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Introducing “Inspired by Mia,” a site for artwork influenced by Mia’s collection
But now Mia is encouraging creation within its walls. Make art of your own, inspired by the museum’s collection, and we’ll share it on our new site called Inspired by Mia. It’s easy to submit images and videos for review.
Minneapolis_Institute_of_Arts  collection  user_generated_content 
2 days ago
How to Create and Publish a Chrome Extension in 20 minutes
Chrome extensions allow you to add functionality to the Chrome web browser without diving deeply into native code. That’s awesome because you can create new extensions for Chrome with core technologies that web developers are very familiar with - HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. If you’ve ever built a web page, you’ll will be able to create an extension faster than you can have lunch. The only thing you need to learn is how to add some functionality to Chrome through some of the JavaScript APIs that Chrome exposes.
chrome  extension 
2 days ago
HDC LIBRARY - Tilden's Tips
Provoke: attention, curiosity and interest.
Relate: to the everyday life of your visitors.
Reveal: the main concept or theme through some creative or unusual viewpoint.
Address the Whole: make sure your program relates to your main Project THEME.
Message unity: use the correct supporting elements in your program to illustrate your theme or main concept.
Interpretation  principles 
3 days ago
Heritage interpretation - Wikipedia ("Tilden's principles" of interpretation)
Any interpretation that does not somehow relate what is being displayed or described to something within the personality or experience of the visitor will be sterile.
Information, as such, is not Interpretation. Interpretation is revelation based upon information. But they are entirely different things. However all interpretation includes information.
Interpretation is an art, which combines many arts, whether the materials presented are scientific, historical or architectural. Any art is in some degree teachable.
The chief aim of Interpretation is not instruction, but provocation.
Interpretation should aim to present a whole rather than a part, and must address itself to the whole man rather than any phase.
Interpretation addressed to children (say up to the age of twelve) should not be a dilution of the presentation to adults, but should follow a fundamentally different approach. To be at its best it will require a separate program.
principles  Interpretation 
3 days ago
‘Maintaining’ the Future of Museums – Chad Weinard – Medium
Gathered notes and images from a talk at MuseumNext, NYC. When there was a call for ideas on the future of museums, I couldn’t help myself. What better place to talk about infrastructure than an innovation conference? Thanks to Jim and all at MuseumNext for inviting me. TL;DR Let’s stop with the shiny projects. Let’s take the best of museum culture and the best of innovation culture, and get to work innovating on infrastructure.
museumnext  innovation 
5 days ago
All At Once | Studio TheGreenEyl
Using augmented reality (AR), viewers become empowered to walk themselves through important aspects of the collection. They can scan any artifact of the grid and a digital layer immediately shows different connections between the artworks in a dynamic way. For example, the AR layer can show all artworks from a specific year, independently of its geographical origins. Or it can show all the works of a particular artist throughout the collection. Viewers can follow curated storylines around topics such as race, gender, provenance on virtual pathlines and walk through these stories in the physical space.
ar  collection  immersive  installation 
5 days ago
ANTLITZ.NINJA
ANTLITZ.NINJA was developed for the Coding da Vinci Hackathon Rhein-Main 2018. ANTLITZ.NINJA is a web-based application to create new pieces of art from existing paintings and drawings. ANTLITZ.NINJA is compatible with the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF).

BEWARE! ANTLITZ.NINJA is a hack, it is not intended to demonstrate exemplary programming, it was built to work.
IIIF  collection 
10 days ago
Immersive Experiences | Meow Wolf
Meow Wolf creates immersive and interactive experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration. This includes art installations, video and music production, and extended reality content.
immersive  interactive 
10 days ago
My ‘viral’ moment – A Street Near You & the power of linking First World War data sources – Catching The Rain
A Street Near You started as an idea to demonstrate the potential of combining and enhancing large datasets focused on the First World War.

Three weeks after its launch on 9 November it had:

had 435,000 unique visitors
been tweeted over 3,600 times with links to the site (one tweet alone had over 1,000 retweets and 1,800 Likes)
nearly 40,000 interactions on *public* Facebook posts including over 10,000 shares (and heaven knows how many on private posts).
