MW18 Community of Practice Top 10 Schedule Suggestions (Online Collections)

MW18 Community of Practice Top 10 Schedule Suggestions (Online Collections)

MW18 is full of presentations from speakers around the world, presenting their latest work and research findings. So then comes the attendee’s question – What should I see? How do I decide which presentations to go to? To try to help with this decision-making process, the MW Communities of Practice are putting together CoP-Schedules – suggestions of ten can’t-be-missed workshops and presentations to check out throughout the conference, in which aspects of the presentation relate to the interests of the Community of Practice.

For the full conference program, check out the MW18 Conference Program.

1. Workshop: Creating catchy content formats: Beyond the Online Collection

Presenter(s): Martijn van der Heijden, Fabrique, The Netherlands; Kate Huckle, Royal Academy of Arts, UK; Louise Cohen, Royal Academy of Arts, UK
Date: Wednesday, April 18
Time: 9am – 12pm
Why: This creative workshop with Fabrique and the Royal Academy of Arts teaches how to discover and prototype new content formats. Of particular relevance to the OC-CoP are the three underlying questions that guide the workshop: What can you do with your online collections to draw and engage visitors? What format fits best for your institution and collection? How can audience insights drive your design?

2. Workshop: Sustaining the Heartbeat of Your Museum’s Content Strategy

Presenter(s): Eric Holter, Cuberis, USA
Date: Wednesday, April 18
Time: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Why: This workshop aims to help prevent choice paralysis – there are so many great, cool things you could do with your digitized and online collection, that it is hard to decide where to begin – by developing a sustainable content strategy. It focuses on how to work with the “long tail” of your museum collection, to bring to the forefront objects not exhibited in your museum.

3. Morning Tea and Coffee Scholarship Presentations

Presenter(s): 5 talks and 5 presenters
Date: Thursday, April 19
Time: 8:00am – 9:00am
Why: MW scholarships are for individuals who have made significant contribution to museum digital practices, so don’t miss the opportunity to learn about what these attendees have been working on. This year’s recipients feature two online collections amongst their projects: Anthea Gunn (Australian War Memorial, Australia) demonstrates the Australian War Memorial’s first online exhibition, in which paintings and photographs are linked with Google Maps and Google Street View, in Art of Nation; and Valerie Peterman (Washington State Arts Commission, USA) presents My Public Art Portal, the online presentation of artworks in Washington’s State Art Collection in My Public Art Portal.

4. Digital Teams

Presenter(s): Structuring for Digital Success: Kati Price, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK; Dafydd James, National Museum Wales, Wales; Development, Supply, Deployment, Demand: Ross Parry, University of Leicester, UK; Doris Ruther Eikhof, University of Leicester, UK; Sally-Anne Barnes, University of Warwick, UK; Erika Kispeter, University of Warwick, UK; Skill and Sensibility: Benjamin Walbrook, Monash University, Australia; Vince Dzeikan, Monash University, Australia
Date: Thursday, April 19
Time: 11:00am – 12:20pm
Hash-dash tag: #MW18-TE
Why: This session covers aspects of internal factors when it comes to online collections: Structuring for Digital Success looks at how to develop and structure a digital team; Development, Supply, Deployment, Demand looks at the skills required to meet digital goals and aspirations; and Skill and Sensibility looks at how digital goals such as innovation relate to museum missions as expressed through mission statements. For those interested in developing digital departments and initiatives, all three talks in this session are must-sees.

5. Community of Practice: Online Collections

Date: Thursday, April 19
Time: 2:00pm – 3:20pm
Why: Come meet fellow members of the Online Collections Community of Practice and talk about what are the biggest issues and questions in the field toady! We will reflect on the past year, and set a path forward for the year to come.

