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MCN Community Update

Hello MCN Community!  It’s been a while since our last update. We know we are not alone in being challenged by the past two years, and as an organization that has sustained itself through an annual in-person conference, the challenges have been acute. In light of all this, we want to share our ambitions for…

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Announcement from the Executive Director

Dear MCN community members, friends, and colleagues: I’m announcing that at the end of January 2022, I will be leaving my role as Executive Director of MCN. For 10 years, I’ve had the privilege to work with amazing board members, sponsors, and  volunteers. In the past decade together, we’ve doubled the attendance at the annual…

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December 2021 SIG Corner: Intellectual Property

MCN Intellectual Property SIG Chair Margaret McKee encourages #musetech professionals to take intellectual property rights into consideration early in the planning process and to share their copyright conundrums with the MCN community.

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Meet the 2022 SIG Chairs!

Thank you for participating in the 2021 Annual SIG Chairs Elections! Join me in congratulating all of the SIG Chairs reelected for the 2022 term and in welcoming three newly elected Chairs who’ll be joining this amazing group of community leaders and volunteers to co-lead the SIGs this year: Brian Hewitt, David Zlatic and Gregory…

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Elect your 2022 SIG chairs and co-chairs!

Each December, we ask the MCN community to elect chairs and co-chairs of our Special Interest Groups. SIGs, as we call them, are volunteer-led MCN members’ communities of practice that operate under the oversight of the MCN board. SIGs are organized around specific topics of interest or niche practice areas that reflect the diversity of…

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November 2021 SIG Corner: Educational and Interpretive Media

Educational and Interpretive Media SIG Chairs Kajva Armstrong and Chelsea Shannon wanted to create space for their members to come together and help each other navigate a year of constantly shifting priorities, plans, and concerns.

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The MCN Member Email Incident

Developing a website is always an adventure, especially when building improvements onto a live site like mcn.edu. This blog post is to share some of the behind the scenes of an incident that occurred this morning, including why it happened because we want to be transparent about all of the development activities around the website…

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Seeing Your Data Differently Through The Lens Of Linked Data

by Erin Canning, Ontology Systems Analyst at LINCS (Linked Infrastructure for Networked Cultural Scholarship); @eecanning on Twitter Linked data is a way of structuring data so that it can be connected to data from other sources and queried all together. For museums, this discussion often comes up in regards to collections data: how can different…

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September 2021 SIG Corner: Human-Centered Design

By MCN Human-Centered Design SIG Chairs Cathy Sigmond, Head of Strategy/Senior Researcher at RK&A, Inc. (@cjsigmond) and Madhav Tankha, UX/UI Designer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art If the pandemic has brought one idea to light since it began in 2020, it’s this: people matter most. This is just as true for museums as it…

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Meet the 2021 Board Member Cohort!

I’m delighted to announce that the Board of Directors of MCN has just appointed Lyn Hsieh, Andrea Ledesma, Brittany Nazario, Seema Rao, and Jessica Warchall to serve on the Board for a 3-year term effective this November. Join me in congratulating each of them on their appointment. As new faces join the board, others will…

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August 2021 SIG Corner: DAM SIG

By MCN DAM SIG Chairs Jessica Herczeg-Konecny, Lead Technical Analyst, Digital Asset Management, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art & Rachael Winter Durant, Digital Asset Management on the Solutions team at Gates Archive In this month’s MCN SIG Corner highlighting Digital Asset Management (DAM), we want to take a moment to reflect on how the…

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DEAI From A Museum Technologist’s Perspective

by Mark Osterman, Digital Experience Manager and Head of Education at the Lowe Art Museum, and MCN Board Member (@osterman_mark on Twitter) How should we as museum technologists think about and act upon diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI)? I am constantly grappling with this question in my current practice. Over the past 20 years—while…

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