World_War_One  map  open_data 
10 days ago
This VR-live actor mashup is like your best absinthe-fueled nightmare - CNET
Chained, an immersive reimagining of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, weds virtual reality with a motion-capture live actor. Could it be the gateway that makes VR a hit?
immersive  vr 
10 days ago
Dreamscape Immersive To Open LA Location December 14th
Visitors to Dreamscape Immersive locations wear backpack PCs and HMDs that allow them to roam freely inside the experience. They suit up and enter a stage with a motion floor, which whisks them into a giant alien spaceship which is, literally, an Alien Zoo. An incorporeal A.I. who sounds suspiciously like David Ogden Stiers (the actor who voiced the stuffy English clock in Beauty and the Beast) is the guide and controls the hovercar tour of intergalactic life.
immersive  vr 
10 days ago
Media transcription at cloud scale: a solution for museum collections?
Since we’re using Amazon for cloud services and it’s well established in our devops workflow, it made sense to start by testing the Amazon Transcribe service. This service takes in a video or audio file, attempts to transcribe it, and returns the result of the attempt as a JSON file. The JSON file contains the full transcription text, and also every word of the text alongside a timecode of where it occurs in the video.
transcription  Amazon  Australian_Centre_for_the_Moving_Image 
10 days ago
The Missing Component from Museum Digital Strategy – Museums and Digital Culture - Pratt Institute
There are two key interrelated concepts that I believe should be addressed via a digital strategy to mitigate this disconnect:
Digital as an opportunity for new and different job opportunities
Digital tools as an opportunity to teach the public more about what goes on in the museum
Strategy  jobs  digital_transformation 
10 days ago
Unpacking Our Understanding of Immersion – American Alliance of Museums
Diving into a topic that has confounded the expectations of so many seemed a bit daunting, but nobody has a broader sense of what issues are most important to the field than AAM. And the Knight Foundation has not only underwritten interesting museum experiments with digital technologies but has funded staff positions to allow museums to explore these technologies while building institutional capacity and experience. The Detroit Institute of Arts received funding from the Knight Foundation to host the Immersion in Museums: AR, VR or Just Plain R? convening, and made their Lumin app available for attendees to use in the museum!
immersive  vr  ar 
10 days ago
Annif - tool for automated subject indexing and classification
Feed Annif a controlled vocabulary (subject headings, thesaurus or classification) and existing metadata - Annif then knows how to assign subjects for new documents!

Annif is built upon a combination of existing natural language processing and machine learning tools including Maui, fastText and Gensim. It is designed to be multilingual and it can support any subject vocabulary (in SKOS or a simple TSV format). It can be used either via a command-line interface or a microservice-style REST API. It also comes with a mobile web app that can analyse physical documents such as printed books.
text_mining  collection  taxonomy  indexing 
13 days ago
Augmented Reality: Explore InSight, NASA’s Latest Mission to Mars - The New York Times
The InSight spacecraft is heading to Mars to listen for marsquakes and study the planet’s structure.
space  New_York_Times  narrative  NASA 
18 days ago
AHRC Creative Economy Programme | SlideShare
The Creative Economy Programme's focus is on enhancing and extending the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s reach in the creative economy, emphasising the importance of arts and humanities research in generating impact across the sector, ranging from micro-businesses to large corporations. It helps to develop thinking around research in the creative economy, building innovative new partnerships and championing the importance of collaboration in this important sector of the UK economy.
AHRC  presentation  slideshare  Creative_Economy_Programme 
18 days ago
Review of Different Museum Digital Strategies – Museums and Digital Culture - Pratt Institute
But how can digital and emerging media help a cultural institution successfully meet its mission? Where does a museum begin on its path toward becoming truly optimized for the evolving digital landscape? I’ve looked into three museums digital strategies, which are the digital strategies of Tate(2013–15), the Andy Warhol Museum(2015–17), the Science Museum Group(2015–17), the National Portrait Gallery(2016–2020) and the Städel Museum. These five museums are all ahead in the digital game in their own realm, so by looking into their digital strategies I’m hoping to get some insights about the trends in the museum-getting-digital field.
museum_digital_strategy_document 
18 days ago
Oral history - The British Library
Our oral history collections cover a wide range of subject areas relating to British life, work, culture, and experience. We collect audio and video interviews, and suitable original oral history material that provides insight into aspects of UK personal memory, identity and experience. Where the curators are unable to accept an offered collection every effort will be made to help identify an alternative archival repository to which the donor can be referred. Further information can be found in the Oral History Collection Development Policy.
