Mashed museum and UK MW 2008 write-up

A report I wrote on ‘The 2008 Mashed Museum Day and UK Museums on the Web Conference‘ is now live on the Ariadne site. I’ve already reported on most of the sessions and the mashed museum day here, but the opportunity to reflect on the day and write for a different audience was useful. The review really made me appreciate that time and space away from all the noise of every day life in which to learn, try and think is incredibly important, whether you call it a workshop or an away day or something else entirely:

One lesson from the Mashed Museum day was that in a sector where innovation is often hampered by a lack of financial resources, time is a valuable commodity. A day away from the normal concerns of the office in ‘an environment free from political or monetary constraints’ is valuable and achievable without the framework of an organised event. An experimental day could also be run with ICT and curatorial or audience-facing staff experimenting with collections data together.

The Ariadne issue is packed full of articles I’ve marked ‘to read’, so you might also find them interesting.

Get your (cultural heritage) geek on

The details for two events you might be interested in have been finalised.

The program for UK Museums on the Web Conference 2008 has been announced. It’s a great line-up, so I’ll see you there if you can get to the University of Leicester for 19 June 2008.

And the date and venue for BathCamp have been confirmed as Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th September 2008 at the Invention Studios in Bath. More information at that blog link, or my previous post: Calling geeks in the UK with an interest in cultural heritage content/audiences.

And I’ve been hassled by my legion of fans to point out that you can nominate me in the Programming and development blogs: ComputerWeekly.com IT Blog Awards 08 (and you might win a £50 Amazon voucher). There’s a lovely badge but I can’t quite bring myself to use it, I’ve only just gotten used to the idea that anyone apart from three or four people I know read this blog. Anyway, there you go.

And if all that’s too much excitement for you, go read about the lamest Wikipedia edit wars ever.