For the third year running the Museu Picasso will be taking part this week (in Denver this time round) in the top-level international M&W conference, a real generator of knowledge and ideas about interactive museography, digital communication, mobile applications for museums, social media, the creation of content by the public and a host of related subjects.
In 2008 we ran a session at the Usability Lab presenting the then just revamped Picasso website. In 2009 we were asked to be part of the International Program Committee, which is responsible for, among other things, assessing and orienting the review of papers to be presented at the conference. And as we were going to be in Indianapolis, we decided to make a CRIT Room presentation of some of the improvements we made to the site in its first year of operation. This was an excellent way of publicizing the site — we even found comments on a blog from Sweden — and to cap it all we were given a prize for one of the best posts on the conference’s blog. You can read a report of MW2009 in Patrimoni Gencat blog.
Museums and the Web: www.archimuse.com
This year — 2010 — the Museu Picasso is even more deeply involved. First of all, as members of the Program Committee. The selection of papers has been particularly difficult, because the number of proposals received is four times more than can be accepted. So the short-listing of just 25% of the submissions means applying very strict and well reasoned criteria — as a result of which the highest quality is ensured.
In addition, this year we will be moderating one of the sessions — the one on multi-institutional collaboration. On the strength of the proposed presentations, this promises to be extremely interesting. We promise to blog every last detail of the session (and the rest of the Conference, of course). At this point let us invite all of you who would like to participate via Twitter to send us your questions or comments during the session itself (Saturday, 17 April at 1.00 p.m. local time (MDT), 9.00 p.m. in Barcelona. The Conference’s hashtag on Twitter is #mw2010. If you add it at the end of your tweet it will appear in the stream of all the tweets generated by the Conference.
And finally, this year there will be a special pre-Conference day for an unprecedented meeting of selected representatives from museums around the world, including the Museu Picasso, with top editors from Wikipedia. The purpose is to lay the basis for a stable collaboration that will both ensure the accuracy of museum-related content and open up collaboration in the production of such contents by the museums. It’s true that Wikipedia still may contain inaccuracies and omissions, but in recent years the quality control has been getting better and better — and bear in mind we’re talking about the sixth most visited website in the world. Almost all of us have used it at one time or another, so it’s only fair that we should contribute to enhancing it, with a view to providing an even better service to our users. You can now have a look at the preparatory writings for discussion on the Conference website and join in with your opinions, problems or experiences.
Best of the Web
The People’s Choice Voting for the best museum websites is open until 15th April. You don’t need to attend the conference to take part, just register free online and cast your vote. Take a look at the list of nominees you’re sure to make a lot of interesting discoveries. It’s not likely that the Museu Picasso will win, because there are so many really great projects, but the mere fact of having it nominated — we’re in the Social Media category — is a very good way to get known.
For the Museu Picasso, playing an active part in Museums and the Web has already helped us a great deal: knowledge, network and dissemination are the keywords that sum up the values it provides. So we are delighted to be able to give something back by helping the Committee to publicize the Conference. The papers are all now accessible online and #mw2010 can be followed on Twitter.
Are there any questions or issues you would like to see discussed at the Museums and the Web Conference?