oral_history  British_Library 
19 days ago
Data cleaning – Collections Trust
Collections Trust are experts in cleaning messy collections data, with years of hard-won experience from large-scale projects. Now you can hire us to wrangle your museum’s records into shape.
collections_trust  collection  data_cleaning 
19 days ago
Is a Digital Map in Your Organization’s Future? — AMT Lab @ CMU
In a time where we can build and access a wealth of geographic information through our mobile devices and online, digital maps are being leveraged to document and archive public art. Much of this is due to geographic positioning systems (GPS) and geographical information systems (GIS), which allow us to collect location data in real time, and use it to determine not only where we are, but where we are going. Given this, how can arts managers, city planners, and culture enthusiasts capitalize on evolving map technologies to strengthen awareness of public art, as well as deepen public art’s ties to civic engagement?
map  collection  public_art 
19 days ago
TextRazor - The Natural Language Processing API
TextRazor offers a complete cloud or self-hosted text analysis infrastructure. We combine state-of-the-art natural language processing techniques with a comprehensive knowledgebase of real-life facts to help rapidly extract the value from your documents, tweets or web pages.
entity_extraction  text_mining 
23 days ago
AI brings “dreams” to life at the Walt Disney Concert Hall
WDCH Dreams is the most ambitious project I’ve ever embarked on from a technological, storytelling, and collaboration point of view. The data consists of two types of universes: one is image-based, the other is sound-based. Together, it makes up nearly 45 terabytes. Looking at it is like looking at the memory of this institution. How would we find meaning in this vast amount of information? It felt impossible. With machine learning, however, we were able to take every single data point — photos, events, sound recordings of music, theater, and opera — and organize them into clusters of recognizable features. Every musician, musical instrument, event, or object is now arranged by its similarities. Once a machine understands and classifies this information, you have a new latent space that you can now ask of it anything, like, an imagination.
projection_mapping  projection  artificial_intelligence 
23 days ago
Alex Charlton - Discovering an object in a collection of millions
The same is not true of the digital space however— with such a huge archive to explore, where do you start? If you don't have a specific search term or topic in mind, how do you discover new items, the most uncommon, and the most unexpected?
chrome  v&a  collection  generous_interfaces 
23 days ago
UX Debt: How to Identify, Prioritize, and Resolve
Like tech debt, UX debt piles up over time and, if left unaddressed, leads to compounding user problems and costly cleanup efforts. Agile teams can modify their processes to track and resolve UX debt.
ux  agile 
23 days ago
Wikidata:In one page - Wikidata
This page lists "one page" brief materials useful as reference materials for Wikidata training.
wikidata 
24 days ago
How Wikidata Is Solving Its Chicken-or-Egg-Problem in the Field of Cultural Heritage – SocietyByte
Over the past years, a growing community has formed on Wikidata around heritage data. Its members are ingesting, cleansing and improving data; discussing data modelling issues; contacting new data providers and developing applications based on Wikidata. Their vision is for Wikidata to become a central hub for data integration, data enhancement and data management in the cultural heritage domain.
wikidata 
24 days ago
Sony Innovation Studios to offer tools for immersive storytelling and digital asset creation : GraphicSpeak
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) has partnered with Dell, Deloitte Digital, and Intel to launch Innovation Studios being built on its Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, CA. Innovation Studios is expected to be operational early this Fall. SPE is saying that Innovation Studios will be new state-of-the-art digital technology facility featuring R&D in areas like volumetric video and customizable set scanning to help artists tell the stories in a creative way that would not be possible with traditional filmmaking processes. Volumetric video is also known as holographic video and offers a true virtual 3D viewing experience. Volumetric video differs from traditional VR or 360° video because it includes the volumetric data of everything in the space using photogrammetric techniques. It is functionally a 3D model and a person can view moving images of a subject, existing in 3D, from any angle.
Sony 
26 days ago
Stephenson's Rocket - Wikidata
Stephenson's Rocket (Q777026)
early steam locomotive
wikidata  train 
29 days ago
Google is using AI to help The New York Times digitize 5 million historical photos - The Verge
That’s why the company has hired Google, which will store scans of the hand- and type-written notes attached to each image, and could later use its machine vision smarts to categorize the semantic information they contain (linking data like locations and dates). Google says the Times will also be able to use its object recognition tools to extract even more information from the photos, making them easier to catalog and resurface for future use.
