social_sharing  social_media 
10 hours ago
Instagrammer in Residence | Barbican
Following the successful run of our first cycle of Instagrammer in Residence project, we’re excited to launch the second edition, inviting emerging Instagrammers from around London to experience life at the Barbican and share their photography on our social channels and also in a digital exhibition throughout the Centre.
barbican  instagram 
11 hours ago
About - Surveyor - NYC Space/Time Directory
Surveyor is a geotagging tool designed to enhance the metadata of items within NYPL Digital Collections. It allows you to view and place images on a map of New York City. With each contribution through Surveyor, users create new knowledge about the Library’s collections!
new_york_public_library  geocoding  crowdsourcing  new_york  photography 
14 hours ago
Maps by Decade - NYC Space/Time Directory
Maps by Decade shows digitized New York City street maps from the New York Public Library's Map Division published between 1850 and 1950, grouped by decade.
new_york_public_library  collection  map  generous_interfaces 
14 hours ago
What’s in the box? – Stacks
I’m going to talk about the technical architecture behind the new Wellcome Collection API, and I’m going to try and do it in a way that is not off-putting to someone unfamiliar with the concepts in advance.
wellcome  collection  api 
14 hours ago
Tate Modern's VR experience transports visitors to Modigliani's studio
Tate Modern’s first VR experience places visitors inside the final studio of Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani. We talk to Preloaded – the studio behind the project – about how it was made
preloaded  vr  Tate  Creative_Review 
Prototyping Interactive Data Viz: Lessons Learned in FY17 | Moosha Moosha Mooshme
Data visualization provides a natural opportunity for engaging visitors with authentic science content and cutting-edge technology
Researchers across the natural sciences (and across the Museum) are creating digital content that we can leverage to serve AMNH’s mission and generate interest and excitement among visitors and staff.
American_Museum_of_Natural_History  interactive  visualisation  data  science 
6 days ago
Stranger Things fans crash museum website
Wow. We've sold 18,000+ items online since our Brontosaurus apparel launched Tuesday. This has grossed approximately $600,000 in proceeds to support our educational outreach programs. Thanks! https://t.co/PQUBzfTW6G pic.twitter.com/HSG3nobjeR
— Science Museum of Minnesota (@sciencemuseummn) November 9, 2017
ecommerce  Science_Museum_of_Minnesota 
6 days ago
AT THE MUSEUM – SEASON 1 - YouTube - YouTube
See what it takes to run a modern museum in our new documentary series, "At the Museum." Follow MoMA staff as exhibitions are designed, installed, and opened to the public. New episode premieres each week on YouTube.
MoMA  YouTube  video 
6 days ago
Top 3 Reasons Why 84% of Digital Transformation Projects Fail
1 You’re not investing in experiences that customers really want
2 You’re not planning for requirements
3 You’re constricted with technology
6 days ago
Barnes Collection Online: Andrei Taraschuk and @the_barnes_bot
Earlier in the week I posted about a drawing challenge that happened on Twitter as a result of our open access collection launch. Today, I’m interviewing Andrei Taraschuk who has created a Barnes collection bot on multiple channels — Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr — that anyone can follow.
Barnes_Foundation  robot  collection  Twitter  Tumblr  Facebook 
6 days ago
How Instagram Is Changing the Way We Design Cultural Spaces | Innovation | Smithsonian
As neighborhoods, restaurants and museums become more photogenic, are we experiencing an “Instagramization” of the world?
6 days ago
Experimental Pottery Project Brings Traditional Designs to Life
A sophisticated 360 degree projection mapping system is at the heart of this captivating experience. Users can select from a range of designs crafted by Lowden, an Acoma artist from a family of illustrious potters. The chosen designs are animated and cast onto a oversized white olla, or water pot, by 4 overhead projectors. Viewers then see the blank pot come to life as stylized images of clouds, rain, lightning, mountains, birds, and local wildflowers envelop the surface of the pot.
projection  projection_mapping  interactive  archaeology 
6 days ago
Panoptes CLI 1.0, a command-line interface for managing projects | Zooniverse
Following on from the release of Panoptes Client 1.0 for Python, we’ve just released version 1.0 of the Panoptes CLI. This is a command-line client for managing your projects, because some things are just easier in a terminal! The CLI lets you do common project management tasks, such as activating workflows, linking subject sets, downloading data exports, and uploading subjects. Let’s jump in with a few examples.
zooniverse  python  crowdsourcing 
6 days ago
Playing ancient music without an instrument – Cogapp
When dealing with readable archival material we commonly end up performing text analysis on scanned images. There are powerful OCR tools that can convert scanned documents into machine-readable text, which makes records much easier to find and read.
