Sunday, December 04, 2005

Going, Going..... Gone

Thanks for the emails asking what has happened to the blog over the last week or so. A problem has come to light with the name of the blog; unfortunately there isn't time at the moment to go through the process of creating a new blog, new address, promoting the url, creating the mailing list databases. This stuff takes time we haven't got at the moment so this will be the last post, thanks for the support.

Museums and the Web conference (no relation to this blog)

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Museums Objects Design Exhibitions

Mode is a new space on the web dedicated to exploring museums, objects, design and exhibitions. A work in progress, it is intended that mode will act as a space for open dialogue, evolving at the hands of its authors and contributors.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Tender for an Editor for MICHAEL-UK

The UK Museums, Libraries and Archives Council is currently advertising an invitation to tender for an Editor for MICHAEL-UK.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Online activities, accessibility v. usability and EU co-ordination

Current reports of note:

Pew Internet - Search Engine Usage - Search engine use shoots up in the past year and edges towards email as the primary internet application.

Jakob Nielsen - Accessibility Is Not Enough - a strict focus on accessibility as a scorecard item doesn't help users with disabilities. To help these users accomplish critical tasks, you must adopt a usability perspective.

Minerva - Dynamic Action Plan for the EU co-ordination of digitisation of cultural and scientific content - Minister for Culture, David Lammy, launched in Bristol on 15th November 2005, a new action plan to make Europe's cultural heritage more accessible through the Internet.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Thames Pilot

24 Hour Museum website of the week - Thames Pilot.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Broadband Britain Summit - How to achieve digital excellence in a connected UK society

21 November 2005, QEII Conference Centre, Westminster, London
- The Broadband Britain Summit will debate how achieving digital excellence can improve the cohesion of UK society, the wealth of its economy and the quality of life for its citizens. To reserve your place and participate in the debate please contact InterForum on stating in the subject heading 'Summit (EGM)'.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Victoria and Albert Museum podcast

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is publishing the first podcast to be published by a museum or gallery in the UK.

In the first broadcast of the V&A’s podcast users can listen to curators, conservators and researchers telling stories about works in the Paintings Galleries.

An interesting addition with the V&A's podcast is the ability to download formatted images to use with advanced mp3 players that use images.

The Port Moody Station Museum Blog

The Port Moody Station Museum Blog
The Port Moody Station Museum Blog has been online since April 2005.

Port Moody Station in Canada is in its centenary year, visit their main website here.

Online cultural portals

Culture.mondo has compiled a report on the extent of international provision of culture online 'Cultural Portals: Gateways to a Global Commons'.

Full Story:
Culture Mondo! International Culture online revealed in new report

Culture.mondo is the international network for cultural portals, enabling cultural portal authorities to learn about the current state and new trends of cultural portals. Biographies of the steering group.

'Classics for Cats' at the British Museum

'Classics for Cats'
The British Museum Store's latest e-newsletter contains details of christmas present ideas including their CD 'Classics for Cats'; the tracklisting includes Rossini's 'Comic Duet for Two Cats', Confrey's 'Kitten on the Keys' and Greig's 'The Little Bird'.

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