National Park Service. Visitor Experience for the Next Centennial | Jadie Oh
Define the National Park Service’s visions for digital integration, visitor experience with digital and programs / projects to support the next generation of park visitor. A joint effort with the Accenture team.
National_Park_Service  journey_mapping  ux  audience_research 
8 hours ago
VR meets the Smithsonian | The Network
But the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) is exploring a virtual reality (VR) experience that sets a new high bar in technological sophistication and artistry. The project—for now an internal pilot—would allow people anywhere to virtually visit the second-floor east wing of the Washington, D.C. museum. The VR experience would allow them to interact in unique and immersive ways with three exhibits—a painting, a sculpture and a three-panel video installation.
America_Art_Museum  Smithsonian  vr 
Data Viz Project | Collection of data visualizations to get inspired and finding the right type.
This is a website trying to present all relevant data visualizations, so you can find the right visualization and get inspiration on how to do it.
visualisation  data 
A well-planned approach: Digital content & social media at HOME, Manchester | ArtsProfessional
Creating effective social media messaging and engaging digital content takes time and careful planning. Sarah Leech describes the approach at HOME in Manchester.
Virtual Reality Sessions: Lessons learnt for the cultural cinema sector | Pervasive Media Studio
In June 2017, Watershed presented four VR experiences in a season called Virtual Reality Sessions. This case study, by season curator Catherine Allen, sets out our approach, what we showed, and what we learnt.
vr  Watershed 
The 80:20 Rule and Google Analytics — One Further
The Arts Marketing Association asked me to contribute an article to the latest issue of JAM - the Journal of Arts Marketing.

The issue focused on the role of data, and my piece answered one of the most common questions I get about Google Analytics - "what are the essentials I should be doing?"

So, following the 80:20 rule, I thought about how arts marketers could get as much benefit as possible from Google Analytics, in the shortest possible time.
Deeper, more meaningful art-experiences with digital
This post details our ongoing journey to create deep and meaningful art-experiences online. It tells our story of slow looking experiments, and an online collection project where the slow looking experiments were made real.
Clyfford_Still_Museum  collection  cogapp 
Museum Nice and Simple Ticketing — front-ending Tessitura
So, when I was back home and fresh from heading to the Tessitura conference (TLCC) in DC in 2016, I was really keen to have a go at building our own ticketing site. The idea was to create something that could look after this key user journey, building a product that could sit alongside TNEW, where we could safely test and experiment with a login-less and cart-less experience for our most common transactions, keeping TNEW for all other purchases and as a simple fallback option in case we ran into any issues with our own site. The idea was a safe way to build something bespoke that was highly tuned to ACMI’s needs.
Tessitura  Australian_Centre_for_the_Moving_Image  development  checkout 
Two museums are having a fight on Twitter and it's gloriously informative
2017 is undoubtedly the year of the feud. As celebrities and corporations alike take to Twitter to hash things out, two of the UK's most respected scientific institutions, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum, have got in on the action.
science_museum  Twitter  Natural_History_Museum 
3 days ago
Lost in adaptation? | Ecsite
As smartphone ownership increased (now at 76% in the UK, while a February 2016 report from the Pew Research Centre states that a median of 68% of adults report owning a smartphone in 11 “advanced economies” countries) and mobile devices are taking over PC in accessing the internet, mobile is the way that many audiences mediate the world. However, it’s worth noting that the key change that came about in 2007 was the introduction of applications commonly known as apps - software that could be published by anyone and downloaded by users to their own device. Applications such as Word or Adobe PDF reader had been around for years but the idea that these were now easier to publish and easily accessible for people to download onto a device they carried with them all the time, seemed like the ultimate democratic product. Organisations could take control of their own digital destiny and so apps have come to dominate the conversation about mobile use.
research  app  mobile 
3 days ago
Ed Vaizey: the tech revolution is barely touching the world of culture – and it should be | The Drum
Of course, Art UK and the Google Cultural Institute are pioneers here, but we need to see what can happen when our world is let loose on our national collections. As well as this straightforward aim, the conversation also seeks to look at how we can present art in different formats.