However, there are other kinds of archive content that we might want to have in a machine-readable format. Take sheet music, for example. What if you could take scanned sheet music from the page to your speakers, and listen to scores from a museum archive? This was the task we set out to accomplish. Read on to see how we did.
music  ocr  cogapp 
9 days ago
#CultureisDigital: A Digital Look into English Heritage - DCMS blog
For this project, we’re partnering with the English Heritage Trust in celebrating the breadth of England’s historical, architectural, and cultural heritage by bringing historical stories and sites online to Google Arts & Culture. The English Heritage Trust is a charity organisation that manages the National Heritage Collection, comprising of over 400 of England’s historic buildings, monuments and sites spanning more than 5,000 years of history.
English_Heritage  Google_Cultural_Institute  DCMS 
9 days ago
Seeing Through the Fogg
The Harvard Art Museum, with its vast collection of works, serves as an ideal teaching tool for students, however, its very strength in size presents a daunting task when it comes to visualizing its capabilities.

Ever wondered what regions are the root to saturations of art? Curious about how to anchor pieces by time and compare them with one another? Have you ever thought about finding works by their predominant color?
Harvard_Art_Museum  generous_interfaces 
9 days ago
See the triumphant restoration of Roman London’s Mithraeum – IanVisits
Sheets of light drop from the ceiling to create the long lost walls that would have surrounded the Mithraeum, and chanting, based on graffiti found in Rome echoes around the room.
archaeology  bloomberg  projection 
9 days ago
Underground Roman temple reopens as immersive museum
Visitors enter the timed experience, which uses haze, light projections and baffles to create the illusion of the temple walls and columns rising from the ruins.

An illuminated scene of Mithras slaying a bull flickers to life in the apse, while a soundscape of chanting, bells and horns adds to the multi-sensory experience.

The free museum was masterminded by Local Projects, the US experience design studio that worked on the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, which specialises in "emotional storytelling."
archaeology  bloomberg  projection 
9 days ago
Bring past performances from the British Library’s historic playbills collection to life. - In the Spotlight | LibCrowds
Help rediscover popular entertainment from the past 300 years by transcribing names and performances on the playbills of Britain’s old theatres.
British_Library  transcription  crowdsourcing 
9 days ago
XY-Fi by Tea Uglow, Jonny Richards, Jude Osborn, Kirstin Sillitoe - Arts & Culture Experiments
XY-Fi allows you to mouse-over the physical world, with your phone. By connecting your smartphone to a local Wi-Fi network we can use your device as a remote control that can interact with the surrounding space. Augmenting physical environments with sound, light or mechanical reaction so that by pointing your device you can play videos, or paint with light, or open hidden doors, or hear information or just play games against a friend. XY-Fi uses common web technology; a laptop, a Wi-Fi router, WebSockets, captive portal technology and, for output we use a TV or projector. It is not a native app. The model works with multiple-user groups, and has been actively tested with up to 20 simultaneous connections. The XY-Fi experiment has been used in collaborations with creative partners at festivals and events and institutions globally, most recently powering an interactive exhibition at the British Museum. You can play with the code on Github.
mobile  google  Google_Cultural_Institute  open_source  British_Museum 
9 days ago
The Mendoza Review: an independent review of museums in England - GOV.UK
This Review was undertaken in response to the Culture White Paper in 2016, which called for “a wide-ranging review of national, local and regional museums, working closely with Arts Council England (ACE) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)”. It looks at what the national infrastructure for museums is and what it could and should be; the museums sponsored directly by government; and the challenges and opportunities for all of England’s museums. It makes recommendations across the following areas:
DCMS  Museum  report 
9 days ago
How many people see your content on each digital channel? | The Drum
Email: MailChimp benchmarks indicate 21% of marketing emails are opened on average(this is of course a slight underestimate because some email clients block images and therefore stop email tracking from working). And well-written emails can have dramatically higher open rates. For instance, Azeem Azhar who writes the Exponential View, a highly regarded industry newsletter, reports open rates of 45-50% and click rates of over 25%.
