A lot of great thing came out of Museum and the Web 2010. I’ll be blogging about some of them over the next week (as I’m stranded in Denver due to #ashtag). One of the best, without a doubt, was the Spinny Bars Historical Society, or SBHS.Read More »
March 23rd Erik Schilp, CEO of the Dutch Museum of National History (the institution I work for) gave a compelling speech on the Canon of Dutch history and the museum of the 21st century. He gave his speech “The Dutch Canon as guiding principle for the new National Museum of History of the Netherlands?” at the Euroclio Conference in Nijmegen. And, fortunately for non-Dutch speaking readers of this blog, his speech was in English. You can read the full text of his speech as a PDF.
I full-heartedly agree with Erik’s thoughts and ideas about the role of museums in society and the changes they have to make to meet the new demands of visitors. Some excerpts:
On new media and technology:
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(…) the influence of new media and technology has changed the concepts of museums even more rapidly and radically. With the whole world at their feet, at least digitally, people are making other demands on public institutions. They are better informed of the possibilities, are more emancipated and demanding and, on the whole, are also more inquisitive and have a greater appetite for information. The focus of attention is no longer the collection, but the visitor. It is not the collection that is important, but the story behind it. The collection serves as an illustration of the story to be told, and sometimes of what a visitor may wish to convey to other visitors.
The most important lesson I learnt when I tested Amsterdam museums with Seb Chan is ‘deliver what your visitors expect’. Last Friday I visited the Ruhrmuseum in Zollverein, near Essen. It’s one of the best museum I’ve ever visited in my life. Most of its success, I think, is due to them delivering what people expect to find in this museum: a full sensory experience that makes you discover the Ruhr area as it really was (and is).Read More »
If you put two molecules together, they sometimes undergo a chemical reaction that gives us some energy. For instance:
C + O2 -> CO2 + energy
This is called an exothermic reaction and it’s the basis of combustion, most electricity, climate change and polar bears going extinct.
It doesn’t always work this way. Some molecules do nothing when put together:
H20 + O2 -> nothing
And sometimes you’ll have to add energy for something to happen (endothermic reactions):
N2 + O2 + energy -> 2 NO
The trick is to find to molecules that combined give extra energy. You win. It’s a thing of nature, a universal law. So, obviously, it applies to more than chemistry.Read More »
Lately I’ve been getting a lot of questions about social media guidelines for museums. There’s been a lot written about the use of social media guidelines, so I’ll limit this post to my experiences.
Why use social media guidelines?
More and more people join social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook or blog about their life or work. Not everybody is a digital native with perfect understanding of the subtleties of the web. I think guidelines are to guide these people towards a rewarding and safe use of social media.
Social media guidelines help people:
- To benefit from the opportunities of social media.
- To engage in a constructive way in online conversation, be it about a museum or their favourite pet.
- To avoid doing things online they might regret, personally or professionally.
- To find their way in your organisation when they discover conversations about your organisation on the web.
- To feel comfortable while writing about their work online.
Social media guidelines are meant to enrich people’s online behaviour, not to limit it.Read More »