ArtUK  Google_Cultural_Institute  dcms 
3 days ago
Autoplay - The Chromium Projects
Under the new policy media content will be allowed to autoplay under the following conditions:
The content is muted, or does not include any audio (video only)
The user tapped or clicked somewhere on the site during the browsing session
On mobile, if the site has been added to the Home Screen by the user
On desktop, if the user has frequently played media on the site, according to the Media Engagement Index
chrome  video 
3 days ago
Chrome will no longer autoplay content with sound in January 2018 | VentureBeat
Google today announced Chrome is going to war with autoplay. Starting next year, Chrome will only autoplay a given piece of content when the media won’t play sound or the user has indicated an interest in the media.
chrome  video 
3 days ago
Automating mass-digitisation with Inselect | Digital Collections Programme | Blogs from the Natural History Museum
To digitise the collection we are developing digital capture flows that cater for a wide range of collection types. One of the applications we have developed is Inselect – a cross-platform, open source desktop PC application that automates the cropping of individual images of specimens from whole-drawer scans.
digitisation  Natural_History_Museum  image_recognition  open_source 
3 days ago
How a stranger 700 miles away is showing me the world's greatest art
The timing has been strangely ideal. Almost a month back, I was in hospital for a short but exhausting multiple sclerosis treatment, which has left me languid and occasionally confused upon waking. With a few weeks off work, I have been stirring late with nothing to do but lie tangled in the duvet and gawp at my phone. Dawdling on Instagram one morning, I saw that @MuseoPrado, the Spanish gallery's official account, was filming a live video. I tapped on the icon and found I was staring at a vast, intricate arrangement of humanity, arms and legs and bodies clustered together, some terrified, some placid, some monstrous. In the distance, rounded hills gave way to the perfect edge of an electric blue sea. It was arresting, this scene: it seemed so medieval and also so modern.
prado  instagram  live  streaming 
3 days ago
Mapping islands: Visualizing a job history dataset - MCNMCN
Our team has pulled together several collections of job titles and descriptions. But mining data is always a messy affair. The datasets we’ve amassed each have their own special inconsistencies. Sample sizes and source types fluctuate. There are conspicuous holes within the 50-year timespan. As we begin to plot these varied findings in relation to each other, how do we analyze data that defies easy comparison?
job_descriptions  mcn  visualisation 
6 days ago
Six charities with excellent online donation user journeys | Econsultancy
It’s hard enough for charities to convince consumers to want to donate in the first place, never mind guiding them through the process – so which charities do it best? Here’s just six examples and the reasons why they’re so effective.
donation  fundraising  checkout  ux 
6 days ago
How We Collected WeChat | Victoria and Albert Museum
The V&A has added WeChat, China’s largest social media platform, to its permanent collection. If you’re visiting the museum, you’ll be able to see a small display of the application in Gallery 76 during the London Design Festival and in the ensuing months. To say ‘we’ve collected an app’ elicits a range of puzzled reactions. How do you collect an app? What is the thing you’re actually collecting? And what for? The fact is, collecting digital is a new frontier for design museums.
WeChat  V&A  collection  born_digital  digital_preservation 
6 days ago
Five takeaways on how museums are adapting to digital age demands - Knight Foundation
In May 2017, Knight Foundation announced funding to 12 art museums as part of an initiative to help museums better use technology to meaningfully engage visitors in art. Aligned with this goal, I spent much of my summer researching ways to scale new  tools and approaches in support of museum tech.  
trends  Strategy  Knight_Foundation 
9 days ago
These are the most important developments in the podcast business so far in 2017 » Nieman Journalism Lab
Audience size: 67 million U.S. monthly listeners, according to Edison and Triton Digital’s annual Infinite Dial report, up 21 percent from 57 million from the year before. The volume of growth between 2017 and 2016 is slightly less than the period immediately preceding it (4 percentage points off a smaller base), which was a source of consternation among some in the podcast community at the time.