benchmarks  emarketing  email  social_media  kpis 
11 days ago
Net Art Anthology
Net Art Anthology will play out in five distinct chapters. The first four will be chronological: early network cultures and early web (through 1998); Flash and blogs (1999-2005); surf clubs, early postinternet art, and social media platforms (2006-2011); and mobile apps and social media saturation (2012-present). The final chapter will reprise all time periods, addressing gaps that emerge over the course of the project.
netart  rhizome  New_Museum_of_Contemporary_Art 
16 days ago
The Pudding
A Weekly Journal of Visual Essays
longform  storytelling  narrative 
16 days ago
Overview | Cardigan: Wellcome Collection's pattern library
Welcome to Cardigan, a living repository of Wellcome Collection’s principles and patterns.
wellcome  design  style_guide 
18 days ago
3 Life-Saving Alternatives to Google Site Search
Both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure offer competitive search solutions on their platforms.

If you’re unfamiliar with AWS or Azure, they’re both cloud-based computing platforms that follow a similar model: purchase the computing resources you need and scale as you go.
google  search  Amazon  AWS  Microsoft 
18 days ago
The 1666 Great Fire of London in Minecraft
Inspired by the Museum of London’s rich collections, the Great Fire 1666 maps allow Minecraft players to explore the City of London and experience the story of the fire like never before. Uncover the causes of this terrible event, help fight the fire and eventually try your hand at rebuilding London. Each map will include challenges that help players delve deeper into the story and experience what it was like to be part of the Great Fire.
museum_of_london  Minecraft 
18 days ago
Poly: Browse, discover and download 3D objects and scenes
Poly lets you quickly find 3D objects and scenes for use in your apps, and it was built from the ground up with AR and VR development in mind. It’s fully integrated with Tilt Brush and Blocks, and it also allows direct OBJ file upload, so there’s lots to discover and use. Whether you’re creating an intense space walk in VR or a serene garden of AR flowers, you’ll find the ingredients you need in Poly.
3d_scanning  3d  google 
18 days ago
Bloomberg European HQ review – welcome to the Bloombergeum… | Art and design | The Guardian
Foster and Partners’ new Bloomberg HQ boasts beehives, a wellness centre and its very own Roman temple. The City hasn’t seen such an ambitious homage to corporate power in decades
Guardian  bloomberg 
18 days ago
A New Social Media Presence at the Royal Ontario Museum
In the early days of this strategy things seemed promising and we were seeing decent engagement, enough to continue with this strategy into 2015. Then 2016 happened, algorithms changed and people’s sharing habits began to evolve. Dark Social became more and more prevalent. We let things play out through 2016 but as the year progressed our data began to make it clear that it was time for a change in direction. We needed to evolve with our community.
Royal_Ontario_Museum  social_media  Strategy 
18 days ago
Looking at Sarjeant Gallery’s collection through robot eyes
Automated image recognition is moving forward quickly. Cogapp have an excellent site presenting their trials of three of the main tagging API: Clarifai, Microsoft Azure Computer Vision API, and Google Cloud Vision API. From using Cogapp’s test and our own internal testing we settled on the Google Cloud Vision API. At this stage we’re only using the subject tagging feature, but the API provides other features such as detecting text within an image.
collection  image_recognition  Sarjeant_Gallery 
18 days ago
Getting events on sale with GLAMkit and Trello – ACMI LABS
Essentially, we’ve moved away from programmers filling in two Word documents, which then got copied and pasted into the website content management system (CMS) to a more automated process using our friends, Trello and Slack.
Australian_Centre_for_the_Moving_Image  workflow  ticketing  calendar 
18 days ago
Museums Around the World Will Now Text Artworks Directly to Your Phone, Thanks to SFMOMA
The museum is working with more than half a dozen institutions around the world to expand “Send Me SFMOMA,” a collection-sharing initiative that went viral when it launched this summer. Institutions including Tate in London, the High Museum in Atlanta, as well as the Auckland Art Gallery and the Christchurch Art Gallery in New Zealand are all working to adapt the program to their own collections. SFMOMA has also spoken to museums in Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore.
