Thursday, November 10, 2005

Temporary Digitisation Assistant, St Alban's Museum Service

St Albans Museum Service are advertising for a temporary digitisation assistant.

The Digitisation Assistant will work alongside the Museums Photographer and Collections Manager to scan, manipulate and catalogue selected images to a high standard.

For full details and an application form visit

Deadline 21st November 2005

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

UK e-Government Metadata Standard (e-GMS) for websites

Just flagging up for future reference, UK e-Government Metadata Standard (e-GMS) for websites.

Teen internet demographics

Pew Internet's latest report looks at the behaviour of american teenagers online, with particular reference to their involvement in content creation. Headline findings include:

Half of Online Teens Download Music, One in Three Download Video; One in Five Have a Blog; One in Five Remix Others' Digital Material into Their Own Creations.

Pew Internet's reports are an essential resource, for those of you not already receiving them, sign up now.

Monday, November 07, 2005

2006 Best of the web nominations open now

Last year's overall winner, Making the Modern World
Nominations are open now for Best of the Web awards at the 2006 Museums and the Web conference [no relation!].

The categories are:On-line Exhibition, E-Services or E-Commerce, Innovative or Experimental Application, Museum Professional's Site, Research Site, Education, Best Overall Museum Site.

The winners will be announced at MW2006 in Albuquerque, on Friday, March 24, 2006.

Last year's overall winner was Making the Modern World from London's Science Museum.

Business blogging

We're disappointed that so few museums and galleries worldwide are taking advantage of the opportunities blogging presents. Scott Stevenson will be presenting an abstract on podcasting and blogging at the 2006 Museum and the Web conference [no relation to this blog].

'Who's afraid of the big, bad blog', a recent article in the Financial Times looked at the lessons for all businesses looking to exploit this arena.

Nightwatch - fox loose in the National Portrait Gallery

Still from 'Nightwatch'
Not sure why you have to go to the Channel 4 website to view this fantastic video installation. 'Nightwatch' is currently on show at the National Portrait Gallery in London, but we couldn't find any information on their site (internal search engine wasn't working so it might be there).

Belgian artist Francis Alys let the fox roam free after hours in the National Portrait Gallery and filmed it, the results are fascinating. The video is for broadband viewers only (around 50 MB), but well worth the effort if you can.

Museums Computer Group meetings 2006

Roman head, Yorkshire Museum
Early notice of 2006 meeting dates for the Museums Computer Group [UK]:

Spring Meeting at the Yorkshire Museum, York on 6th April 2006.

UK Museums on the Web Conference at the University of Leicester 6th July, 2006.

AGM and Autumn Meeting in November 2006 at the Natural History Museum, London.