6. New Approaches to Learning

Presenter(s): Making Metadata Into Meaning: Tristan Roddis, Cogapp, UK; I Wonder…: Lucia Marengo, Queen Mary University of London, UK; What Are Your Credentials?: Julia Falkowski, Balboa Park Online Collaborative, USA
Date: Friday, April 20
Time: 9:00am – 10:20am
Hash-dash tag: #MW18-FD
Why: These three talks take a look at how push your online collection to the next level, with ideas about how to leverage the assets developed during the process of creating an online collections into further methods of engagement. Making Metadata Into Meaning shows how IIIF can be used to bring deeper meaning to digitized artworks; I Wonder… examines how to understand users’ needs in order to design meaningful online experiences; and What Are Your Credentials? looks at using the concept of badging to encourage online engagement.

7. Lightening Talks I: How Can We…?

Presenter(s): 11 talks and 11 presenters
Date: Friday, April 20
Time: 11:00am – 12:20pm
Hash-dash tag: #MW18-FF
Why: These six-minute lightening talks are fast but no less informative and inspiring. This session includes a number of talks for those interested in online collections including Kate Huckle’s (Royal Academy of Arts, UK) Changing Approaches to Presenting Online Collections, which asks questions about how to engage new audiences in an increasingly competitive online space.

8. Lightening Talks II: How Did We…?

Presenter(s): 11 talks and 11 presenters
Date: Saturday, April 21
Time: 9:00am – 10:20am
Hash-dash tag: #MW18-SA
Why: This second round of six-minute lightening talks also has plenty of fodder for those interested in online collections, such as Pinning Art, in which Elena Villaespesa (Pratt Institute, USA) and Jennie Choi (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA) talk about the use of the Met’s online collections, focusing on how Pinterest users engage with the online collection.

9. Online Collections

Presenter(s): The People’s Collection Wales: Tom Pert, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Wales; Michael Jones, National Library of Wales, Wales; Dafydd James, National Museum of Wales, Wales; Digital collections, open data, and the boundaries of openness: Jen Ross, University of Edinburgh, Scotland; Ashley Beamer, Royal Ontario Museum, Canada; Christopher Ganley, National Galleries of Scotland, Scotland; Serendipity and Readability: Paul Rowe, Vernon Systems, New Zealand; Jennifer Taylor Moore, Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui, New Zealand
Date: Saturday, April 21
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm
Hash-dash tag: #MW18-SF
Why: Of course, any list of recommendations for online collections is going to feature the session titled Online Collections. The People’s Collection of Wales takes a birds-eye view on online collection development to tell the story of their eponymous online collection from idea generation through deployment and a decade of changing platforms, technologies, data standards, and engagement strategies; Digital collections, open data, and the boundaries of openness examines the concept (and practices) of openness for online collections; and Serendipity and Readability explores how to build an engaging online collection site through prototyping, iterative experimentation, and collaboration with third-party companies. There is something in this session for those interested in almost any of the many areas of online collections, making it one of the real stand-out presentations for online collections at MW18.

10. How-to Session 5: Using Coyote to Describe the World

Presenter(s): Sina Bahram, Prime Access Consulting, Inc., USA; Susan Chun, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA; Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
Date: Saturday, April 21
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Hash-dash tag: #MW18-SG
Why: The final session on this list is on how to make the images in online collections accessible to as many online visitors as possible, including those with vision impairment. Coming out of a case study from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the presenters in this session introduce Coyote, a workflow tool, backing service, and API that supports making large collections of thousands of images accessible in this way. Coyote was developed by presenter and MW17 co-chair Sina Bahram. This session looks like it will leave you motivated and with a plan of action to realize your goals – a great way to end a conference, and so our list of online collections presentation suggestions.

BONUS: First-Timer Orientation

Date: Wednesday, April 18
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Why: It just wouldn’t be a MW suggestion list without a shout-out for the First-Timer Orientation meet. Not just for those interested in online collections, but for everyone – a great way to meet other conference attendees, whether you are a first-timer or not! Veteran attendees as well as first-timers are welcome at this MW staple event.

Author: eecanning

University of Toronto, iSchool, Master of Information & Master of Museum Studies, 2018