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The 8 Essential Things Museums are Providing Right Now

We’re all in unique little bubbles at the moment, learning how to navigate this continually shifting stay-at-home environment. It’s impacted different people in very different ways. But one thing has been consistent from day one—in spite of their doors closing, the museums of the world have stepped up to fill the void. It was stunning to see the speed in which thousands of museums pivoted to bring valuable cultural opportunities to the homes of millions.

Behind the scenes, museum pros aren’t just working from home in meetings with their own teams. The cultural sector has been organizing cross-institutionally to achieve our missions. The goal is to be efficient in our collaborations with other museums, disperse new learnings and best practices, and amplify one another’s efforts as quickly as possible.

The result are eight essential elements that museums have provided us for weathering the storm, and impressive examples of new initiatives created in the past weeks to get us through.

Peace

With all of the uncertainty in our daily lives, bringing a sense of calm seemed the obvious choice for museums. Many are retreats to take a deep breath and spend time slow-looking at your favorite artwork. Others hold special memories or objects that bring you peace and calm. Enter #MuseumMomentofZen, one of the first cross-institutional hashtags to hit the ground running. It’s simple. Museums share a beautiful moment on their social channels and encourage you to relax.

@FieldMuseum on Twitter

Humor

To the general public, museum folk seem serious. We’re anything but. When your life revolves around fossilized poop, tying a bonnet, or mundane requests from contemporary artists, you must have a sense of humor. Many museum social media managers jumped at the chance to bring levity to the moment by sharing some of our more ludicrous scenarios. In Chicago, penguins need to stretch their legs at the Shedd. Then the Field’s T. rex got in on the action. (And the Adler followed with…Chris?)

But no one stole the world’s heart more than Tim, the National Cowboy Museum’s security guard. Left to his own devices, he was asked by “Seth in Marketing” (who is really Seth in Marketing) to share his experiences on the museum’s social channels. His pure-hearted efforts have us all sending him a “cheers” beer emoji. It also has an international audience excited to visit a museum they’ve never heard of thanks to a simple, well-executed idea.

@NGADC on Twitter

Escape

In the early days of quarantine, museums quickly began featuring existing virtual tours, 360-degree videos, and Google Arts and Culture partnerships to bring exhibits directly to our living rooms. The news media was quick to compile lists of these resources as a way to escape the day-to-day. But museum staff took it one step further, creating new, live tours on the spot or documenting behind-the-scenes moments. The Castello di Rivoli in Italy was an early example of a curator who went to great lengths to bring the cultural treasures of her institution to online audiences. In the US, the National Gallery of Art is doing extremely in-depth #MuseumFromHome tours of each gallery in order to keep a behemoth institution accessible for the public.

Carlos Museum on Facebook

Sharing

Even as museums face furloughs and layoffs of their own, giving back is top of mind. With PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) shortages reaching crisis levels, museums around the world are sharing their materials. Beyond basic cleaning supplies, museums have something many companies don’t—conservation departments (and their impressive protective gear.) To take it one step further, museums are now organizing their own campaign to thank the health heroes who are on the frontlines of the crisis. #MuseumsThankHealthHeroes takes place April 1 at 11 a.m. ETD.

@tussenkunstenquarantaine on Instagram

Creativity

For those who find themselves with more time while staying in, it’s the perfect opportunity to get creative. Museums have answered the call for all ages and across many mediums. For antsy kids, children’s museums are providing at-home DIY activities tied to art and science. Others have quickly turned freely available collections images into printable coloring pages—an easy way to relieve stress. The Rjiksmuseum discovered and shared a Dutch Instagram account with a genius Stay-at-Home Challenge: choose your favorite artwork, then recreate it with objects from around your home. The result will leave you amazed, laughing, and inspired.

The Children’s Museum on Facebook

Education

The mission of nearly every museum is focused on learning. It only made sense to bring that learning online when the doors closed, if it wasn’t already. For those who already had e-learning resources, this meant updating the focus of their website to put these tools at parents’ and educators’ fingertips. The breadth and depth of online learning that’s possible through museum websites and social media is mind-boggling, you can “Spy From Home” with the International Spy Museum, go on a virtual spring break at the Museum of the American Revolution, or binge-watch  the Brain Scoop for an ample dose of natural science knowledge. The world’s largest children’s museum in Indianapolis, which includes a STEM Lab, paleontology lab, Chihuly sculpture, train, carousel, and a sports complex to-boot, is creating an impressive amount of new educational resources with their staff experts and sharing them on their social channels.

