In Support of Idiosyncrasy

Museum 2.0

People often ask me which museums are my favorite. I visit lots of perfectly nice, perfectly forgettable museums. In some cases, that's based on subject matter, as at the Museum of Jurassic Technology or the American Visionary Art Museum. Other institutions are idiosyncratic in their relationship to their environment, like the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, or to their community, like the Wing Luke Asian Museum.

Community Science Workshops and Shared Authorship of Space: Interview with Emilyn Green

Museum 2.0

There are lots of great science museum resources, but not where these kids can walk after school. We received two rounds of NSF funding in the 1990s to expand. We received NSF funding for three years and then it cut off. For example, the Exploratorium is an extraordinarily participatory museum, but it''s not nearly as participatory as a Community Science Workshop. Any big museum has barriers and limitations to full community ownership.

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Cyberinfrastructure: What is it? What does it mean?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The director of the NSF has gone so far as to say that it will "usher in a technological age that dwarfs everything we have yet experienced in its sheer scope and power." Back in the early 1990s, I was "hoisting" web pages onto the Internet with a colleague David Green who worked at the New York Foundation for the Arts on the Arts Wire project.

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ExhibitFiles: Interviews with Initiators Jim Spadaccini and Wendy Pollock

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The whole process of developing an exhibition tends to get stuck behind a museum's doors. Wendy: Part of the thinking was that NSF supported the book Are We There Yet? , NSF requires grant applicants to build on prior knowledge--where do you get it? And with NSF's support, some of the very first things we did were around people developing traveling exhibits. So if NSF is funding it, is it only for science exhibitions? NSF seems to be perfectly happy with that.

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The Truth about Bilingual Interpretation: Guest Post by Steve Yalowitz

Museum 2.0

I recently read the BERI report on bilingual labels in museums and was blown away by its findings. in Applied Social Psychology and has evaluated and researched informal learning experiences in museums and other visitor institutions for over 20 years. is a controversial topic, and the same is true in museums. If someone asked you whether museums should or need to have text in more than one language, what would you say?

Quickie Links: Surveys, Transcripts, and a Strange Bedfellow

Museum 2.0

Ideum, the company that brought you ExhibitFiles (with ASTC), is conducting a survey on museums' needs in support of an NSF grant proposal (Open Exhibits) to build open source templates for simple interactive exhibits (timelines, digital collections, news kiosks). Also, Susan Spero has transcribed ALL of the scribbles we put on the wall at the Museums and Civic Discourse colloquium at JFKU on March 8.

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Game Friday: Tagging For Fun

Museum 2.0

These games were developed by Carnegie Mellon with funding from the NSF, with the goal of harnessing collective intelligence (and interest in playing games) to tag all of the images on the internet. There are many museums that are starting to experiment with allowing visitors to tag their online content, whether to engage them in 2.0 The games on the website at my museum are old. Wouldn’t it be nice to offer something useful on the game areas of museum websites?

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