podcast  benchmarks  kpis  trends 
12 days ago
Exploring Histograms
Histograms are a way to summarize a numeric variable. They use counts to aggregate similar values together and show you the overall distribution. However, they can be sensitive to parameter choices! We're going to take you step by step through the considerations with lots of data visualizations. If there's anything you do not understand after reading the essay, you can contact us; our contact information is at the very end. Comments and suggestions are welcomed!
histogram  visualisation 
12 days ago
Cultural Analytics Lab: A View from Above: Exploratory Visualizations of MoMA Photography Collection
The use of quantitative analysis and visualization for the study of cultural visual data allows us to view cultural artifacts in new ways, to confirm and describe more precisely the existing understanding of historical developments, and, potentially, to reveal previously unnoticed patterns. This essay presents visualizations of photographs in the Thomas Walther Collection at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in relation to the greater MoMA photography collection. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that historical patterns in a large photography collection have been analyzed and visualized using quantitative computer techniques.
MoMA  visualisation  collection  photography 
12 days ago
Exploring 3D & Geometric Web Design Trends
How to get that 3D, abstract and geometrical design look for your website.
webdesign  animation  design_inspiration 
13 days ago
Museum objects and Instagram: agency and communication in digital engagement: Continuum: Vol 0, No 0
In recent years, museums have focused on engaging the public in their collections, exhibitions and programming as they reimagine themselves in the light of changes in technology and visitor expectations. This article spotlights public engagement with museum objects from the perspective of museum visitors, specifically how they engage with objects through the visual social media platform of Instagram. It draws on a case study of Instagram users who visited one popular, urban, Australian museum of contemporary art. We argue that visitor engagement with museum objects on Instagram is informed by agency and authority on the part of the user, and a primary motivation to communicate shared experiences using photography. Findings include a significant focus on objects despite public concerns that social media use in museum spaces is leading to a decreased public engagement in this area. Implications stemming from the research include specific insights for museum practice and understandings that have a potential to impact communication, engagement, and contemporary cultural practices generally.
instagram  research  audience_research 
14 days ago
LibCrowds · GitHub
A platform for hosting crowdsourcing projects from the British Library
github  open_source  British_Library  crowdsourcing 
14 days ago
Crowdsourcing projects from the British Library - LibCrowds
LibCrowds is a platform for hosting experimental crowdsourcing projects aimed at improving access to the diverse collections held at the British Library.
British_Library  crowdsourcing 
14 days ago
The E-Commerce Benchmark KPI Study 2017: 15 Essential Takeaways - Moz
E-commerce websites averaged 1.6% overall. Travel came in at 2.4%. Online-only retailers saw 1.8% conversion rates, while their multichannel counterparts averaged 1.2%
ecommerce  kpis  metrics  benchmarks  analytics  2017 
14 days ago
Cleveland Museum of Art's New ArtLens Gallery Will Give Visitors a More Interactive Experience | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog
In a world of touchscreens and augmented reality, how do you make a visit to an art museum engaging and unique for new audiences of all ages? The Cleveland Museum of Art might have found the answer in its new ArtLens Gallery (formerly Gallery One), featuring new touchscreen-free digital interactive elements.
Cleveland_Museum_of_Art  motion_tracking  gesture_interface 
14 days ago
Reverse information architecture: How is exploration manifested in online collections of museums? – Urban Complexity Lab
When visiting cultural collections online, the term of exploration seems to gain more and more currency. But what does it promise exactly? And how is it implemented into the web-based interfaces of digital collections of museum? To answer these questions, reverse information architecture brings together several methods for examining page elements and navigation topologies meant to support exploration.
collection  research  information_architecture 
14 days ago
Cookies | ICO
What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is downloaded on to your computer when you visit a website. Cookies are used by many websites and can do a number of things, eg remembering your preferences, recording what you have put in your shopping basket, and counting the number of people looking at a website.