New_York_Times  digitisation  google  artificial_intelligence  image_recognition 
4 weeks ago
Sony Global - Sony Design | Stories: Products | Warp Square
The Warp Square project is a perfect example of that involvement.
We recently got the chance to talk with four Warp Square project members
about the new design "realms" that they're envisioning for the Sony of tomorrow.
immersive  Sony  projection 
4 weeks ago
Digital Maturity framework — Digital Leadership Ltd
Fifteen competencies are evaluated on the level between 1 and 5 to produce the organisation’s digital maturity score using the Digital Maturity Test. The test works best when it’s completed by Digital Leads and their colleagues as it then captures different perspectives in the organisation.
digital_transformation 
4 weeks ago
How To Get Your Structured Data in The SERPs | Marketing Signals
We all want our website to be doing better in the SERPs (Search Engine Result Pages), and there’s a lot you can do to help give it a boost. You may have noticed that search engines are supplying users with more and more information in the SERPs. These snippets of information are usually made up of text and images, they provide information to enhance the overall user experience of a SERP. These snippets of information can benefit your business, especially when it comes to click through rates (CTR).
google  schema.org 
4 weeks ago
Introducing: The Digital Culture Network | Arts Council England
The new Digital Culture Network will be made up of a small group of expert tech champions across the country. We’ll invest £1.1 million over two years to create the network, and there will be nine tech champions – one based in each of our regional offices.
Arts_Council  funding  digital_transformation 
4 weeks ago
Dimensions of Museum Data – Whitney Digital – Medium
With these three dimensions in place it becomes possible to build segments or reports based only on a single exhibition, but review data from everything they did across the site during that session, from watching videos to diving into the collection after reading about a show to purchasing tickets. It also becomes possible to build reports for all exhibitions, but limit it to a specific phase (e.g., pre-opening), or an exact range of days (e.g., the week before opening). All of that data was possible to gather before, but by building the attribution into the Google Analytics structure it becomes far less labor intensive.
Whitney_Museum_of_American_Art  exhibition  google_analytics  analytics  metrics 
4 weeks ago
Visitor Motivation Survey and Audience Segmentation for the Whitney Museum of Art Website
This post is a summary of the pilot research project at Pratt Institute undertaken by Sydney Stewart and Samantha Nullman. This research was conducted as part of the INFO 685 course: Digital Analytics: Web, Mobile and Social Media in collaboration with the Digital Media department at the Whitney Museum.
Whitney_Museum_of_American_Art  audience_research  analytics  metrics 
4 weeks ago
Seven broad statements that may or may not help your museum do a bit better at social media
This year’s Museums Association conference in Belfast was on the theme of dissent, and I argued that unless GLAM institutions start treating social media as an engagement tool first rather than a marketing tool then we are dooming ourselves to irrelevance.
social_media  Strategy 
4 weeks ago
Wikipedia 'edit-a-thon' seeks to boost number of women editors | Science | The Guardian
The Royal Society, founded in 1660 to promote excellence in science, hosted a Wikipedia "edit-a-thon" on Tuesday in conjunction with the Royal Society of Engineers in an attempt to right the imbalance. The online encyclopedia has a readership with a largely even gender balance, but it is thought that only around one in 10 of its editors are female.
Wikipedia  Royal_Society 
4 weeks ago
Random Studio — SUN
This interactive installation was made in collaboration with artist Philip Schütte and turns one of nature’s most mediated phenomenas – the rising and setting of the sun – into a playful sensory experience.
interactive  space 
5 weeks ago
Science On a Sphere
Science On a Sphere® (SOS) is a room sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. Researchers at NOAA developed Science On a Sphere® as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth System science to people of all ages. Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature can be shown on the sphere, which is used to explain what are sometimes complex environmental processes, in a way that is simultaneously intuitive and captivating.
projection  interactive  space 
5 weeks ago
ATONATON
ATONATON is an independent research studio inventing better ways to communicate with machines. We scout out uncharted territories in quickly advancing fields to develop compelling, futuristic applications that capture the imagination. 
