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  • corilinville 11:33 pm on October 13, 2011 Permalink  

    Day of Digital Archives 

    This happened last week, on Oct 6th, and it’s not so much about museums but it’s about going digital so I thought it went along with our blog. The day of digital archives was to help “raise awareness of digital archives among both users and managers.” This is more about libraries but since museums have archives in them, I thought, hey, why not? It’s basically just talking about turning archives into digital archives.


    And the below link is really cool because it is a bunch of different people’s blog entries about what they did on the day and how they contributed.


  • Pam Schwartz 5:12 pm on October 13, 2011 Permalink
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    Techonology in Museums 

    We’ve all had jobs and internships in museums but how many of us have been witness to any trying to use technology in one way, shape or form be it in an exhibition or through social media of some sort?

    If so, what types of things have you experienced?  Was it effective?  Anybody have museum technology horror stories?

    • sdaugherty28 12:15 am on October 14, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Last summer, some of my colleagues developed podcasts. Although I was not directly involved, I checked in on their progress. In addition, I helped update the Morristown National Historical Park blog:


      This is mostly the product of my colleague, but I was excited to help format the blog and post images and text.

    • lleamuseum 7:41 pm on October 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The museum that I used to work for has both a useful and useless interactive features.

      Useless: There is an informational slide show that can be prompted by a key pad. The information is a power point that is shown on a computer screen. An information panel was removed to install it. The key pad has since broken and the comp screen has gone to screen saver. To date it has not been fixed. Useless!

      Useful: A new exhibit has been installed that explores American Indian life. There is a sound board that connects names, locations and meaning. A visitor can find that name of their town, push the button and an American Indian says the name of the town, its proper pronunciation and its meaning in English. Visitors have had a lot of fun with this. It helps them to learn about their community and have a better appreciation for where they live.

    • Pam Schwartz 7:01 pm on October 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I have also seen many attempts at “technology” in museums and many of them were unsuccessful. Facebook pages, rarely updated… blogs that NOBODY (not even those working at the museum) wanted to read and several in exhibition computer stations that sat days without working.

      Technology can be extremely effective in museums, but the employees need to realize that maintenance is a HUGE issue. Many, many things can go wrong. Don’t waste your resources creating media or technology stations that you aren’t going to keep up.

      One success I participated in was at the UNI Museums for an exhibition we hosted from SITES called “Earth from Space” We had all sorts of interesting related links that were fun for both adults and children to play with. It was simple enough but the program we used (which had to block out the rest of the web from the computer’s view) caused some problems. Our preparator was super on top of calling IT about issues though.

  • vshoffner 12:42 am on October 13, 2011 Permalink
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    Addition to MoMI post 

    Hi everyone,

    I somehow forgot to mention a social media piece that I saw while at the Museum of the Moving Image in my previous blog post. The work is by Christopher Baker who also did the Murmur Study at the Pace Gallery Social Media exhibit.

    This work is titled Hello World! or: How I Leaned to Stop Listening and Love the Noise. It features over 5,000 video diaries found online.
    He describes the work:”Hello World! is a large-scale audio visual installation comprised of thousands of unique video diaries gathered from the internet. The project is a meditation on the contemporary plight of democratic, participative media and the fundamental human desire to be heard.

    On one hand, new media technologies like YouTube have enabled new speakers at an alarming rate. On the other hand, no new technologies have emerged that allow us to listen to all of these new public speakers. Each video consists of a single lone individual speaking candidly to a (potentially massive) imagined audience from a private space such as a bedroom, kitchen, or dorm room. The multi-channel sound composition glides between individuals and the group, allowing viewers to listen in on unique speakers or become immersed in the cacophony. Viewers are encouraged to dwell in the space.”

    I found the work to be interesting and it was literally the first I saw when I entered the museum, taking up the entire side wall just past the entrance. It was almost overwhelming the number of videos that were going at once.

    Here is a link to the Hello World! piece on his website with a video and photographs: http://christopherbaker.net/projects/helloworld/

    And here is a link to it on the MoMI website:

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