MCN is pleased to announce that Axiell partnered with MCN as its 2016 “Market Trends sponsor”. This gives Axiell the opportunity to develop an annual survey, whose findings will add new market intelligence to our sector in the form of a free industry report that will be shared throughout MCN’s community and Axiell’s customers.
Axiell is interested in knowing the predominant strategies that museums use to improve your collections data and to what degree your institution is leveraging volunteers and crowdsourcing. Leveraging volunteers and crowdsourcing are often lauded as solutions for addressing digitization backlogs, data cleaning and increasing the depth of data records.
However, this is often much more difficult than it sounds and comes with an inherent set of challenges. While some institutions make fantastic strides in this area, others struggle to get started.
If you’re interested in responding to the survey, use the info below:
The findings of the survey will be made available in a free report which will provide readers with insight into how different institutions use volunteers and crowdsourcing to improve their collections data; how different institutions prioritize this approach, how much progress has been made, what challenges are being faced and what solutions are being implemented. The report will be co-presented by Axiell and MCN.
The full report will include case studies and practical advice from successful programs, identify challenges and potential pitfalls and provide an overview of how the industry prioritizes volunteers and crowdsourcing.
Over the last few days, we’ve seen a couple of tweets about the number of MCN sponsor emails landing in your inbox. This might be a little surprising to those new to the conference, so I thought I’d try to clear things up a bit.
Expanding strategic partnerships that include opportunities for sponsors is a core goal of MCN’s current Strategic Plan. Commercial partners are intrinsic to the fabric of our community: they bring tremendous innovation to the museum sector, and without their support, the annual conference just would not be possible. This year, we’re introducing new ways for sponsors to share their insights and actively participate in the conversation at the conference: “Partners in Conversation” is a new conference program series in which vendors partner with a museum for a conversation on a current museum technology topic; our “Market Trends” sponsor will partner with MCN to develop and co-present an annual survey that will provide market intelligence to our sector; and we will be hosting our first “Birds of a Feather SIGs Breakfast”, a one-hour event giving vendors an opportunity to have a conversation with members of Special Interest Groups around topics relevant to their respective practice area.
We realize the last thing many of us wish is a few more emails in our inbox; just know that these emails are legitimate communications from vendors that are excited to attend next week’s conference, share their presence with you, and look forward to making new connections with all of us.
MCN is grateful for the support of our 2016 sponsors. Please make sure to stop by to meet them in the Sponsor Hall during the conference. In the meantime, safe travels, and see y’all next week in New Orleans.
MCN is proud to sponsor Karaoke Night during the Museums and the Web Conference in Chicago, IL. We’ll provide the karaoke, snacks, and a first round—additional drinks are on you. Join us for a great community building event!
When: Friday, April 10th, 9:00pm to 2:00am
Where: Pop KTV
2002 S Wentworth Ave (2nd Floor)
Map & Directions
Located 4 stops from MW2015 Conference Hotel on the Red Line (Cermak-Chinatown stop)
Start practicing now. We’ll see you there!
Photograph: Martha Williams POP KTV