Museums and Web 2.0

Next week I will be speaking at a roundtable discussion called “E-Learning in Museums” for the Canadian Heritage Information Network in Ottawa. My presentation is simply entitled “Museums and Web 2.0.” For those attending, I wanted to make the presentation along with sources and links available. Also, I thought others might have some interest, as there is not much out on the Web about how museums are using 2.0 technologies.

The presentation provides an overview of Web 2.0 and looks at the current state of museum blogs and community sites. It also touches on some of the potential benefits and pitfalls these new technologies present. Many of the sources cited come from an article (to be published later this month) that I wrote for the National Association for Museum Exhibition’s (N.A.M.E.) Exhibitionist Magazine, as well as “Community Sites & Emerging Sociable Technologies” co-written with Bryan Kennedy from Science Museum of Minnesota and Kevin von Appen from Ontario Science Centre. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Bryan and Kevin’s contributions to this presentation.

In addition, here at ideum, we’re working on a full survey of museum blogs and community-based sites. This report seems timely as one of the first museum blogs included in the report, the blog(s) at the Walker Art Center just a couple of weeks ago celebrated their one year anniversary. We hope to have this survey posted in just a couple of days. Stay tuned.

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