Thursday, February 26, 2009

Blog redirect to "Museums without Borders"

Dear Readers,

Thank you for checking out In-heritance, the blog that has served Heritance for over two years. In keeping with Heritance's new program focus, Open Museum, we are consolidating our two separate blogs into one: "Museums without Borders" .

In "Museums without Borders", you'll find two to three new posts per week on issues related to curating a collection on Open Museum (OMo): issues such as costs and benefits to the OMo curator, strategies for planning and building an online collection, intellectual property and copyright law, and OMo's web 2.0 technology as a tool for community outreach.

Please visit us at Museums without Borders and consider bookmarking the blog as well as Open Museum so that you can follow developments ( and get as involved as you choose!) in helping to build what we hope will become the global museum.

Best wishes,

Maureen Doyle
Executive Director of Heritance
Co-Founder Open Museum

Monday, February 16, 2009

Weekly Member Update

Heritance supports Open Museum, Open Museum is a non-commercial, participatory exhibit space open to all. Open Museum hosts exhibits of museums, organizations and individuals from around the world.

NEW COLLECTION: Open Museum has launched a new collection, "Kate Emlen, the Paintings". For Kate, who received her MFA at Yale and resides in Vermont, the world is her studio. Her paintings depict a range of settings and themes, from still life to New England seascapes and Italian landscapes. To experience this collection




OPEN MUSEUM BLOG: The Open Museum Blog, Museums without Borders, gives a brief, daily update on what's happening at Open Museum You can see photos from exhibits and learn about new features. Bookmark or subscribe in your RSS feed reader.

NEW FEATURE: It is now possible to "email this page to a friend" and become a "friend of a museum" on Open Museum. Museums will soon be able to share their news with their Open Museum friends.

WEEKLY DIGEST: This week it will become possible to subscribe to a weekly digest of new objects on Open Museum. The digest will highlight six objects, giving a photo, link and short description.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT: Open Museum now offers more technical support to the visitor. Take the introductory tour on the Home Page or Select "Learn more about..." while exploring the Museums, Collections, Objects and Tours.

CURATOR OUTREACH: Open Museum continues to give demos to prospective Open Museum curators. Next week we will be meeting with the Hood Museum at Dartmouth. This week we met with the Howe Library in Hanover, New Hampshire and will begin to train our first co-curator, Kiku Langford from the AVA Gallery and Art Center.

Monday, February 2, 2009

WEMUP, Weekly Member Update

Heritance announces that Open Museum is now available to the public!

Open Museum -- a non-commercial, participatory exhibit space -- is a free service provided by Heritance, a US-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Open Museum is in Alpha release, which means it is under development and in need of testing.

If you are a friend of Heritance, a lover of museums, an amateur of web 2.0 or just plain curious, visit now.

Take an introductory tour; register; browse the collections and join a museum tour. If you feel like it (and we hope you will!), please help enrich your own and other people's experience of Open Museum by rating and tagging objects or contributing comments in the form of text or photos.

Give the site a workout -- as much or as little as time permits -- and tell us what you think. Don't worry about breaking anything! What doesn't work is as important to tell as what does, and no problem is too small! We value your opinions and count on your critiques, compliments, and comments to make the site better.

Post your thoughts as a comment here or send a messages through the feedback link on Open Museum or by an email.

Also, invite your friends, family and colleagues to check out Open Museum:

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Weekly Member Update (WEMUP)

OPEN MUSEUM ONLINE, OM_o: OM_o has built a fifth exhibit, the Upper Valley through the Artist’s Eye, a collection of 37 oil on canvas landscapes by the Spanish artist, FĂ©lix de la Concha. To view the exhibit: www.openmuseum.org
Keep in mind that the site is still under development. OM_o is planning a public release in February.

CONFERENCES & DEMOS: Heritance has been accepted as a presenter to the annual, national conference ‘Museums and the Web 2009’ (MW), April 14-18 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jeff Doyle, Heritance Director of Technology, will be giving a demo of Open Museum online. OMW is the largest international conference devoted to the exploration of art, science, natural and cultural heritage on-line.