The rules on cookies are covered by the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations. The Regulations also cover similar technologies for storing information, eg Flash cookies. The Regulations were revised in 2011, and the ICO is responsible for enforcing these rules.
cookies  ico 
14 days ago
Cookies and similar technologies | ICO
You must tell people if you set cookies, and clearly explain what the cookies do and why. You must also get the user’s consent. Consent can be implied, but must be knowingly given.

There is an exception for cookies that are essential to provide an online service at someone’s request (eg to remember what’s in their online basket, or to ensure security in online banking).

The same rules also apply if you use any other type of technology to store or gain access to information on someone’s device.
cookies  ico 
14 days ago
How we build products at the V&A – agile or fragile? | Victoria and Albert Museum
What does it really mean to be agile at a museum? Do we risk shipping half-baked products if we adopt the principles of the lean startup? Can we ever be truly agile if we need to urgently address security issues midway through a sprint?
agile  V&A 
14 days ago
Looking Back at Digital Learning at the Tate Gallery: an interview with Kat Box | Moosha Moosha Mooshme
Kathryn manages and produces content for the Tate Kids website and the Tate Kids social channels, which focuses on games and films and articles that speak to kids’ interests in art and the wider world. After three years invested at the Tate, she seemed like the perfect person to speak with to learn about their latest innovations in digital learning and across the British art scene in general.
tate  Tate_Kids  interview 
14 days ago
Mystery solved: unknown soldier was painted by his mother | Art and design | The Guardian
The Art Detective project invites the public to join forces with museum curators, art historians and costume experts to identify mystery paintings: more than 100 debates are currently rumbling on. Amateur local historians, genealogists, map collectors and devotees of the yellowing pages of centuries-old regional newspapers chip in snippets of knowledge that often lead to genuine revelations – a watercolour puzzlingly titled Margate in the Time of Turner, owned by Kirklees Museum, was recently triumphantly identified as a work by Walter Sickert, inspired by a print in an 1852 copy of Leisure Hour magazine.
ArtUK  crowdsourcing  art_history  research  Guardian 
21 days ago
Museums, show your collection some love – uxdesign.cc
I was shocked to find that 90% of usability test participants had difficulty identifying the Collection tab as a place where they could discover highlights from the collection; 50% of the participants never navigated to the Collection tab at all. Most participants searched for this information on the Visit and Exhibitions pages instead. Some users moused over the Collection tab and read the drop down menu, but still did not recognize this section of the website as an area where the museum’s highlights might be featured.
collection  webdesign  Usability  navigation 
21 days ago
The MET in pictures
For our project, Visualizing Visions, we created an interactive visualization that lets you explore the digital collection of the Met. What you see on the left is a random selection of artworks, one per country. After a complete cycle a new selection is automatically loaded.

You can click on a location to move the position of the globe. Also, you can click on associated keywords to alter the selection of objects.
Metropolitan_Museum_of_Art  generous_interfaces  map 
22 days ago
Immersive history: Russia’s Hermitage Museum embraces VR
He adds:  “The  museum  was  looking  for  any kind  of  VR  experience  and  we  introduced  our vision of how a VR fi lm could be beneficial in sharing  its  2,500-year  history.”  Unlike  previous work  with  commercials  and  short  videos,  this project offered the content team the opportunity to  meticulously  plan  the  direction  they  would take it in over several months – including casting star actors and using new equipment that could capture higher quality video.
Hermitage_Museum  VR 
22 days ago
single digital presence - The British Library
The British Library is to lead an 18-month scoping project to establish the demand for and possible shape of a ‘single digital presence’ for UK public libraries.
