If the first forays into the digital environment by museums were marked by digitisation and web development, the new environment is focussed much more explicitly on engagement, participation and delivering interesting and inclusive experiences for digital consumers. Many museums are moving on from digital strategies to Digital Engagement Strategies which enable them to use to technology to build a meaningful relationship with their audience.
This chapter covers the core principles of participation and the importance of designing the activity to achieve the desired level of participation; Simon has a broad definition of Participation from interactivity in galleries to more power sharing models later in the book.
In this presentation, originally created for the 'Digital' meeting with Oxford ASPIRE, Collections Trust CEO Nick Poole explores the key current themes and topics in the Digital agenda for museums, including the COPE (Create Once, Publish Everywhere) strategy, systems integration, developing engaging and participatory experiences, responsive web development and gallery-based experiences.
The Royal Armouries is Britain’s national museum of arms and armour.
Royal Armouries Leeds is the headquarters of the Royal Armouries complex of museums. There are over 8,500 objects on display in five galleries: War; Tournament; Oriental; Self Defence and Hunting.
Nick Poole, CEO, Collections Trust
Museum Informatics. If there are two words in the English language more likely to set hearts aflutter, I don't know them. But what do they mean? Why does Museums Informatics matter? Where are we and where should we be going? It is to address these questions that the Collections Trust has organised this one-day meeting, kindly hosted by the wonderful National Railway Museum in York, bringing together 30 museum and heritage professionals to explore the state-of-the-art in Museum Informatics.
The Collections Trust is seeking 20 beta testers from museums to help us evaluate and improve a new platform for the sector, to be launched on the 2nd July at OpenCulture 2013.
The new platform is being launched as part of the Hidden Treasures campaign with the Independent newspaper and our partners Semantika d.o.o (http://www.semantika.si/en). It will feature a website and mobile applications for Android, Windows 8 and iOS designed to encourage the public to engage with your museum.
We are seeking applications from people interested in being beta-testers to:
- Review the website, with a particular emphasis on the functionality and accuracy of the content
- Download and evaluate the mobile application on your Android, Windows 8 or iOS device
If you would like to apply to participate and to help us improve the offer to the public when it goes live in July, please email Nick Poole at email@example.com with the subject line 'Museums UK beta test'. In mid-June, we will send you links to the pilot website and to download the mobile applications.
With thanks in advance for your help!
CEO, Collections Trust
Security resources recently added to Collections Link include:
- The Security Toolkit
- The Environmental Visual Assessment
- The Security Audit
- Threats to museum collections
- Access to Collections
- Buildings and Perimeters
- CCTV systems
- Fire and Intruder Alarm Systems
- Fire Prevention
- Key Security
- Reporting and Recording Security Incidents
- Responding to alarms
- Working with Contractors
- Advice for Architects and Planners
- Specifiers’ Guide to Display Cases
The longlist of nominations for three prestigious annual awards for Excellence in Collections Management has been published by the Collections Trust. The judges are now at work, and the winners will be announced during the conference reception at OpenCulture 2013 on Tuesday 2 July.
As part of Collection Trust’s mission to give everyone greater access to culture, arts and heritage from across the globe, whilst promoting UK collections internationally, over 30 million items from 1000’s of UK and European museums, galleries, libraries and archives can now be easily found using Collection Trust’s Culture Grid search www.culturegrid.org.uk.
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