SFMOMA  sms  collection 
18 days ago
Visualizing Cultural Data: Experimental Interfaces for Digitized Collections | ASIS&T
As part of the VIKUS project an interdisciplinary team of cultural scholars, interface designers, and software engineers led by Prof. Dörk is investigating novel interfaces to cultural collections. The aim is to reveal the richness and complexity of such ‘data’ and do justice to their historical significance. This project approaches digital cultural heritage by combining technological possibilities with cultural considerations to develop visualizations and interfaces that open up interesting and useful perspectives on collections. Thereby, novel representation and interaction techniques are designed and evaluated for their suitability for different scenarios. We proceed on the comprehension that visualizations themselves are to be regarded as cultural artifacts that need to be interpreted, designed, and criticized.
generous_interfaces  presentation  collection 
18 days ago
Building a free and unrestricted digital museum and library
Figure 13 shows one possible, fairly simple, solution. Here we have prototyped a catalogue record from the Science Museum enriched with information Wellcome Collection holds on the item. In this case we have been able to add to the functional information (i.e. Nursing & Hospital Furnishings; Parasol costume; Cawfton) with a list of other items acquired at the same time and with information about Florence Nightingale (e.g. a link to her archive at Wellcome Library, related archives and subjects).
collection  science_museum  wellcome  IIIF 
20 days ago
[ARCHIVED CONTENT] Great British Innovation Vote
We asked the public what they thought was the most important innovation of the last 100 years and the recent one most likely to shape our future.
science_museum  webarchive  voting  participation 
23 days ago
Art + Data: Building the SFMOMA Collection API | MW2015: Museums and the Web 2015
During its current closure, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has the unique opportunity to engage in a prolonged period of self-examination and experimentation. In this sprit, SFMOMA is developing an API for its permanent collection. Before SFMOMA releases its Collection API to the public, the museum will be the primary user, with the intent to develop a deep understanding of the API’s possibilities and applications for both internal and public use. The questions we ask about the collection provide the guiding principles for development and design of the API. In collaboration with Stamen Design, SFMOMA organized an Art + Data Day to bring together some of the Bay Area’s most innovative creative technologists to ask probing questions about the museum’s collection using the new API. By the end of the day, we hoped to produce some amazing outcomes, and we were open to what they might be—an application? A data visualization? A story? A roadmap to even more robust data for the API? Or perhaps designs for something grander. This event was structured as an un-hackathon, a format inspired by participatory design approaches to creatively develop technology and a rejection of high-pressure, end-product-focused hackathon practices that reward speedy coding over effective problem solving. Rather than racing to complete or compete, the un-hackathon was about collaboration, brainstorming, and better understanding how the API will be used. Aside from an unabashed excuse to geek out and create beautiful data visualizations and nerdy software, Art + Data Day was a meaningful opportunity for SFMOMA to better understand how its API will be used and how it can be improved. Written in collaboration with Beth Schechter of Stamen Design, this paper deep dives into the Art + Data Day findings, emphasizing how they inform digital storytelling, potential gaming opportunities, and innovative on-site digital experiences at SFMOMA, and presents the SFMOMA API.
mw2015  hackathon  SFMOMA  api  collection 
25 days ago
DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly: Past Visions and Reconciling Views: Visualizing Time, Texture and Themes in Cultural Collections
We present a case study on visualizing a collection of historic drawings along its metadata structure while also allowing for close examination of the artifacts’ texture. With regards to the specific character of cultural heritage at the intersection of research, education, and public interest, the presented visualization environment aims at meeting the requirements of both researchers as well as a broader public. We present the results from a collaborative interdisciplinary research project that involved a cultural heritage foundation, art historians, designers, and computer scientists. The case study examines the potential of visualization when applied to, and developed for, cultural heritage collections. It specifically explores how techniques aimed at visualizing the quantitative structure of a collection can be coupled with a more qualitative mode that allows for detailed examination of the artifacts and their contexts by displaying high-resolution views of digitized cultural objects with detailed art historical research findings. Making use of latest web technologies, the resulting visualization environment allows for dynamic filtering and zooming of a collection of visual resources that are arranged along a contextualized timeline. We share insights from our collaborative design process and the feedback and usage data gathered during the deployment of the resulting prototype as a web application. We end with a discussion of transferability of carefully crafted and collaboratively negotiated visualizations of cultural heritage and raise questions concerning the applicability of our approach to related strands of humanities research.
generous_interfaces  research 
25 days ago
Art + Data Day · SFMOMA
On October 30, 2014, SFMOMA and Stamen Design hosted Art + Data Day at the Gray Area Art and Technology Theater in San Francisco. The event was formatted as an “unhackathon,” focusing on collaboration and problem solving — rather than competition and speed — as a way of testing an alpha version of SFMOMA’s new API.