robot  agency  interactive 
5 weeks ago
The State of Digital Preservation in 2018 | Ithaka S+R
Our cultural, historic, and scientific heritage is increasingly being produced and shared in digital forms. The ubiquity, pervasiveness, variability, and fluidity of such content raise a range of questions about the role of research libraries and archives in digital preservation in the face of rapid organizational and technological changes and evolving organizational priorities. Ithaka S+R is interested in exploring the current landscape of digital preservation programs and services in order to identify research and policy questions that will contribute to the advancement of strategies in support of future scholarship. To this end, during June and July 2018, I talked with 21 experts and thought leaders to hear their perspectives on the state of digital preservation.[1] The purpose of this report is to share a number of common themes that permeated through the conversations and provide an opportunity for broader community reaction and engagement, which will over time contribute to the development of an Ithaka S+R research agenda in these areas.
digital_preservation 
5 weeks ago
Beyond Digitization: Planning for Open Access Collections
Currently, over fifty GLAM institutions have made some aspect of their collections open access, whether through their own website or in partnership with platforms outside the sector, such as Wikipedia and Google Arts & Culture. Micah Walter Studio, a New York-based museum technology consulting and design firm, has compiled a list of GLAM Open Access projects as well as the datasets that they have made available to the public.
collection  open_access  commons 
5 weeks ago
MCG’s Museums+Tech 2018: the collaborative museum - Museums Computer Group
What is the role of digital technologies and platforms, whether social media, mobile apps, websites, gallery guides, publications, podcasts, videos, or virtual or augmented reality experiences in creating a collaborative museum?
ukmw2018 
6 weeks ago
How could Wikimedia Commons be improved? A conversation with designer George Oates – Wikimedia Foundation
Oates also identified several ways in which Wikimedia Commons can work more fruitfully with GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums). This is partially due to her background in the field: over the last decade, she as worked on a series of projects that have reimagined how the world engages with the collections of libraries, archives, and museums on the web.
wikimedia  commons  Wikipedia 
6 weeks ago
The Single Digital Presence for public libraries: our research so far - Living Knowledge blog
Working with public libraries across the UK, we’re lucky enough to have lots of inspiring conversations with inspiring librarians about libraries, their value and their future. One of the questions we get asked most frequently– and it is also a question we frequently ask ourselves – So what is a ‘Single Digital Presence’?
British_Library  research  Arts_Council  library  aggregator 
6 weeks ago
Ford's Theatre Blog · Ford's Theatre
Over the last three years, I’ve learned that digital tools allow us to collect and analyze certain kinds of quantitative data on our own. For example, our department now actually collects and analyzes user data from our website and social media platforms. We pull more detailed data from our new customer relationship management (CRM) platform in a way that lets us target audiences, analyze online resource usage and test communications with our teacher audiences. It has truly transformed our relationship with our marketing and communications department and made us data-driven in ways I would never have imagined possible.
analytics  Ford's_Theatre  Tessitura 
6 weeks ago
Talking through Stamen’s Send Me SFMOMA Data Visualization · SFMOMA
We had hundreds of thousands of people texting a museum to send them artworks, and they’re doing this while they’re embedded in the real world where real things are happening. So we had all these ideas about tracking the number of times that people asked for the word “rain” when it was sunny. Or that maybe there was some sort of inverse relationship between the content of searches and things happening in the world. Or a correlation between the news and the queries people were submitting, and that we could track it, somehow. There were a lot of ideas like that. So we began making a handful of visualizations that tracked volumes of requests over time, and we built search interfaces that let us look at things like requests for “clouds” over time.
SFMOMA  collection  visualisation  sms 
7 weeks ago
Designing Citizen Science for Both Science and Education: A Workshop Report
In January 2017, BSCS convened a group of scientists, educators, and technologists with significant experience in citizen science to consider the challenges of designing citizen science projects to achieve ambitious objectives in the areas of both science and education. The workshop was based on the following premise:
Achieving both scientific and educational benefits in a citizen science initiative requires not just a commitment to both, but the expertise and resources to design for both.
