Richard Urban is currently a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and serves as a board member for the Museum Computer Network. He arrived at this interesting association with librarians after serving as Operations Coordinator for the Collaborative Digitization Program, where he participated in the development of best practices for cultural heritage materials, conducted training, and tried not to get run over while standing at the the intersection of libraries, museums and archives. In a previous life, Richard earned a MA in History and a Museum Studies Certificate from the University of Delaware.
A little bit of fun for mid-week. via @twidale and @unsworth Making Future Magic: iPad light painting from Dentsu London on Vimeo.
At MCN 2010 I’ll be participating in a follow-on to last year’s “Conference Roundup.” I wasn’t there in person, but the webcast of the session was great! I noticed that the conferences mentioned were mostly related professional conferences, without too much discussion about the kinds of research conferences that I’m usually attending these days. For [...]
If you haven’t heard about it yet, check out the upcoming Yours, Mine, Ours: Leadership Through Collaboration workshop organized by the folks at RLG Programs/OCLC Research on the topic of library, archive and museum collaboration. There will be a two day event in Washington, D.C. hosted by the Smithsonian, but you can also sign up [...]
For the past week a group of hackers have been feverishly working on a top secret new project in a government-funded lab in the outskirts of Washington, D.C. While this might sound like a great opening to a new Dan Brown thriller, it’s actually a description of the One Week | One Tool project [...]
From the folks at IBM that brought you the Many Eyes visualization service, a new tool called Many Bills (as in U.S. Government legislation) is now available. Curious about bills having to do with museums? libraries? archives?
via Brass Goggles International Obscura Day. Atlas Obscura , a compendium of this age’s wonders, curiosities, and esoterica is holding an International Obscura Day. “The Atlas Obscura is a collaborative project with the goal of cataloging all of the singular, eccentric, bizarre, fantastical, and strange out-of-the-way places that get left out of traditional travel guidebooks [...]
Today is #followamuseum Day on Twitter. Museums and museum lovers have been busily sharing their favorite tweeting museums. At http://www.followamuseum.org you can find some (but not all) of the museums who are waiting to be followed. The idea originated with Jim Richardson at Museum Marketing who was disappointed to see that Bill Gate had attracted [...]
via @dancohen Google Goggles is a “visual search application” for Android phones. Snap a picture with your phone and Google turns it into a search. The first video here is the “official” video from Google, but the second one should be of interest to museums. Here the Google rep demonstrates how you might search for [...]
The Museum Computer Network Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce its eight scholarship winners for 2009. Each scholarship provides free registration to the MCN annual conference in Portland, Oregon, free hotel stay, and a small stipend to help cover additional expenses. MCN received nearly 90 stellar applications in 2009 – nearly twice as many as [...]