SFMOMA  hackathon  api  collection 
27 days ago
Go Behind the Scenes of 9 Museums With These Great Online Web Series
These nine museums are using online video series to take viewers behind the scenes of their collections.
video  curator 
29 days ago
Blog del Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya » Analysis of the digital experience in the museum
The next step is the definition of a data strategy.  This document should include what the goals are in terms of collecting and using data.  For example, the results of the data analysis can be used for:

getting to know the users
creating segments
personalizing the experience
optimizing our digital offer
increasing the revenues
measuring the results of distinct marketing campaigns
showing the impact of our activities
informing about the strategy
This document should be accompanied by an implementation plan of the digital analytics where the specific tasks to be carried out, are defined along with a timing.
analytics  metrics  Elena_Villaespesa 
29 days ago
Using computer vision to tag the collection. – Barnes Foundation – Medium
The first part of this project used six services — Microsoft Azure, IBM Watson, Google, AWS Rekognition, TensorFlow, Clarifai — to “look” at paintings in our collection and tell us what was in them. We were using the default models supplied by each service, which were trained mostly from photographs, so we knew there would be a lot of error. This part of the project became a careful balance of minimizing error, while keeping some of the serendipity that machines were giving us.
Barnes_Foundation  image_recognition  collection 
29 days ago
Discover | Natural History Museum
Find answers to your big nature questions. Delve into stories about the Museum's collections, scientists and research. Uncover the history of life on Earth, from the smallest insects to the largest mammals. 
Natural_History_Museum  storytelling  narrative 
29 days ago
About Ways of Curating | Ways of Curating
The exhibitions collected here trace Obrist’s journey from contemporary art to an expanded field including art, architecture, literature, philosophy, and science. The trajectory begins, temporally, with World Soup, the kitchen show in which Obrist brought together artists like Fischli/Weiss and Hans-Peter Feldmann for his first show, held in the kitchen of his studio.
exhibition  art  Google_Cultural_Institute  curator 
29 days ago
stamen design | New Work: SFMOMA ArtScope 2007
Stamen's new work with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is live. Faced with the challenge of providing a way to navigate through upwards of 3,500 works in the museum's collection, we thought: why not show them all at once? and designed a structure allowing for visual navigation and exploration of these artworks.
SFMOMA  generous_interfaces  collection 
29 days ago
3D Scanning – Derby Museums
This British Science Week, we are delighted to share the progress we have been making in digitising our industrial collections. Discover how the latest 3D scanning technology is allowing us to make our collections accessible in new ways. Come and have a go at some 3D scanning and help us preserve our objects.
Derby_Silk_Mill  3d_scanning  sketchfab 
29 days ago
Digital Is More Than a Department, It Is a Collective Responsibility | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Five Questions We Will Be Asking about Digital at The Met

Vision: How can we better articulate the importance of digital technologies to The Met's future success, and what does successful digital transformation look like given the strategic goals of The Met? The latter will cover agreement around the mission-serving value of The Met's online users and our foci in cultivating that community.
Roles and Responsibilities: What are the digital tasks and functions of each department, and how can we de-emphasize the role of the Digital Department in order to create greater clarity around the functional teams it houses?
Leadership: What are the responsibilities of the leadership team for integrating digital as a horizontal within the institution, and what decision-making framework is required—prioritization, internal process development, skills building, trade-offs, culture, business alignment—to best meets the institution's strategic goals?
Culture: What type of institutional environment is necessary to enable our teams to succeed in the digital transformation of The Met's practices, and how can we successfully nurture and protect that environment?
Human Resources: How can we raise digital literacy and skill levels across the organization, both at the department and senior leadership levels?