The goals of the workshop were to (1) gather the insights of experienced citizen science project organizers about how to design citizen science projects and platforms for both scientific and educational outcomes and to (2) organize these insights into a set of recommendations for software developers on how to design online citizen science platforms for both scientific and educational outcomes.
citizen_science 
7 weeks ago
Forms of Attraction: The Data Behind the Forms We Wear
This is a project that seeks to understand how popular forms in clothing originated from humble beginnings and gained momentum over time. Machine learning was used to extract form from images at the MET's Costume Institute. Items were then clustered with kmeans, a statistical model that can be used to train machines to predict the items that are most similar from the information given.
generous_interfaces  collection  Metropolitan_Museum_of_Art 
7 weeks ago
Behind the Scenes of the Website Redesign | The Art Institute of Chicago
As part of a multiyear initiative to completely redesign our website, we’ve scrutinized every layer of the visitor’s digital experience. With fresh insights in mind, we created a new site that highlights the full range of the museum’s dynamic offerings—the collection, exhibitions, and public programming—and helps users connect more intimately with the stories behind the artwork.
art_institute_of_chicago  redesign 
7 weeks ago
Scaling the Mission: The Met Collection API – Loic Tallon – Medium
Today, The Metropolitan Museum of Art launches a new public API for the collection. Through The Met Collection API, users can connect to a live feed of all Creative Commons Zero (CC0) data and 406,000 images from the The Met collection, all available for use without copyright or restriction. The Met Collection API is another foundational step in our Open Access program, helping make the Museum’s collection one of the most accessible, discoverable, and useful on the internet. The Met Collection API is where all makers, creators, researchers, and dreamers can now connect to the most up-to-date data and images of artworks in The Met collection, representing five thousand years of human history.
api  Metropolitan_Museum_of_Art  collection  wikimedia  Google_Cultural_Institute 
7 weeks ago
GitHub - LibraryOfCongress/concordia: Crowdsourcing platform for full text transcription and tagging
Concordia is a platform developed by the Library of Congress (LOC) for crowdsourcing transcription and tagging of text in digitized images. The first iteration of Concordia was launched as crowd.loc.gov in the autumn of 2018.

The application asks volunteers to transcribe and tag digitized images of manuscripts and typed materials from the Library’s collections that cannot be translated well by optical character recognition (OCR). All transcriptions are made by volunteers and reviewed by volunteers. The completed transcriptions will be returned to back to loc.gov to improve search, readability, and access to handwritten and typed documents.

Concordia leverages the LOC’s API to pull materials from the Library's catalog. In future developments, completed transcriptions will be exported as a single document, in bulk by item, project or campaign, or as BagIt bags.
Library_of_Congress  crowdsourcing  open_source  github 
7 weeks ago
Crowd: Home
The Library of Congress launched crowd.loc.gov in the autumn of 2018. The application asks people to transcribe and tag digitized images of manuscripts and typed materials from the Library’s collections. Everyone is welcome to take part! You don't even need to create an account, but if you do you'll have access to additional features such as tagging and reviewing other people's transcriptions. All transcriptions are made by volunteers and reviewed by volunteers before they are returned to loc.gov, the Library's catalog. These transcriptions will improve search, readability, and access to handwritten and typed documents for those who are not fully sighted or cannot read the handwriting of the original documents.
Library_of_Congress  crowdsourcing  translation  tagging 
7 weeks ago
Survey reveals public attitudes towards robots as UK Robotics Week begins - EPSRC website
A fifth of UK adults polled in a survey to mark UK Robotics Week believe we're already co-existing in harmony with robots in the UK, a new survey has found, while nearly a quarter believe that there is much more scope for robots to be included in everyday society. The research, commissioned by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK Robotics and Autonomous Systems (UK-RAS) Network, is being released ahead of UK Robotics Week, which returns from 21 - 29 June 2018.
robot 
7 weeks ago
Home · riksantikvarieambetet/Generous-Interface-Fashion Wiki · GitHub
Documenting the prototype and process of our Evaluation of Generous Interfaces. An English selection as most of what we've written is in Swedish.
generous_interfaces  collection 
7 weeks ago
WCAG 2.1 is here – what's in it for you? - Hassell Inclusion
Here’s a brief explanation of the new guidelines which are included in WCAG 2.1 A and AA. I’ve segmented the list into what sort of digital products each impacts, and my feeling on how essential each new guideline is
accessibility 
7 weeks ago
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 covers a wide range of recommendations for making Web content more accessible. Following these guidelines will make content more accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, including accommodations for blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity, and combinations of these, and some accommodation for learning disabilities and cognitive limitations; but will not address every user need for people with these disabilities. These guidelines address accessibility of web content on desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. Following these guidelines will also often make Web content more usable to users in general.
accessibility 
7 weeks ago
10 Principles of Citizen Science | European Citizen Science Association (ECSA)
The ECSA Working Group "Sharing Best Practice and Building Capacity" has elaborated a best practice guideline on what constitutes good citizen science in 2015. The 10 Principles of Citizen Science have been presented at the ECSA General Assembly 2015 in Barcelona.
citizen_science  principles 
7 weeks ago
The man who discovered helium — Google Arts & Culture
The man who discovered helium
The story of Norman Lockyer, a man whose childhood fascination with the sun led to a lifetime of research dedicated to all things solar, culminating in his ground-breaking discovery of the second most pervasive chemical element in the universe - helium.
