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The State of Museum Blogs

The Walker Art Center has a post on the State of Museum Blogs focusing on science museum blogs. The Walker has been blogging longer than any museum (that I’m currently aware of). They have six blogs going on a variety of topics.

Solar Widget 31,000?

The Solar Widget has now topped 31,000 downloads on the Yahoo! Widget Gallery. The widget has been available for a little over two weeks. What’s surprising is that even though the widget itself is now buried a bit in the Yahoo! Widget site, we are still getting more than our fair share of downloads. This may be due to the fact that Yahoo! seems to be promoting their Widgets more heavily. I’ve noticed Yahoo! Widgets featured on the front page of Yahoo! last…

So you want to build a Yahoo Widget…

Developing the Solar-Viewer was fun. I was surprised at how native the widget environment seemed to be, though there were a few quirks. If you have some knowledge of XML and Javascript, you will be able to build a widget as well. The widget engine is well documented and you will want to take a look at the development tools and references that Yahoo provides. Definitely print out and read the Widget Creation Tutorial, we…

Solar Viewer 10,000

The Solar Viewer is closing in on 10,000 downloads. Not a bad showing in less four days. While the Sun-Earth Viewer remains a popular Web site, the widget in four days has reached more people than the original Flash-based viewer does in a month. We had a similiar experience when we made a video podcast of clips found in the Traditions of the Sun site. We had over 4,000 downloads in the first week. While much has been made of the…

Solar Viewer Widget

This week we built our first widget. We decided to build a Yahoo! Widget as opposed to Mac OS X dashboard widget–which obviously wouldn’t work on the PC platform. (We may still port our version to Apple’s OS X dashboard format, we haven’t decided yet.) Yahoo! Widgets work on both. A widget a small applcations built in Javascript and XML that appear on your desktop. The one we built shows today’s images of the Sun. You can find it in the Sight…

Why blog?

Why blog? It’s a good question, and one we talked about quite a bit around the studio. We’ve decided to blog for a few reasons. First, we’re deeply interested in the technologies surrounding Web 2.0. We’ve been working with RSS feeds, podcasts, and we’ve even begun developing Widgets. In addition, personally, I’ve been looking at Web 2.0 technologies including blogging for a workshop and paper (with Kevin Von Appen and Bryan Kennedy) for the Museums and Web Conference and…