Metropolitan_Museum_of_Art  Strategy  digital_transformation 
29 days ago
Linked Jazz 52nd Street
Linked Jazz is an ongoing project that applies Linked Open Data (LOD) technology to enhance the discovery and visibility of digital cultural heritage materials. Utilizing documents from digital archives of jazz history, Linked Jazz works to expose the social relationships between jazz musicians and reveal their community’s network. This project aims to help uncover meaningful connections between documents and data related to the lives of musicians who often practice in rich and diverse social networks. Read more about Linked Jazz on the Linked Jazz project website.
crowdsourcing  linked_data 
4 weeks ago
Directory of crowdsourcing websites – Non-profit crowd
Here is just a selection of crowdsourcing cultural heritage projects. Websites are actively crowdsourcing unless indicated with an asterisk.
crowdsourcing  list 
4 weeks ago
Honoring the ensemble by design. – Barnes Foundation – Medium
The “details” tab is the researcher/scholar landing area. It’s where you find all the metadata, image zooming (only available on works which are not under copyright), download and/or image requests (also copyright dependent). For the first time, we started adding contextual information to objects — here’s one that has a full set of information, so it provides a good example to look at. We can now publish short descriptions, long descriptions, and visual descriptions for those who are blind or sight impaired. We are also publishing an object’s publication history (online now), provenance, and exhibition history, both of which will be coming online in the next several weeks. Over time, these resources will continue to grow helping make information and scholarship readily available moving forward.
collection  Barnes_Foundation  generous_interfaces 
4 weeks ago
GitHub - IIIF/awesome-iiif: Awesome IIIF-related resources
The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) is a group of standard APIs around sharing and reuse of media. It is also a growing community of galleries, libraries, archives, museums, companies, and others who develop the standards and interoperable software implementations. Content includes helpful links around each of the standards, demonstrations of their use, and tutorials and presentations. The list is especially helpful for orienting new community members and developers.
IIIF  list 
4 weeks ago
New Ways of Seeing — Digitizing the Smithsonian – Design Journal – Medium
Before the project commenced, very little of Cooper Hewitt’s collection of 210,000 objects had been available to or seen by the general public. Now, there are over 220,000 images online (multiple views of some objects increase the number), with more being added daily as the museum continues to photograph new acquisitions and significant holdings of sketchbooks and sample books. In the fourteen months following the museum’s reopening in 2014, some 347,000 users explored the collection in 486,000 sessions and averaged over four minutes per session. The users are as diverse as the objects — casual browsers, designers, curators, educators, students, and serious researchers — but for the first time in the history of the Smithsonian Institution, visitors can view almost the entire Cooper Hewitt collection without ever stepping into in the museum.
Cooper-Hewitt  digitisation  collection  Smithsonian 
4 weeks ago
Easy and Practical SEO Wins for Museums - Eventbrite UK Blog
SEO is actually conceptually simple: it’s activity that improves the position of your website or other web real estate on search engines. Why would you want to do this? Because unless you run a very unusual sort of website, the vast majority of your traffic comes from Google. Take a look at your Google Analytics right now if you don’t believe me (Acquisition > Overview) – you’ll see maybe 60-70% of all your traffic comes from “organic search”. Translated, this is “people who search for a thing on Google and then end up on your website”.
4 weeks ago
Building a simple web-based VOD for iPad using React and Kiosk Pro
The first step was to produce a minimally viable video on demand running on iPads. Not as a replacement for the full 500–1000 title VOD in the Mediatheque, but as a small snapshot or sampling plate of some of the interesting an quirky things we have in our collection, that someone can watch or have a peek at over a meal or coffee at the cafe. This is just one of many kinds of solutions ACMI will be installing around the building before the end of the year.
kiosk  video  Australian_Centre_for_the_Moving_Image 
4 weeks ago
Jeff Koons x Snapchat
Jeff Koons is an American artist widely known for reimagining everyday objects – such as a simple balloon animal – into iconic works of art. Koons often transforms these familiar items into monumental, brilliantly coloured sculptures cast in stainless steel that reflect their surroundings, giving them new weight and new meaning. Discover Koons’ innovative digital installations scattered across the world to experience them for yourself, and learn a little more about them!
netart  art  Snapchat 
4 weeks ago
Impact | Europeana
Working in the cultural heritage sector is all about working towards making a difference in the people who visit and use our products and services. We believe that we are all better off if we understand how the things we do every day, week and month contribute to bringing about a change in people's lives.
impact  Europeana  toolkit  business_model 
4 weeks ago
TagTeam - Harvard Open Access Project
In addition to ordinary social tagging and bookmarking, TagTeam supports tag contributions from multiple platforms ("interoperable tagging"), the evolution of standard tag vocabularies ("folksonomy in, ontology out"), and boolean feed aggregation ("remix feeds"). Every tag and search publishes a feed in RSS, Atom, and JSON. TagTeam can subscribe to feeds from other platforms, and remix them with its own feeds. It stores all its tag records for deduping, export, preservation, modification, and search.
aggregator  Harvard  tools  open_source  rss  JSON 
4 weeks ago
The complexity of visual elements in digital connections.