Google_Cultural_Institute  science_museum 
7 weeks ago
Advice and Insights on Implementing Dynamic Pricing in Theatre
Dynamic pricing is the practice of adjusting ticket prices to better reflect their true value as the complexion of a given performance changes (e.g., changing inventory levels, increased/decreased demand, proximity to the performance, etc.). Most in the live event space have always employed some form of this — moving tickets from one price zone to another, increasing prices when inventory is low, reducing prices when demand is low and so forth. However, as technology has matured, so too has this practice. Market value can now be determined in a much more scientific fashion. Prices can be based on demand factors we never would have seen or considered. I've been referring to this brand of dynamic pricing as "true dynamic pricing," given its ability to reflect in near real time a ticket's true value.
ticketing  dynamic_pricing 
8 weeks ago
European Manifesto on Supporting Innovation for Cultural and Creative Sectors - theartsplus
In the growing innovation gap between technology and culture: Digitisation and new technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain, 3-D printing and big data can trigger innovation at all levels of the creative sectors. However, although there are plenty of innovative initiatives and start-ups in the creative and cultural sectors, very few of these reach a scale sufficient for them to have a bigger impact on society or the market.[1] We can see a growing gap between technology and culture. Culture, and with it society, are struggling to catch up with the exponential speed of technological innovation.
innovation  Strategy 
8 weeks ago
Exploring Wellcome Collection with computer vision – Stacks
By integrating machine learning into the ways we access the collection, we’re making some of the awkward early-stage work faster and easier for the experts while improving people’s experiences accessing the collection online.
As an example, in this post we’ll be using machine learning to find and measure visual similarities between all of the images in our collection.
wellcome  collection  image_recognition 
8 weeks ago
Research Fundermentals: The Three Rules of Impact
broadly for the purposes of the REF, impact is:
underpinned by excellent research 
a change in something beyond academia, and can include policy change, an increase in effectiveness, improved wellbeing, or reduced costs
demonstrated with evidence
achievable through partnership, collaboration and engagement.
impact  research 
8 weeks ago
A new kind of image search – Stacks
The combination of all of the technical stuff boils down to this: The machine now has a decent understanding of what your queries mean, and what kind of corresponding visual features should appear in the results. When you hit ‘search’, the machine actually looks at all the images in the collection before making a decision about which ones are most relevant - there’s no ‘check whether the words match’ here.
wellcome  image_recognition  collection 
8 weeks ago
Experimental Culture: A horizon scan for the arts and culture sector | Nesta
This paper is intended to serve as a prompt for Arts Council England’s consultation activity over the forthcoming months, with the intent of provoking a conversation with arts and cultural organisations about the changing context for their work. 

Each chapter includes a short summary of the current context for organisations operating in the (publicly-funded) arts and cultural sector, followed by a section which looks ahead to the opportunities and challenges these drivers could present over the coming decade.
nesta  Arts_Council  innovation  report 
8 weeks ago
Welcome to Labs!  |  Library of Congress
A place to encourage innovation with Library of Congress digital collections.
lab  Library_of_Congress 
8 weeks ago
Moving Backgrounds, the Accessible Way. • V&A Blog
Accessibility is chief among these, and a core concern in everything we do. Moving backgrounds have been around on the web for a long time and they often draw justifiable criticism for worsening the experiences of those with visual or cognitive impairments, as well as creating technological barriers for those without access to a reliable internet connection.
V&A  accessibility  video 
8 weeks ago
Layers of London
Layers of London brings together, for the first time, a significant collection of digitised historic maps, photos and other information provided by key partners across London.

Our partners include: the British Library, The London Metropolitan Archives, Historic England, The National Archives, MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) and a wide range of national and local archives, institutions and community groups.