 

A screenshot of a Tweet from the MERL featuring their challenge to join the #AniMERLCrossing campaign

@TheMERL on Twitter

Connection

Museums are stepping up to remedy the feelings of isolation that come with social distancing by creating unique ways to connect us. In online spaces, museum staff are cleverly tying their missions and collections to familiar activities for digital audiences. In one example, President Lincoln’s Cottage is hosting a Virtual Game Night for families (the first one sold out in a couple of hours!) The MERL (Museum of English Rural Life), known for always being a step ahead of the latest meme, has found its niche with the popular Animal Crossing gaming community. Within the game, users can intricately design their own smocks, which is a direct tie to the MERL’s collection. And so, #AniMERLCrossing was born.

@NYHistory on Twitter

 

Collaboration

Above all else, what the museum technology and museum social media communities do best is collaborate. And boy have we been. We’ve been out-ed before for our “secret society of museum social media managers” that must exist somewhere (shhhh…). This community is churning out the campaigns, for sure. From #MuseumAlphabet to #MuseumBouquet, we’re banding together to amplify content across our institutions–small and large–in ways that resonate with audiences. Likely the most logistically ambitious, #MuseumGames is a broader hashtag with a uniquely interactive campaign embedded within it—a weekly Sunday cross-institutional crossword puzzle.

Sorry, not sorry. I have two…

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Participate and amplify

Join in the virtual conversations and activities. Share the content with others. Engagement numbers matter now to us more than ever. A Facebook “Share”, a Twitter “RT”, a Blog shoutout all are important forms of support.

Keep your membership

It’s understandable that everyone is pinching pennies. Museums are too, and thousands in the cultural sector are losing their jobs as well. At the very least, you can support us by not cancelling your membership. The dollars matter. But also, the morale that comes from the additional member family on our roster matters. Your support is more valuable now than at any other time.

Help us advocate

We were lucky that museums were included in the recent economic relief legislation. It took tireless effort from our professional networks and support systems to ensure this, and it won’t be the last time we’ll need support. Help us advocate at every opportunity. We rally around AAM’s advocacy initiatives.

Donate if you can

If you are comfortable doing so at this time, donations to your community museum will go far in making an impact…not only in the lives of the staff whose jobs you’ll save, but in the programs that you’ll be continuing to support.

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The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections

 

In the blink of an eye, once-crowded museums sit empty. We’re preparing ourselves for social distancing and potential quarantine. This is the time for museum technology to step up and fill the void. The potential of online collections, virtual tours, and social media campaigns have always been there, but now the opportunity for impact is incalculable.

Access to endless open content. Educational resources for e-learning. Virtual retreats to art, culture, and history around the globe. This is the museum technology community’s time to shine!

If you’re a museum tech enthusiast looking to be part of the conversation, join one of MCN’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs). They are currently free for non-members so more can share resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This list will be continually updated with examples of museum and museum-adjacent virtual awesomeness. It is by no means exhaustive. If you have a virtual museum or museum-adjacent resource to contribute on behalf of your organization, please fill out this Google Form.

Every resource is free to access and enjoy.
Much of it, though not all, is also open content, in the sense that it’s freely reusable and re-mixable under Creative Commons licensing. Open content is clearly labeled on its respective website.

PORTALS

Image: V21 Artspace

VIRTUAL TOURS / ONLINE EXHIBITS

Art and Culture Museums
History Museums
Natural Science Museums
National Parks

Online Exhibits

E-LEARNING

Created for Kids

ONLINE COLLECTIONS

Art and Cultural Collections
Science Collections
History Collections

DIGITAL ARCHIVES & LIBRARIES

Huge thanks to the many who have written helpful blogs with their favorite museum tech resources. Your contributions are all included here: Cuseum, Mia Ridge, Jenni Fuchs, and Alicja Peszkowska.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Articles on COVID’s Impact on Museums
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Announcing the 2020 DEAI Advisory Board

 

Please join me in congratulating the latest cohorts of the MCN Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion advisory board members! This year marks the third iteration of the advisory board since its inception (see Charter). New members this year will serve a two-year term (ending December 2021) working on various initiatives and projects that further diversity and inclusion throughout the MCN organization. In addition to the newest members, several of last year’s advisory board members were selected to remain on the advisory board for a second year of service. 