The hope is that when you search by objects in this way, that you can begin to see visual connections among them; the reality is a bit tricky. Take, for example, search by color. When you search for a single color like blue (far left screenshot) or red (center) or a combination of blue + red (right) — the results have a lot of clarity.
Barnes_Foundation  generous_interfaces  collection 
4 weeks ago
The Seductive Currents of Electricity Pylons
In 1,000 historic photographs of electricity pylons shared by the Science Museum in London, a complex symbol of human progress rises above the landscape.
collection  archive  science_museum 
4 weeks ago
FromThePage - transcribe handwritten documents
You can start projects by uploading PDFs, taking pictures from your camera phone, or importing directly from several digital library systems. Transcribers can start work as soon as material is available and researchers will see their work as soon as each page is saved. You can export at any time, in a variety of formats.
crowdsourcing  transcription 
4 weeks ago
Framing the Museum GitHub Repository – Berkman Klein Center Collection – Medium
hen we use information, we need to understand what we’re looking at. We do this by framing that information — sharing new details about what it is and how we can use it. For museum collections that connect data points across centuries of artworks and objects, institutions are turning to new tools to share and communicate that data. Here, we can look at four institutions using GitHub as a platform to share collections data — the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian, Design Museum, and the Tate collection — as an opportunity to parse current practice in this area.
github  collection  open_data 
4 weeks ago
A digital strategy for Wellcome Collection – Stacks
Core to our new digital strategy is to bring together wellcomecollection.org, wellcomelibrary.org and wellcomeimages.org into a single website under the banner of Wellcome Collection.
Strategy  wellcome  museum_digital_strategy_document 
4 weeks ago
Home · benwbrum/fromthepage Wiki · GitHub
FromThePage is an open-source tool that allows volunteers to collaborate to transcribe handwritten documents.
crowdsourcing  transcription  open_source 
4 weeks ago
side-project-marketing/marketing-checklist.md at master · karllhughes/side-project-marketing · GitHub
The Side Project Marketing Checklist is a comprehensive, chronologically ordered list of marketing tactics and ideas that you can try with your next side project. The list is free and open source so feel free to suggest your own tips anytime.
marketing  checklist 
4 weeks ago
Shipmap.org | Visualisation of Global Cargo Ships | By Kiln and UCL
UCL EI took data showing location and speed of ships and cross-checked it with another database to get the vessel characteristics, such as engine type and hull measurements. With this information they were able to compute the CO2 emissions for each observed hour, following the approach laid out in the Third IMO Greenhouse Gas Study 2014. Kiln took the resulting dataset and visualized it with WebGL on top of a specially created base map, which shows bathymetry (ocean depth), based on the GEBCO_2014 Grid (version 20150318), as well as continents and major rivers from Natural Earth.
map  visualisation 
4 weeks ago
The crowdsourcing fallacy – Wikimedia Blog
your crowd is not diverse.
your crowd all thinks alike.
their task is not clear.
their mission is not compelling.
the technical platform is poorly designed or overly complicated.
there are not continued areas for growth and engagement over time.
the interface and the organizers are not responsive to change.
the community lacks social moderation or healthy behavioral norms.
it lacks mechanisms to address technical abuse and human harassment.
you do not recognize or empower the core users of your platform.
you lock it down and people have to jump through hoops to participate.
potential users lack free time, skills, access or awareness to contribute.
volunteers are hampered by legal restrictions or monetization attempts.
another more interesting or better crafted opportunity comes along.
you never attract enough people to have a crowd in the first place.
crowdsourcing  Wikipedia 
4 weeks ago
Using sprints for incremental improvements – ACMI LABS
I started by reviewing my notes from the conference, reading resources and stories on Sprint Stories, Design Thinking for Museums, reading Google’s Sprint Book and looked at lots of other museum’s what’s on pages. I also spoke to Dana and others that had run design sprints at their museums already to get their advice on the goal, structure, who to have in the room and anything they learnt or would do differently the next time.
agile  design_thinking  Australian_Centre_for_the_Moving_Image 
4 weeks ago
The Digital Museum: A Conversation between Loic Tallon and Julia Kaganskiy (Part I) | Art21 Magazine
For a special two-part “Invention” interview, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s chief digital officer Loic Tallon sat down with NEW INC director Julia Kaganskiy to discuss the recent developments in the digital role of museums and the future of their digital presence and influence.
Strategy  Metropolitan_Museum_of_Art  New_Museum_of_Contemporary_Art 
4 weeks ago
Survey Report on Digitisation in European Cultural Heritage Institutions 2015 - ENUMERATE Data Platform
The Report on ENUMERATE survey [Core Survey 3, 2015] represents the fourth major study into the current state of digitisation in Europe: in 2008 the NUMERIC Study was done, and in 2011 and 2013 the follow-up Core Survey 1 and Core Survey 2 were organised.
Core Survey 3 is the result of a survey carried out by the ENUMERATE Team, as a relatively self-contained part of the overarching Europeana v3 project, that was funded under the EU CIP programme.
About 1,000 institutions answered the call to participate between February and May 2015. This most recent survey in the series could not have been done without the help of national coordinators, in 31 European countries (in 13 languages).
digitisation  survey  Europeana  europe  benchmarks 
5 weeks ago
UN Live
UN Live Online will be the museum’s global platform — a vibrant marketplace of ideas and inspiration that will foster engagement through dialogue, collaboration, and play. Innovation competitions, social media, and curated content will be woven together with real-world activities, games, and meet-ups to encourage people everywhere to work together on global challenges.
UNlive  Strategy 
6 weeks ago
Everything Anywhere: Welcome to Your New Life as a Platform
The signs are all around us: Museums are abandoning the museum-as-building paradigm and even stepping beyond the museum-as-building+website “tiny addendum model” to embrace the idea of the museum as platform. Not in a coordinated rush, and certainly not at similar speeds but as an audible rumble fueled by the affordances of digital technologies.
6 weeks ago
Archives & Access Toolkit – Archives & Access Toolkit | Tate
The Archives & Access project (2012–2017), funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Tate, has been a five-year programme of digital access, participation and learning with archives. The project digitised over 52,000 items and pieces from Tate's Archive while developing associated engagement activities at Tate Britain, on the Tate website, and with partners across the UK.

As a result of the project, Tate has accrued experience that can be shared with others who are soon to or already embarked upon archive digitisation initiatives.
Tate  digitisation  toolkit  archive 
6 weeks ago
Roger Water – Parametrically generated, animated and populated A/V experience
Created for and in collaboration with an electronic music band Niagra, Roger Water is a web based interactive 360 VR and live A/V experience by Stefano Maccarelli. The project is an a endless immersive exploration of a generative, infinite open world, set in a surreal Earth-like world, of a parallel universe connected to ours, populated by objects from modern terrestrial civilisation and terrestrial creatures that behave in unusual ways.
vr  netart 
6 weeks ago
Social Media Playbook - GDS Digital Engagement
A Playbook is “a notional range of possible tactics in any sphere of activity”;  and that’s what we’re trying to share here.

It outlines how we at GDS use social media, what we’ve grown to understand as best practice for the channels we use, what we've learned and what we're planning to do in the future. We’re hoping it will serve as a resource for anyone managing social media in the UK government. It’s not a definitive article, as a good social media strategy will always be bespoke to individual needs.
gov.uk  social_media  guidelines 
6 weeks ago
Why museums should stop producing exhibitions – Kajsa Hartig – Medium
There are of course plenty of examples of where the museum experience has been extended beyond the physical visit. One that comes to mind is the Ai Wei Wei exhibition at Tate Modern in 2010. The website One-to-one, supporting artist–visitor dialogue is a great example of moving parts of the physical experience beyond the museum building. Encouraging the audience to interact both during the visit, and visiting the website both before and afterwards, starting a dialogue with the artist himself.
exhibition  Strategy 
6 weeks ago
Hive: Open-Source Crowdsourcing Framework | nytlabs ← Research, thoughts, and process from The New York Times R&D Lab
The system we built is Hive, an open-source platform that lets developers produce crowdsourcing applications for a variety of contexts. Informed by our work on Streamtools, Hive’s technical architecture takes advantage of Go’s efficiency in parsing and transmitting JSON along with its straightforward interface to Elasticsearch. Combining the speed of a compiled language with the flexibility of a search engine means Hive is able to handle a wide variety of user-submitted contributions on diverse sets of tasks.
New_York_Times  transcription  crowdsourcing  open_source 
6 weeks ago
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