Musematic
If (2.0)

Posted by on Monday April 11 2011

If you can keep your tech budget when all about you,
Are losing their’s;
If you can trust yourself to implement Open Office when all men doubt you,
but make allowance for their Microsoft Office;
If you can implement a gestural interface and not be caught up in touchscreens; or surface tables.

If you can tweet – and not make twitter your master;
If you can friend – and not make friending your aim;
If you can get at least one curator to write a blog entry;
Or coax a visitor to comment on a blog post;
Or one visitor to check in on foursquare and thus have your mayor.

If you can watch your legacy apps grow old and worn,
and still trust you made the right decision;
If you can heap all your development on one programmer,
And risk him leaving for a better job at the Met;
If you can put your collections online and by doing so digitize 10,000 images,
and with them capture metadata that is true to METS, or CDWA, or CCO, or at the very least Dublin Core;

If you can integrate your DAM, CMS and CIS,
And by doing so risk none of them working;
If you can talk with Curators and Educators,
And not let them think you are the devil;
If neither budget cuts, layoffs, government shutdowns, nor shiny new gadgets can derail your project
Yours is that new CTO job;
And – which is more – you’ll be a museum technologist my son.

If you can keep your tech budget when all about you

Are losing their’s;

If you can trust yourself to implement Open Office when all men doubt you,

but make allowance for their Microsoft Office;

If you can implement a gestural interface and not be caught up in touchscreens; or surface tables


Filed under: Random Musings

5 Responses to “If (2.0)”

  1. Rebecca Lawrence
    April 11th, 2011 03:48

    Just printed it and pinned it above my desk. Entertaining and delightful :) Thanks so much!


  2. Rob Lancefield
    April 11th, 2011 04:24

    Excellent. When can we hope for a dramatic rendition on YouTube?


  3. Nate Solas
    April 11th, 2011 08:03

    What Rob said. :)


  4. Andrea Scotti
    September 8th, 2011 12:14

    Never read poetry in the field of Humanities & Computing … but this looks like a nice start-up..


  5. Richard Bourke
    September 9th, 2011 01:48

    Quite beautiful, and also printed out here.

    For those who don’t know the original inspiration.

    http://www.kipling.org.uk/poems_if.htm


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