I look forward to our work this year as we continue striving to make MCN and the museum technology sector more inclusive, accessible, diverse, and equitable!

Yvonne Lee
Board member & DEAI Board Liaison

Yvonne Lee



Jessica BrodeFrank
Jessica BrodeFrank (she/her) is the Digital Collections Access Manager at the Adler Planetarium, and pursues a DPhil in Digital Humanities with University of London researching implicit database bias, and the use of crowdsourcing metadata projects as engagement tools. She is currently interested in incorporating diverse voices towards creating representative museum narratives.


Emily Hardin
Emily Hardin (they/them, she/her) is set to graduate with their MA in Museology from University of Washington in June.  They have worked and volunteered at various art and history museums and galleries, the Seattle Aquarium, and the Burke Museum of Natural History, and are very passionate about inclusion for the LBTQ+ community and accessibility in all museological spaces.


Marina Piza
With a background in Visual Arts and Museology, Marina (she/her/elle) has spent the past ten years working in museums around Canada. She is part of a small group of immigrants and visible minorities currently working in the field. Marina is invested in supporting under-represented groups and is delighted to join MCN DEAI.


Gurpreet Singh
Gurpreet Singh (he/him/his), with a background in AI, ML, and NLP, is an instructor at Lethbridge College and lab coordinator for the Digital Humanities lab (University of Lethbridge). As a project manager for the ‘Visionary Cross’ project – a Digital Cultural Heritage project in the Anglo-Saxon era – he specializes in Data Management and Dissemination.

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Let’s kick off 2020! A Message from your Conference Program Co-Chairs

Written by Andrea Montiel de Shuman and Andrea Ledesma, MCN 2020 Conference Program Chairs

After a lovely break, we’re kicking off the year by getting started with MCN 2020. Last year, we introduced a number of changes meant to enhance the conference experience. To all those who attended, presented, and sponsored: thank you! Your feedback helped us understand our successes, our challenges, and how we can grow.

This year we’re excited to announce two additional program co-chairs. Welcome Mimosa Shah and Meredith L. Steinfels! Together, we’re committed to designing a program that continues to be engaging and accessible, rigorous and thought-provoking. We’re eager to create a space that both spotlights innovative technologies and pressing topics in our sector and amplifies the many voices behind that work.

Also joining us is the Program Committee. They’re a fantastic crew of field experts who are crucial in deciding a theme, nominating keynote speakers, reviewing applications, ideating program changes, and more.

Get to know your MCN 2020 Program Committee below. We can’t wait to get started!

Program Co-Chairs

Meredith Steinfels
Greetings! I’m Meredith, Digital Platforms Manager and Archives Specialist at the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth. I’m responsible for the museum’s evolving digital ecosystem: the collection management system, digital asset management system, collection website, discrete digital-based projects, and digitization, as well as rights and reproductions and work on the James Nachtwey archive. I am passionate about equitable digital literacy and access to information, and the intersection of social justice and technology.

When not behind a screen, I live a largely analog life: baking, knitting, reading bad thrillers, and wrangling the raddest preschooler in New England.

Mimosa Shah
Hello! I’m Mimosa, Adult Program Coordinator at Skokie Public Library, where for the past five years I’ve managed, developed, and evaluated informal learning opportunities for adults. I work in collaboration with colleagues across departments to whet our community’s curiosity, ranging from discussions around world cinema to workshops on birdwatching. I teach digital literacy classes, facilitate discussions and pop-up events, and provide advisory support. Stop by a public desk, and I’m ready to dish on the best graphic novels, the upcoming incarnation of “Blade,” or the painterly quality of Merchant-Ivory productions.

I pivot between the analog and digital in my work and beyond. Lately, my interests have focused upon media literacy and ways to deal with misinformation campaigns; digital photography and how we use various platforms to share, archive, and work against the constraints they sustain; zine-making and paper arts that memorialize stories waiting to be documented; and space-making for and with communities marginalized by aspects of their identities.

In my ‘spare’ time, I wrangle two kiddos to the best libraries, museums, gardens, and happenings around Chicago because I am a culture nerd, and hope to instill in them the same curiosity about the world around us. Having perfected my samosa recipe, I’m eager to learn how to make new street foods.