British_Library  library  commons 
22 days ago
A short history of eclipses
Use Convene to prepare and distribute board packs, send out email invites and calendar events to board members and set the agenda. Need to make changes or update documents?
Twitter  science_museum  storytelling 
27 days ago
Top Trends in the Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2017 - Smarter With Gartner
While human augmentation is just at the beginning of the innovation trigger phase of the Hype Cycle, complementary emerging technologies such as machine learning, blockchain, drones (commercial UAVs), software-defined security and brain-computer interfaces have moved significantly along the Hype Cycle since 2016.
27 days ago
The “Open by Default” Journey of Auckland Museum’s Collections Online – SocietyByte
We have two guiding principles to help us navigate towards this transformed horizon. That: “we are open as a rule – closed by exception” and that “we are one collection, not many”.
Auckland_War_Memorial_Museum  collection  commons  creative_commons 
27 days ago
How 3D Audio Is Making Art Museums Come Alive
Or imagine a historic site, a castle or a cathedral, where the space itself forms the experience. With 3D sound, you can create the impression that the visitor is part of the space and that the stories from the past, the people who lived there, were still happening and communicating right there and where the listener stands.
audio  3D_audio 
27 days ago
Announcing the new British Library Research Data Strategy - Digital scholarship blog
Our vision for the British Library is that research data are as integrated into our collections, research and services as text is today. The British Library's users will be able to consume research data online through tools that enable it to be analysed, visualised and understood by non-specialists. Research data will be integrated into our collections and shared storage hubs and we will deliver data from trusted external hosts. All will be easy to discover and linked to related research outputs, be they text, data or multimedia.
data  British_Library  digital_preservation  openness 
27 days ago
Settle Carlisle
The railway line from Settle to Carlisle was built in the 1870s. It is one of the World’s great railway journeys. On this site you can explore the railway in an exciting new way.
3d_scanning  photogrammetry  train  map  history 
27 days ago
An audio experiment: Aardman podcast – ACMI LABS
Activating audience engagement after the visit is even more challenging. One of the only ways we can directly contact visitors after they leave is if they pre-purchased online. For these visitors a post visit survey is sent out to gather feedback on the exhibition experience. The open rate on this post-visit email is running at about 20% with only 2% clicking through to the podcast. We are also speaking to the same audience who received the pre-visit email and all those who buy as walkups at the museum ticket office get no notifcation.
podcast  audioguide  Australian_Centre_for_the_Moving_Image 
27 days ago
Easy image alignment with IIIF | Victoria and Albert Museum
Our objective is not to make images match each other in perfect alignment if they don’t naturally. Scaling and cropping is sufficient for our needs and we would not want to deform images in order to make all details neatly line up. Take some of Constable’s preparatory sketches, for example. By aligning the main tower as a consistent focal point, with birds attached, we can spot more transient details changing. It is interesting to note that in some of Constable’s studies we can see him shifting fixed objects, or removing them entirely.
27 days ago
IIIF Update: Interoperability for Audio & Video Resources - Council on Library and Information Resources
As video and audio resources are increasingly digitized for access and preservation, cultural heritage institutions are now looking to IIIF to provide the same advanced user functionality and improved repository maintenance benefits for digital A/V collections as for still images.
collection  IIIF  audio  video 
29 days ago
A Few Good Tools: Board Portals and Other Ways to Collaborate - Idealware
Choosing the right one is a matter of requirements and budget. We talked to a number of board members, nonprofit staffers who support them, and consultants in the field to find out what to consider when reviewing tools for board collaboration. Here’s what we learned.
4 weeks ago
The Digital Transformation of Museums | INSEAD Knowledge
Digital technologies can help cultural institutions offer visitors an exceptional experience. While some museums have adapted, there is still a lot they can learn from each other. In this article, we take a look at the best practices of engaged museums and adjacent industries and the new opportunities that emerging digital technologies offer.
