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, Félix de la Concha. To view the exhibit:
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:

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.

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