I served on MCN’s DEAI Advisory Board in 2019, and am honored to be part of the team again in 2019. I’m proud of the work we’ve done to make the annual conference and by extension, our field more inclusive and welcoming. I am also very excited to be a Program Co-Chair in 2020, and to give back to a community that has provided me with such insight into how the digital transforms our organizations.

Andrea Montiel de Shuman
Hola! I’m Andrea Montiel de Shuman, Mexican immigrant from beautiful Puebla, where I grew up surrounded by great food, music, colors, and museums.

As the Digital Experience Designer at the Detroit Institute of Arts, I lead public-facing digital experiences to help visitors find themselves in art. My favorite tasks are to collaborate with community advisors, user-test & fill boards with sticky notes. I enjoy engaging in sector-wide conversations discussing moral + ethical implications of technology; Knight Foundation has supported me in joining a number of these endeavors.

In recent years I’ve been collaborating with Smithsonian Latino Center in preparing the first galleries that will honor the contributions of Latinos in the history of America and also help coordinate the annual Media & Tech MUSE Awards by the American Alliance of Museums.

When not thinking about museums, I enjoy illustrating, spoiling my cat, watching 90’s Anime or hunting for green spaces, new music, indigenous art & weird art books with my partner. After a wonderful 2019, I feel excited and honored to be back this year, now with a larger team! We have so many dreams for our MCN family.

Andrea Ledesma
Hi again, MCN! I’m Andrea Ledesma. I’m fascinated with how digital technologies impact how the public engages with history, culture, and each other. As the Web and Digital Project Specialist at the Field Museum in Chicago, I manage fieldmuseum.org and other digital storytelling projects. I weave together strategy, content, and design. I love a good spreadsheet. If not in a museum find me exploring the snack aisle and on Twitter at @am_ledesma.

Before the Field, I enjoyed working on digital projects for Brown University, the Tenement Museum, Digital Public Library of America, and National Park Service. Co-chairing MCN 2019 was such a wonderful experience, and I’m honored to have the opportunity again.

Program Committee Members

  • Adrienne Lalli Hills, Oklahoma Contemporary
  • Alison Koch, Playwrights Horizons
  • Amanda Dearolph, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
  • Ashley Bowen, Science History Institute
  • Castle U. Kim, Florida State University
  • Cathy Sigmond, RK&A
  • Claire Blechman, Peabody Essex Museum
  • Claire Pillsbury, Exploratorium
  • Devon Armstrong, Boston Children’s Museum
  • Eric Longo, MCN
  • Erin Canning, Aga Khan Museum
  • Gavin Mallory, Cogapp
  • Heather White, Yale University
  • Jennifer Foley, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  • Jessica Milby, Penn Museum
  • Jessica Warchall, Terra Foundation for American Art
  • John Turner, University of Michigan Museum of Art
  • Max Evjen, Michigan State University
  • Miranda Kerr, Shedd Aquarium
  • Pamela Martin, Albright-Knox Art Gallery
  • Rana Chan, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
  • Roger Tuan, Field Museum
  • Sean Blinn, Consultant
  • Susan Wigodner, Obama Foundation / Obama Presidential Center
  • Tricia Robson, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
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Apply to serve on MCN’s DEAI Advisory Board (2020-2021 term)


We are recruiting 6 to 10 individuals to serve on the second year of our Advisory Board dedicated to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.

RESPONSIBILITY

Governed by a Charter, MCN’s DEAI Advisory Board is a consultative body made up of community members tasked with representing and advocating for the interests of the MCN community on DEAI matters. The Advisory Board supports and guides the work of MCN in DEAI initiatives and begin our ongoing process to make the organization—and the field of museum technology—more inclusive.

COMMITMENT

This is a two-year commitment. The Advisory Board will meet at most on a quarterly basis. We encourage one face-to-face meeting per year at MCN’s annual conference, although the ability to attend the conference is not a prerequisite for joining the advisory board.

SELECTION CRITERIA

We hope to bring on around 6 to 10 new members who represent wide-ranging dimensions of diversity, with an eye towards giving voice to under-represented groups. For our organization, diversity means a lot of things. Advisors will advocate for groups that are historically marginalized due to race, gender and gender expression, sexual orientation, ability, economic background, and age. We’re also looking for members from a wide range of cultural institutions and professional roles, considering dimensions such as subject matter expertise, organization size, and stage in career.

