OUR MISSION

Advancing Digital Transformation in the Cultural Sector.

MCN’s core purpose is to foster innovation and excellence by supporting professionals who seek to transform the way their cultural organizations reach, engage and educate their audiences using digital technologies.  We do this by building a community that attracts, nurtures, inspires and sustains exceptional professionals.

 

NEXT MCN PRO WORKSHOP

SAVE THE DATE!

Join us for this FREE MCN Pro Workshop:

"The Tangled Web: Organizing and Storing your Files

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:00-3:00pm ET


Have you ever gotten tangled in a web of disorganized video and image files? What are the best practices for organizing and storing images, audio and video? What is the difference between interpretive content and collections content? What constitutes a work of art and a backup work of art when discussing file types?
Anna Chiaretta-Lavatelli and Emily Lytle-Painter, co-chairs of MCN's Media Production SIG, will explore issues around digital file storage and organization in cultural organizations in an informal “radio show” style chat with short “presentations” and Q&A.  Guest speakers to be announced shortly!
 
How To Participate
The workshop will be conducted via a Google Hangout, to allow all participants to get the feel of the user and producer experience. Information on how to connect will be announced shortly. Check back soon. 

MCN 2014

REGISTRATION OPENING EARLY AUGUST - STAY TUNED.

The Museum Computer Network 42nd Annual Conference will be held in Dallas at the Fairmont Hotel from November 19-22, 2014.

Photo: Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas,Texas designed by Santiago Calatrava. Online licence from iStockphoto, from Getty Images.

 

Registration for the Conference will open in August. Registration fees as follows:

  • MCN Members: $475 Early Bird (by October 15, 2014) / $550 after
  • Non-members: $550 Early Bird (by October 15, 2014) / $650 after
  • Student/emerging professionals: $175 Early Bird (by October 15, 2014) / $250 after
  • Small museums: $325 Early Bird (by October 15, 2014) / $375 after
  • Daily registration: $275
  • Workshop: $110

Presenters will be issued a $50 discount on their conference registration fee at the time of registration.

Terms & Conditions on the submission website.

 

Fairmont Hotel MCN conference night rate: $189+tax.

Connect with the MCN Community

Find out what's going on in the cultural heritage community and connect with a generous group of professionals who are always willing to share expertise and help find solutions.  Here are where the most vibrant online discussions take place:
- Sign up for the MCN Listserv
- Join the conversation on Twitter @MuseumCN
- Join the Museum Computer Network group on LinkedIn
 
 

NET NEUTRALITY AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE CULTURAL SECTOR

We in the museum sector are deeply concerned about the impact of the new Internet regulations proposed by FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler. The new rules would allow ISPs to charge a premium for those (wealthy companies) who can afford to pay to deliver their content better and faster to their online audiences. 
 
He may call it "Net Neutrality", but what Tom Wheeler is proposing is anything but fair and open access to the Internet. If ISPs can charge a premium to those online publishers who can afford to pay to get their digital content to their customers faster and better, all other online content will become harder and less accessible by default. That means all the billions of small, independent and non-profit websites will be at a crippling disadvantage in the online marketplace. Their websites will be harder to find. Their content will download to your computers more slowly than that of the major multinationals. Unless they can stump up the money to "pay to play", they could become effectively invisible online, their voices silenced, their stories inaccessible.
 

If you are concerned about the potential implications of this impending FCC regulation, here are some of the things you can do: 

Resources: