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Musing on Museums. Posted on 02/18/2002.

Marc Rettig, to whom I always listen, pointed me to the web site for a course he's teaching at CMU, the Museum Innovation Project. In it, three groups of students will come up with design ideas for extending the museum experience. And all of it will be cataloged in public view on the Web.

So far, only Team Bubbles has posted anything, and it's clear they've been following their Fearless Leader's sticky-bound ways.

I had been hoping for readings or other pointers in the syllabus. Extending museums has been a well-researched and written-about field, as this archive to the Museums on the Web conferences attests.

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Here are some folks I know who are currently or in the past heavily involved in museum online experiences(research & practice):

Paul Marty
University of Illinois
PhD Candidate in the School of Library & Information Science and Director of IT at Spurlock Museum

Leslie Johnston
Formerly of Harvard Graduate School of Design, Head of Instructional Technology & Stanford University Cantor Arts Museum/Art Department. Currently at University of Virginia Library, Digital Services Integration
Posted by Madonnalisa @ 02/18/2002 12:47 PM PST [link to this comment]

My friend Gideon D'Arcangelo teaches a similar studio at ITP called "Interactive Computing in Public Places." Last fall, his students developed prototype installations for the Whitney Museum. Some of the projects were quite good, but unfortunately all I can find online is the course syllabus.
Posted by Andrea @ 02/18/2002 09:01 PM PST [link to this comment]

Yeah, this balance between getting stuff done in the project, teaching something along the way, and documenting your progress... it's a tricky thing to pull off. Unfortunately the web site must be third priority to serving the client and creating a good learning experience. But we want to tell stories to our peers (you) as well. We'll try, we'll try.

As for "well-researched and well written about" work on extending museums, we're finding less that has to do with our focus -- what happens between people and art in the museum -- than web sites, kiosks, handhelds, etc. Audio guides come closest to addressing the same problem. "Look at the dog on the left. He's holding the Ace of Spades!"

Thanks for the links, all.
Posted by Marc Rettig @ 02/20/2002 07:28 AM PST [link to this comment]

Peter asked for links. Keep an eye on the front page of the course, where we're blogging.

I'll put a couple here too, from our recent survey of HP's Cooltown efforts:
Posted by Marc Rettig @ 02/20/2002 07:34 AM PST [link to this comment]

Stumbled on, an online peer-reviewed journal...

Informational Value of Museum Web Sites
V. Kravshyna & S.K. Hastings (Feb 2002)
Posted by Madonnalisa @ 02/25/2002 12:57 PM PST [link to this comment]

how do i design a new kinda writing?
Posted by brittany @ 03/01/2002 05:58 PM PST [link to this comment]

A UK museum documented their process for digitizing the museum collection...
Posted by Madonnalisa @ 03/04/2002 11:44 AM PST [link to this comment]

Lisa very kindly posted my site URL just after I made my transition from the Harvard Design School to the University of Virginia Library. My updated site and portfolio discussing projects that I've been associated with is at the URL:

Please also check out eSpectra, the online newsletter for the Museum Computer Network (MCN), which includes pointers to articles dealing with museum technology and online resources of interest to the cultural heritage information community:

MCN also has a listserv. You can subscribe at:
Posted by Leslie Johnston @ 03/28/2002 10:22 AM PST [link to this comment]

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