Application are now closed.

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Guest post: Insights from NEW INC’s Museum Technology Track


News from the larger musetch community.

This month, we’re delighted to feature a guest post by NEW INC‘s Director Stephanie Pereira.

NEW INC Director Stephanie Pereira

NEW INC is the New Museum’s incubator for people working at the intersection of art, design and technology. We recruit about 100 members each year through an annual open call process, and through our program provide shared workspace, professional development, mentorship, and participation in an exceptional community.

For the past three years, a core part of our program has been our Museum Technology Track, funded by the Knight Foundation. Members in the Museum Technology Track are provided with a fully subsidized, year-long membership at NEW INC where they participate in field-specific workshops and guest lectures, and have access to mentorship and stipends to support research, prototyping and wider participation in the museum technology sector.

During year one of our Museum Tech track, we invited six teams to join the track program. As a group, we engaged in a field study where we traveled to three cities and met with over a dozen institutions to learn about how the museum sector uses technology. Through our travels, we met with museum leadership, educators, exhibition directors, IT staffers, and development and marketing teams to learn about both the successes and challenges of employing technology in a museum setting.

NEW INC MoversShakers-Detroit

Installation view of public AR video art series NEW INC member Movers and Shakers prototyped during Detroit Art Week with partner Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The experiment was focused on testing the idea of getting digital media artworks and other items from current shows at MoCAD out into the city.

Our key insights from this initial research period revealed quite a bit:

  1. Feelings about technology are mixed. Many museum professionals we met with reported that they’d been burned by an over investment in software or hardware previously, and are often skeptical of tech offerings as a result.
  2. Technology is not a priority for resource strapped museums, especially when previous investment has not paid off.
  3. Museums have plenty of content, but don’t know how to serve it up to their audiences in a way that is meaningful. Ironically, many people we met with felt that their inability to engage their audiences was due to a lack of understanding of who their audiences are, and what they expect from a museum…which is an issue that could potentially be solved with technology.
  4. A depth of understanding on how technology can be used by non-technical museum staff is lacking. And even in the case of staff who are technologically fluent, there is often a gap that inhibits the successful integration of technology with museum mission and goals.

Building on our year one insights, during year two we pivoted the approach of our program so that our six teams would instead focus on partnering with a small or mid-sized museum to research, design and prototype accessible, off-the-shelf technology solutions. Over the course of year two, our teams partnered with 8 museums in 3 cities. We approached each museum partner with two key questions: What are your major barriers for using technology? What are your major barriers for engaging your audiences?

sticker driven audience research

Rendering of simple, sticker driven audience research methodology that NEW INC member Dome tested with San Jose Museum of Art.

As part of their research, one of our member teams interviewed museum staff from ten different institutions and their findings consistently pointed to this issue around lack of understanding in terms of audience. Additionally, across all our work during year-two, we discovered that “access” is a key concern for museums right now. Their own inquiry questions took ours a step further: How are museums better serving and reaching more diverse audiences? How can they use technology as a tool for scaling their reach?

Using these questions as a baseline for building and testing prototypes, our teams developed six products designed with small museum staff and budget resources in mind. As part of their work, we asked them to develop a case study sharing their process for research, development and testing of their work.

All six case studies are available on our website. Take a look and let us know what you think!

Stephanie Pereira, Director
NEW INC at the New Museum

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Meet the Educational and Interpretive Media SIG

A visitor interacts with a table and collections items

A visitor engages with All At Once at the Williams College Museum of Art

Thanks to an ever-growing number of interactives, apps, and online platforms, museums can engage with their audiences in more ways than ever before.

With so many tools available, staff often find themselves discussing the role technology plays in visitor learning:

  • In what ways can technology help provide inclusive and accessible interpretation of the museum’s
    collections?
  • How can digital media be used to connect with visitors both onsite and online?
  • What stories can the museum’s content tell and how can we create that content collaboratively?

Conversations around these topics are the central focus of the Educational and Interpretive Media SIG. As a community of practice, our mission is to build knowledge and skills around the planning and implementation of media and experiences that support visitor’s connections to collections and ideas. Through our messaging board on Basecamp and regular google hangouts, the group addresses the role of digital interpretation and educational tools in the museum.

Interested? Come join us! We’d love to hear about your experiences and learn from each other.

