Perian Sully works in the cultural heritage field, specifically helping archives, libraries, and museums activate their collections by making them accessible to a wide range of stakeholders. She is also the Program Chair for the American Association of Museums' Media and Technology Standing Professional Committee. She graduated from the John F. Kennedy Museum Studies Museum Studies program in 2006, earning her M.A. by writing about the evolution of collection records management and technology. Perian's route to becoming a museum collections/technology professional began when she discovered that her studies in Environmental Biology just weren't for her and she traveled the world until she decided to become a 3-D game artist. Fortunately, she wasn't very good at computer-generated art either, but her undergraduate work-study jobs at the University of California, Davis slide library and Richard L. Nelson Gallery showed her that perhaps museums were just the thing. When she's not trying to save the world one collection record at a time, Perian studies historical fashion, creates elaborate clothing and costumes, and makes interestingly-flavoured chocolates using such ingredients as lavender or bacon.
I’m currently attending the Society of American Archivists annual meeting, here in sunny San Diego. It’s my first SAA meeting, and I feel like I could be at Museums and the Web or the Museum Computer Network conferences. Just take a look at some of the sessions: Choose Your Own Arrangement: Using Large-scale Digitization Efforts [...]
A friend of mine posted this on his Facebook wall and thought it was a great question. So tossing it out to you: It’s obvious that Facebook has changed how we communicate. (We use status updates and blurbs and other people’s voices a lot more now, and it’s faster), but has it changed, in any [...]
Museums and the Web 2012 finished up yesterday, with a closing plenary called Epic fail – a forum on failure and ‘failing forwards’ with Seb Chan, Jane Finnis and Bruce Wyman. For two hours, we heard about 5 failed technology projects, discussing what didn’t work and why, and any positive outcomes. Maybe that’s why I [...]
One of the really cool and exciting things about the rise of the mobile platform is that, by definition, they can be used almost anywhere. This greatly impacts the scale and scope of educational opportunities for organizations looking to get their programs (literally) into the hands of a curious public. So imagine the opportunities for [...]
I would like to welcome our newest Musematic contributor, Joaquin Ortiz, Digital Interpretation Manager at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. In that role, Joaquin is responsible for coordinating design, development, and evaluation of digital interactive exhibits and online exhibitions. He also manages MOPA’s educational outreach programs for senior citizens. He also has a background [...]
Ever since I’ve started in this biz, I’ve noticed a number of similarities with my major projects. Almost always they have to do with sharing and access, but the biggest theme has to do with integration and collaboration. Sometimes the “collaboration” part of that sentence is completely internal. Institutional departments can be just as siloed [...]
For a few years, I’ve heard some rumblings and complaints from various quarters about feeling excluded from technology groups, digital humanities groups, and other like-minded organizations. And in the past couple of days, the topic has come up again, in a number of different discussions. It has gotten me thinking a lot about siloed outreach [...]
With technology, it’s often easy to forget that there’s a much easier way to do something than relying on the latest scripts or gadgets. This is a story of creating a gallery iPad kiosk.
In tech circles, there has been a lot of sturm und drang this past week over Wired’s cover article, The Web is Dead. Long Live the Internet. It’s an interesting and provocative title, but like many technology pundits before it (and Wired itself, it must be noted), Wired has fallen into the trap of declaring something as so simply to get the scoop. The problem here is that the so in this case, the death of the World Wide Web, is so premature – if it happens at all – as to be laughable.
Within change lies great opportunity, but what happens when individual change is incremental and the rest of the world is exponential? Our cultural institutions are in the slow lane, still, and they are being threatened because of it.