Hey guys I found a few articles on the SOPA/PIPA bills that some of you might find interesting. They just give some more information on the two bills and how they can hurt the internet along with how some groups are trying to stop them.
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Hey guys just wanted to remind you about the whole SOPA/PIPA bills that I mentioned earlier in the blog. This is still a huge issue in Congress. Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and other big name sites have been hard at work trying to shoot down these bills. Yahoo even resigned from the US Chamber of Commerce over it and others sites are threatening to do the same. Some congressmen are planning to filibuster the vote by reading over a million names of individuals that oppose the bill. Although you guys might not think anything of it right now, it can easily destroy the internet and the internet could end up looking like China’s internet. We could have a Great Firewall just like them. Do we really want to follow in the footsteps of a communist nation. We are a democracy and we all have freedom to do what we want. So please take another look at my previous blog post to get a better understanding of what this could do to the internet. Also if you would like to get involved there are two more sites that I found that you can use to stop this bill.
Each of them give you a way to contact your senator:
So please try to do something. THANKS!
Hey guys so it was brought to my attention by Chris that Congress is trying to pass a bill called SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act). I know this isn’t related to the class at all but I think it is important for people to know about it and stop it. It is being lobbied by the big moneymakers in Hollywood who want to stop the streaming of illegally streamed movies. Although I do believe that piracy is a terrible epidemic, the only reason the big moneymakers in Hollywood are trying to get this bill passed is so that they can make more money. The bill would essentially let the gov be able to censor websites that allow copyrighted materials to be posted. They call them rogue websites but this could also end up including Youtube and Facebook. So our favorite websites could end up being shut down because of this bill. Below I’ve posted some links for more information and a way to help stop it.
Here is a link for more information and a video that explains SOPA better:
Here is Mozilla’s efforts to try to stop SOPA:
If you guys can just check this out and even do something little like email your state congressman, I would greatly appreciate it. I just want to keep the internet the way it is. We could end up losing our favorite sites and any creativity on the internet.
Since I was limited on funds and time, I never actually got a chance to use one of the apps at a museum. I did, however, attend the Museums and Mobile Online Conference a few weeks ago. It was a very informative conference with many different companies talking about their ideas for apps in museums. The main event was about the New York Public library’s Biblion app. They explained the difficulties they had trying to make this app, but also they talked about the reason behind making the app. Deana Lee explained that they created the app to give everyone access to all of the documents from the 1940 World’s Fair which are the most requested stuff from the library. This gives anyone a chance to take a look at the pictures and documents from the Fair at any time. She also explained that they had to make the app relevant to people nowadays. Some of the things they did with the app was put in guided tours and they also provided context for collection items. This makes it extremely user friendly because anyone can look at a document and know its background story now. I actually used the app on their website since I don’t own an Ipad. I’m not very interested in the 1940 World’s Fair but after looking through the documents and pictures some things caught my eye and I went further and looked them up. The app doesn’t really engage the visitor in the library but instead it gives free access to all of the documents and photos. It is more of a reference app for people who want to learn more about the items.
I also downloaded the MoMA app on my droid, but didn’t get a chance to go to the museum. The app is very well made but I feel like its just packed full of their collection pieces with some guided tours of the different floors. They could have easily just gave people headphones and told them to plug it in at each piece to listen to some information. The app doesn’t really engage the visitor it just gives them a path to follow according to the tour. I also felt like I didn’t really even have to go to the museum because the app gave me a picture of all the collection pieces, some info about them, and some info on the artist. Its almost like you could replace the museum with this app. They should have made the app as an extension of the exhibits not the whole museum in an app.
All together I found that both of these apps were very well made, but they really didn’t give me a sense that I would be engaged in the museum experience. The Biblion app is great for researchers, students, and regular people who want access to documents and photos without having to go to the museum to look at them. It, however, does not engage the visitor. The MoMA app is great for people who can’t go to the museum or want some more information on a piece of art, but it also does not fully engage the visitor.
Well, there is another update on the Simon book. I just looked on the website to check it out again and its back up and running. So I guess those who read online have a choice between which source they would like to read it on. Personally, I prefer reading on the participatory museum website.
So after searching for about 5 minutes, I found another link to the Participatory Museum. Its on google books. The whole book is on there for free. So if you have been reading it online like me, this is a great find.
Here is the link:
So today while I was opening a checking account at Bank of America, I found out a really cool fact. They have a program called Museums on Us. It lets anyone with a Bank of America debit card to go to selected museums for no fee. All you have to do is show them your card and the admission is waived. I thought this would be great to share. The only thing is that it only works on the first weekend of every month and you can only go to certain museums on their list. So if you don’t have a bank I would suggest BofA just on this program.
Here is the link to the website for more info:
This link is to the Amazon Page for the Book “Reinventing the Museum, Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on the Paradigm Shift” by Gail Anderson. I found this book interesting because it shows the paradigm shift that has been occurring within museums over the past century. Museums have shifted from being inward-looking, collection centered museums to an audience responsive and community connected museum. Its a good resource because it shows museum professionals what has changed and how we should respond to the changes. Museums are becoming more and more about what the audience wants.
This link is to the Open Directory Project. It is an open source directory run by volunteers. It is a directory of the Web and has a vast amount of sites on it but what I focused on was the section on Museums. It has various different categories and each category contains a bunch of links. So if someone is interested in visiting a history museum or just wants more information, they can go to the history category and it lists a bunch of links to history museums. It also has a section on Museum Resources which is great because museum professionals could search this site to help them out on various issues. They have a site with archives of 18th and 19th century periodicals and also have sites with employment opportunities.
I found this video interesting and informative. As a student on the Registration track, seeing what a registrar does when they loan out a object helps me visualize what actually goes on instead of learning it in a class or reading in a book. It might not be very long but it does give some important information on how they pack an object and what they look for when doing a condition report. I found that this was a good resource for a new professional because it shows you what must be done to ensure the safety of the object.