 

SIG Chair – Alicia Viera, Interpretive Planner, Detroit Institute of Arts

SIG Co-Chair Melissa Mair, Senior Interpretation Planner, Carnegie Museum of Art

 

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Meet the Human Centered Design SIG

Human-centered design (HCD) is a process for understanding problems and creating solutions that meet real people’s needs. It emphasizes research and ideation, and can be applied to any type of product, service, or experience, inside and outside museums.   

The HCD SIG is a network for anyone who wants to learn about using human-centered design in your museum work. Anyone interested in using HCD to improve people’s experiences in museums is welcome, no matter your role or level of design experience!   

 

What have we been up to lately? 

Earlier this year, we hosted a webinar with Kathi Kaiser of Centralis. Kathi shared three case studies that took different approaches to usability testing and factors to consider when using this methodology.

We also publish monthly newsletters on our message board with HCD resources that catch our eye. 

 

What’s coming up? 

Since we are a relatively new SIG (only 2 years old!) we’re hoping to use this year’s conference to bring together existing and potential members to brainstorm and iterate on what our SIG should look like moving forward to be the most effective and useful for everyone involved. Stop by the HCD SIG area at the SIG Open House, where we’ll be applying the HCD process to our very own SIG! 

Additionally, Seema Rao will step down from her role as a SIG co-chair after this year’s conference. While we’ll be sad to see her go, we also can’t wait to meet the next SIG co-chair who will help shape and grow the SIG. If you have expertise in HCD or are simply really excited about diving deeper, consider running for co-chair next year! Want to discuss before the conference? Contact Cathy and Seema to learn more.  

Not a member of the HCD SIG yet? Sign up today!

 

Cathy Sigmond, HCD SIG co-chair

 

Seema Rao headshot

Seema Rao, HCD SIG co-chair

 

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Meet the Digital Asset Management SIG

 

A group of people around a table at the Digital Asset Management SIG happy hour, 2017

Photos, videos, audio files! Every museum produces thousands of them – documenting collections, capturing events and exhibitions, marketing the work of the institution. Digital Asset Managers are here to organize, preserve and make accessible all of these priceless assets for research and reuse.  Our SIG supports knowledge sharing, strategy and best practices for DAMS based on the practical knowledge gained through years of experience implementing and working on these systems.  

We have a robust Basecamp group where members share tricky situations and pesky problems to generate solutions – there’s always someone in the group who’s tackled something similar! We also like to collaborate with other SIGs because content users, producers and intrepid IT professionals all have valuable feedback on how these systems function. 

Our interests go beyond what is already available and into what’s coming up in advances in imaging techniques, making connections in meaningful ways through machine learning and feeding new frontiers such as augmented and virtual reality.

We’re a fun SIG that likes to chat about metadata during happy hour – keep your eyes peeled for one coming up soon!

Interested in joining the DAM SIG? 

Fill out the Google form here, someone will be in touch shortly.

 

CO-CHAIR – David Garfinkel, Senior Digital Asset Manager Technician, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet the Digital Imaging SIG

A photographer setting up a shot for a museum object

 

Even if you’re not familiar with institutional digitization programs, book scanners, rapid imaging or FADGI standards, chances are you’ve seen the result of these ideas and by extension, the work of members of the Digital Imaging SIG. Images are the face of museums in the public sphere, from bus and transit ads, to instagram posts about the newest exhibition.

 

The Digital Imaging SIG provides a place for museum photographers and imaging professionals to discuss ideas, explore technical problems and discuss the latest color to be removed from the spectrum. We also organize dinners, happy hours and meet-ups for members to meet face to face and provide a forum for more informal discussion.

 

In May, we held a dinner/social event during the 2+3d conference at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and we are beginning to plan a similar even during the MCN conference in November. A new initiative for 2019 that we are excited about working on is several virtual studio tours, which will take the form of videos partially driven by member questions.

 

We hope this will help build a more collaborative network amongst small studios, by sharing knowledge and innovation that might otherwise be glossed over, or not mentioned in conference talks. More on this in the coming months! If you aren’t currently a member of the Digital Imaging SIG, following along on our Basecamp for updates and to join in the discussion!

 

Ben Cort, Collections Photographer, Portland Art Museum and SIG Chair

 

Christopher Ciccone headshot

Christopher Ciccone, Photographer & Digital Asset Manager, North Carolina Museum of Art and SIG Co-Chair

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