4 weeks ago
The emergence of the chief digital officer in cultural institutions | Thought Leadership | Russell Reynolds Associates
Our interviews showed that there are four major factors preventing many organizations from making such a bold move:

Scarce talent
Internal resistance
Organizational inertia
Resource constraints
digital_transformation  Strategy 
4 weeks ago
Observations and advice on analytics at the Getty | July 19, 2017 - Google Slides
We don’t set objectives often enough so it’s hard or impossible to measure success
Goals = broad outcomes; Objectives = measurable steps
Don’t begin with “What does the audience want?”
Do begin with “What do we want to achieve with this project?”
Many silos of responsibility
Collaboration across programs has challenges (but the audience just wants its content)
presentation  Getty  analytics  kpis  metrics 
4 weeks ago
4 Key Questions to Ask Before Selecting an Enterprise Commerce Platform
The digital commerce platform market has undergone significant changes over the last several years. Acquisitions, technology advancements, and customer expectations have altered the commerce platform landscape and left brands wondering if their investment will realize an ROI, or more fundamentally if their platform provider will still be around in 5 years.
4 weeks ago
The Smithsonian art museum dove into VR with Intel's help
Hopping into the Face in the Crowd exhibit placed me in a black room with three walls playing video, just like you'd see in an actual museum. The piece explores moments of quiet contemplation among strangers in large groups, and it was especially moving in VR, where their projected faces seem almost theatrical. When I turned around, I found myself face-to-face with director Alex Prager -- or at least a volumetric 3D version of her -- who offered up her own commentary on the piece. I was able to switch among her audio and the videos simply by looking in different directions.
vr  America_Art_Museum  Smithsonian 
4 weeks ago
NMC Releases Second Horizon Project Strategic Brief on Digital Literacy | The New Media Consortium
The New Media Consortium (NMC) has released Digital Literacy in Higher Education, Part II: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief, a follow-up to its 2016 strategic brief on digital literacy. Commissioned by Adobe, this independent research builds upon the established baseline definitions of digital literacy from the 2016 brief, examining digital literacy through a global and discipline-specific lens to reveal new contexts that are shaping the way learners create, discover, and critically assess digital content.
digital_skills  digital_transformation 
4 weeks ago
Abstract: We present TimeLineCurator, a browser-based authoring tool that automatically extracts event data from temporal references in unstructured text documents using natural language processing and encodes them along a visual timeline. Our goal is to facilitate the timeline creation process for journalists and others who tell temporal stories online. Current solutions involve manually extracting and formatting event data from source documents, a process that tends to be tedious and error prone. With TimeLineCurator, a prospective timeline author can quickly identify the extent of time encompassed by a document, as well as the distribution of events occurring along this timeline. Authors can speculatively browse possible documents to quickly determine whether they are appropriate sources of timeline material. TimeLineCurator provides controls for curating and editing events on a timeline, the ability to combine timelines from multiple source documents, and export curated timelines for online deployment. We evaluate TimeLineCurator through a benchmark comparison of entity extraction error against a manual timeline curation process, a preliminary evaluation of the user experience of timeline authoring, a brief qualitative analysis of its visual output, and a discussion of prospective use cases suggested by members of the target author communities following its deployment.
timeline  visualisation 
4 weeks ago
10 guidelines to improve your web accessibility | Aerolab
We put together a list of ten web accessibility guidelines that will guarantee access to your site to any person, in spite of their disabilities.
accessibility  guidelines 
4 weeks ago
@GettyHub Objectives + KPIs (July 2017) - Google Docs
The purpose of the social media pilot is to determine whether audience-first, cross-Program social media is currently viable at the Getty.

The goal of the @GettyHub Twitter account is to provide an interdisciplinary social media destination representing all Getty programs that meet the needs of scholars and professionals for trustworthy resources for research, practice, and teaching.