OUTREACH: Heritance will continue to give demos of OM_o to representatives from NH/VT cultural organizations. The list to date includes: AVA Gallery, Baker Library at Dartmouth, the Hood Museum, Scuplturefest, the Vermont Arts Council, Barro Sin Plomo, Norwich Historical Society, Vermont Museum and Gallery Alliance, Vermont Historical Society, as well as numerous individual artists. Next week there will be a demo for the Aide to Senator Patrick Leahy who is an avid photographer and supporter of the arts. If your organization is interested, contact us: info@heritance.org

TWITTER: Follow developments at Open Museum online on the Twitter account “OM_o”. It’s a new technology that permits brief, frequent communications and whose purpose has yet to be fully developed. If Twitter is new to you, go to Twitter, register for an account (free), search “OM_o” and click “follow”. It is possible to follow a number of museums and arts organizations, including the Hood Museum which recently launched a Twitter presence.

RESOURCES: Flickr Commons is an exciting new resource available to all of us for free. In their words, “The key goals of The Commons on Flickr are to firstly show you hidden treasures in the world's public photography archives, and secondly to show how your input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer. You're invited to help describe the photographs you discover in The Commons on Flickr, either by adding tags or leaving comments.” Many institutions are using Flickr Commons, including the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian and the New York Public Library; they have all launched ambitious projects to share and co-curate their photo collections.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

WEMUP

Heritance Weekly Member Update (WEMUP)

TWITTER: Follow developments at Open Museum online on the Twitter account “OM_o”

OPEN MUSEUM ONLINE, OM_o: Alpha testing is underway for three pilot exhibits. OM_o is building a fourth exhibit, Sculpturefest 2008. It is possible to view the site, at this time, but not register till 2009. Note the new abbreviation is OM_o, the same as the twitter account name.

BLOG IN-HERITANCE: From now on, the WEMUP news will also appear on the Blog/news page of the Heritance website & http://blog.heritance.org/

BLOG OM_o: Open Museum online (OM_o) has named its blog “Museums without Borders”. To read the latest post “Won’t OM_o steal my visitors?” http://blog.openmuseum.org/2008/12/wont-omo-steal-my-visitors.html

CONFERENCES & DEMOS: OM_o has submitted an application to do an OM_o demo at ‘Museums and the Web 2009’ (MW), April 14-18 in Indianapolis, Indiana. MW is the largest international conference devoted to the exploration of art, science, natural and cultural heritage on-line: http://www.archimuse.com/conferences/mw.html

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Changing Faces: Museums & Community

A recent study conducted by Museum Insight Audience finds that only 11% to 21% of core visitors to museums find that the museum adequately reaches out to the community and connects with it. And that is "core visitors"! "Non core visitors", which is a growing segment of the total population, doesn't think museums connect at all.

MIA points to the need for museums to build a strong relationship with their communities: The face of the American population is changing rapidly; as the proportion of Americans who comprise the traditional museum audience will shrink considerably over the next thirty years. Building a strong relationship with the local community is an important method of creating and maintaining relevance to an evolving audience.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sporting events or museums: did you know...?

.. that according to the same NPR article mentioned earlier today, over 6 times as many people attend museums as major-league sporting events? About 140 million people in the U.S. will attend sporting events this year; about 840 million attended museums last year. Of course, many more watch sports online, but that's instead of attending. On the other hand online museums "serve as teasers"', actually inspirintg people to visit real-life exhibits.

npr: 'The Memory of Mankind'

On November 24, National Public Radio launched a series on museums in the 21st century . The first broadcast, which you can hear now tells the story of what the former Director of the Met, Philippe de Montebello, calls "The Memory of Mankind". The story wends its way from the ancient Greeks (who coined the term "mouseion", a temple to the Muses, who kept watch over the arts and sciences) up to the Museum of Online Museums .