Thoughts and comments from the #MWA2015 Twitter stream

Following on from my experience at Museums and the Web Asia and the focus on people and communities, and how technology is one of the tools museums can use really effectively to connect with communities I have put together a few short and insightful thoughts and comments from the #MWA2015 Twitter stream

Courtney O’Callaghan spoke about the friction between things we think we need and things we actually need in relation to her journey to a usable CMS and I think it’s a useful concept to apply in many other circumstances too (including deciding what to include in this post!)

On a related note Nik Honeysett included this timely reminder – we can’t do new stuff without getting rid of some old stuff.

Seb Chan spoke about giving the public back the stuff – remembering who we are here for and what we can do to help people feel included and connected to their cultural heritage.

Angelita Teo shared what digital engagement means to the National Museum of Singapore (it’s about people!)

Nik Honeysett shared some data on what visitors do when they are in museums – 48% text friends about their visit, 42% look up information related to the attraction, 40% leave a post/photo on social media about their visit

Melissa Langdon spoke about creating Secrets of the Maritime Museum – a digital trail of discovery. The aim was to animate a static space and attract a younger and more culturally diverse demographic. One of the challenges was to how to unlock secrets in well known stories – to do this she used oral histories and looked at the human stories. They invited primary age children to participate in a workshop and the children co-created content as part of the process.

Courtney Johnston raised a great point about data collection, and reminded us that we (the professionals) are not the normal visitor #WeAreNotNormal

My take home from the web crit was this reminder from Emily Sykes

In the session on Australian and New Zealand videogames in the 1980s Cam Hocking shared this thought – it’s great to see projects like Play it Again coming out of a recognition of the significance of this part of our history and changing our practices to include this sort of cultural material in our collections.

Mike Jones shared some interesting ideas in his talk about Artefacts and Archives – we are living in a world of constant technological change, how do we produce content that outlasts the containers we build? Become technology agnostic.

Thanks to all the organisers, presenters, and tweeters for a really great conference!

Storify of #MWA2015

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