Getty  collaboration  metrics  analytics  kpis 
4 weeks ago
Starting, Sticking, and Growing: Exploring and Scaling What’s Working for Cultural Heritage Organizations and Volunteer - Google Slides
Between 20-40 attendees on average w approximately 50% new editors
Only 10% attendees were staff members
Experienced Wikimedians comprised 25% of participants (*crucial to have participants with Admin status)
Behind-the-scenes or additional learning opportunities contributed to success of attendance at event
Smithsonian  archive  Wikipedia  edit-a-thon  presentation 
4 weeks ago
Computer vision so good. – Barnes Foundation – Medium
For the visual similarity bit, we’ve been working with Ahmed Elgammal from Rutgers and his startup Artrendex. Ahmed’s work is strictly focused on the visual relationships of images and we were extremely excited about his results — we thought this part was going to be our toughest challenge of the project, but he had so much experience it turned out to be one of the most seamless. That said, we noticed something very quickly. The similarity results were so good they were too good — at least for the Barnes.
Barnes_Foundation  collection  image_recognition 
4 weeks ago
The Forever Project: Holograms of Holocaust survivors on show in V&A’s special interactive exhibition - The Jewish Chronicle
Sarah Coward, from the centre, said: “Meeting a Holocaust survivor in person is a remarkable experience. It has a real impact on young people who need to understand that these horrific events happened in the all-too-recent past.
V&A  hologram  exhibition 
4 weeks ago
Pushing the needle: a shop in our front hall | Transformation – digital and beyond
Each year until at least 2022 we need to grow our retail revenue and profitability by 10% or greater. At Bristol Museum & Art Gallery our retail is typical of the sector in converting about 10% of visitors into shoppers. For us, this will not be enough to do what we need to do. But we must hit our target.
Bristol_Museums_Service  shop 
5 weeks ago
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 375,000 windows on art history, and that’s just the beginning – Wikimedia Blog
Richard Knipel, the Wikimedian in residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, looks back at the efforts made and future plans to further support collaboration between the museum and the Wikimedia movement.
Wikipedia  open_access  commons  wikimedia  Metropolitan_Museum_of_Art  collection 
5 weeks ago
Matched crowdfunding for the arts and heritage sectors: Case studies and top tips from projects | Nesta
If you are interested in exploring the full range of projects that were awarded match funding, you can see all succesfull arts campaigns here and successful heritage campaigns here.
crowdfunding  nesta 
5 weeks ago
Five ‘reframings’ to turbo-boost any museum digital project
Reframing ‘tech’ in museums as a tool for telling ‘stories’ about ‘stuff’
Reframing the museum’s main challenge as visitor-centric and emotional
Reframing each challenge as visitor-centric and grounded in collections
Reframing elements of the problem as general component specifications
Reframing component specifications in relation to feasible ‘tech’ solutions
cogapp  agile  project_management  Strategy 
5 weeks ago
IMPACT Centre of Competence
The Impact Centre of Competence in Digitisation is a not for profit organisation, comprised of public and private institutions, with the mission to make the digitisation of historical printed text “better, faster, cheaper”. It provides tools, services and facilities to further advance the state-of-the-art in the field of document imaging, language technology and the processing of historical text.
digitisation  ocr 
5 weeks ago
Integrating Animation into a Design System · An A List Apart Article
Brand qualities translated to motion
Brand feel Animation feel Effect examples
brand  animation  ux 
5 weeks ago
Artnome is the blog of Jason Bailey, an art nerd building the world's largest analytical database of known works across our most important artists. Think Zillow / Moneyball for art and artists.
art  visualisation  open_data 
5 weeks ago
Making Contact: Digital experiments with visitor donations
We wanted to make donating as easy as dropping a coin in a bucket and keep the “one-tap-and-your-done” philosophy that makes contactless so great to begin with. This meant discarding any thoughts of capturing visitor data or asking for user generated content etc.
fundraising  donation  national_museums_of_scotland 
5 weeks ago
Broadcasting live from the museums, the paintings will be introduced by leading art experts in a series of captivating 15-minute episodes.