London  map  national_archives  British_Library  Historic_England 
8 weeks ago
New strategy! New crowd! New team! | The Signal
Big news! We’ll launch a crowdsourcing program at the Library of Congress on October 24. We’re asking everyone to join us as we improve discovery and access across our diverse collections through transcription and tagging. The program is grounded in what we’ve learned through our previous experiences with participatory projects at the Library, including image description in Flickr and our newspaper captioning pilot Beyond Words. We’ll tell you more about the new initiative and its featured collections at launch next week…
Library_of_Congress  crowdsourcing 
8 weeks ago
East India Company
his feature is an interactive visualisation of the East India Company's trade between 1760 and 1834. Use the map, line graph and sparklines to select markets, commodities and date ranges to explore.
interactive  map  data  visualisation 
8 weeks ago
Art UK Audience Broadening Initiative | Arts Council England
This report, by The Audience Agency, presents the findings of the research, which ran from January 2017 to June 2018. Previous audience development projects have tended to focus on ‘live’ arts. This is the first UK arts research project to systematically attempt, over an extended period, to reach specific target audiences online and to record and share the findings from the process with the wider sector.
ArtUK  audience_research  Audience_Agency 
8 weeks ago
Commons:Structured data - Wikimedia Commons
The project Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons (2017–19) converts the free media files on Wikimedia Commons to a structured and machine-readable format, so that they become easier to view, search, edit, organize and re-use. To achieve that, the Commons backend is migrated to Wikibase, the same technology as used for Wikidata.
Wikipedia  wikimedia  wikidata 
8 weeks ago
Art UK - Audience Broadening Initiative Report | The Audience Agency
The main report contains detailed learnings and recommendations for organisations that are considering work of a similar nature. These can be summarised as follows:
When aiming to reach a new audience, that audience should be involved in formative research and/or in the development of the activity, project or content.
Deciding success metrics is important. An organisation needs to determine the type of change it is seeking, how this fits within the overall organisational strategy and how impact will be evaluated.
Experimentation will help an organisation understand what does and doesn’t work in engaging an audience. As a result of the ABI project Art UK has a much clearer view of activities that are likely to attract younger and more diverse audiences.
audience_research  Audience_Agency  Arts_Council  ArtUK 
8 weeks ago
Magic Leap Fellowships | Royal Shakespeare Company
We are offering six students the opportunity to discover the potential future of theatre using Magic Leap spatial computing technology.
Magic_Leap  Royal_Shakespeare_Company 
8 weeks ago
Draw & Code and Magic Leap - Post-LEAPcon Thoughts - Draw & Code
Draw & Code’s intrepid John Keefe headed to LEAPCon to get the skinny on Magic Leap and the community of Creators they are building. Here’s his post-event thoughts…

For the sixth time this year I find myself making the trip to California, a journey which is starting to feel more like a regular commute ever since Draw & Code ventured this far west five years ago to showcase to the world how Liverpool does immersive. This trip I’m particularly excited about as it includes attending the inaugural LEAPcon. For once it’s not one of the tech giants of Silicon Valley drawing us to the sunshine state but a little startup from the other side of the US, Magic Leap.
Magic_Leap  ar 
8 weeks ago
Winners announced for new creative industries centre of excellence - UK Research and Innovation
A new £10 million centre will develop cutting-edge creative training and research programmes in immersive storytelling to ensure the UK creative workforce is the most skilled in the world in the use of virtual, augmented and mixed reality technologies.

The National Film and Television School and Royal Holloway, University of London, will run the new centre, after winning the UK Research and Innovation competition.
Innovate_UK  National_Film_and_Television_School  vr  ar 
8 weeks ago
Musing on abilities: the meanings of four words – One by One
Skills: Generic shorthand, interchangeable with ‘abilities’
Capabilities: Elements that underpin the abilities of individuals and teams to achieve goals, where people’s competencies intersect with those of other people’s and the resources available to them
Competencies: Concrete descriptions of optimum performance by individuals, regarding specific areas of activity such as service design, project management, or social media hosting. These need to be refreshed constantly to adapt to new technologies and methodologies.
Literacies: A core element of Capabilities. Access to, and familiarity with, relevant and diverse vocabulary, methodologies, practitioners, best practice, ethics and professional enquiries.
digital_transformation  digital_skills 
8 weeks ago
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