Van_Gogh  facebook  facebook_live  streaming  live  national_gallery  van_gogh_museum 
6 weeks ago
The power of patronage at the Great Shrine of Amaravati – The British Museum Blog
The Great Shrine of Amaravati was one of the most important Buddhist monuments in the world. Curator Imma Ramos explains the long history of this sacred site, and how we're using new technology to help people find out about the people who funded its construction.
archaeology  British_Museum  Google_Cultural_Institute 
6 weeks ago
Quickstart  |  Google Cloud Vision API Documentation  |  Google Cloud Platform
This quickstart steps you through the process of:

Creating a Cloud Storage bucket.
Uploading your image to Cloud Storage and making it public.
Making a request to the Vision API with that image.
6 weeks ago
When art meets big data: Analyzing 200,000 items from The Met collection in BigQuery | Google Cloud Big Data and Machine Learning Blog  |  Google Cloud Platform
Today we’re adding a new public dataset to Google BigQuery: over 200,000 items from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (aka “The Met”), representing all its public domain art from a total of 1.5 million art objects. The Met Museum Public Domain dataset includes metadata about each piece of art, along with an image or images of the artifact. Google and The Met Museum have been close collaborators for years through Google Arts & Culture and we’re incredibly excited to bring the museum's public dataset to BigQuery.
open_data  Metropolitan_Museum_of_Art  google_vision_api  google 
6 weeks ago
Redesigning our website with Area 17. – Barnes Foundation – Medium
If there’s anything groundbreaking about the site, I think this is it. All of our pages are modular with modules able to be used on almost every page. No longer are we working with the rigid structure of templates. We now have a series of options and pages are built in a modular fashion that’s very fluid.
Barnes_Foundation  website  redesign 
6 weeks ago
These two women are building an African American history museum online
Black history is deeply personal to NMAAHC’s social following, and Spruce and Ruffin take that seriously. On social media, they try to add humanity to historical figures that have gotten lost in the narrative of American history.
National_Museum_of_African_American_History  social_media 
6 weeks ago
Get your vocabularies in Wikidata... - Europeana Professional
Our proposal is basically to use Wikidata as a pivot to access links to more specialised vocabularies[3]. The practical approach for a data provider would consist in several steps resulting in the alignment of their source vocabulary with Wikidata. This would benefit:
Europeana  wikidata  linked_open_data 
6 weeks ago
Exploring how to order a museum’s digital collections | Victoria and Albert Museum
I began by running a small workshop with a group of design, tech and content people. As a first step, it felt appropriate to use a card sorting exercise to at least get a sense of our internal perception of how theses things should be grouped. Card sorting works by giving each participant in the exercise the opportunity to organise a list of topics into groups that make sense to them. In our exercise this was 29 pieces of paper each with a collection name on it. We each arranged these as we felt fit and named our groups.
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6 weeks ago
Celebrating Six Months of Open Access, plus The Met on Google BigQuery | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
More than 90% of the CC0 images have been uploaded to Wikimedia Commons, we hosted our first Wikimedia Edit-a-thon and Met Open Access Art Challenge, we've witnessed a 500% increase in new Wikipedia articles featuring Met images (6,598 as of June 2017), and traffic to the online collection from the Wikimedia platforms has increased by 10%. Richard Knipel, our Wikimedian-in-Residence, recently blogged about this program.
Metropolitan_Museum_of_Art  wikimedia  Wikipedia  creative_commons  commons  collection 
6 weeks ago
Make the most of your roadmap - Government Digital Service
However, the development of services often requires us to operate in areas of uncertainty and work with agility. Roadmaps can be used at the team level, service level, and organisational level. They are great tools for making strategic decisions in spaces with low certainty. We can use them to maximise the value of public service for our users. We can set goals for our teams, reprioritise quickly, and work with senior leadership teams.
gov.uk  roadmap 
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