Trip report: Museums and the Web Conference 2017 (MW17)

Between 19-22 April 2017, the MW (Museums and the Web) conference took place in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. I was there to give a presentation about DigiBird, a valorization project supported by the Dutch national program COMMIT/. The project lasted for 6 months and the results were summarized in this paper (see proposal). We were given a slot in the panel session titled “How Can We Connect Online Audiences With Online Collections?”. In this panel session the presentations and discussions were focused on describing strategies that can be used to link and engage online users with online collections, but also on ways of connecting online collections together. The presentation of our project can be found below.

Next, I will tell you more about the conference itself and my experience there as an attendee.

The MW conference series started taking place since 1997 and its history can be traced back by more than 1000 papers that can be accessed online from the past 20 years. The conference takes place every year in North America and Asia and mostly gathers together professionals from the cultural heritage domain. But, its attendees also include, as the MW organizers also mention: “webmasters, educators, curators, librarians, designers, managers, directors, scholars, consultants, programmers, analysts, publishers and developers from museums, galleries, libraries, science centers, and archives – as well as the companies, foundations and governments that support them”. Thus, the people that attend the conference come from very diverse backgrounds and have as a common interest the cultural heritage domain, be it from an artistic, a cultural or a technological point of view.

This diversity of the audience is also reflected in the organization of the conference itself. As reflected in this year`s program, the conference hosted panel sessions for presentations of formal papers, professional forums, How-to-sessions, Lightning Talks (Pecha Kucha-style), “Birds of a Feather” round-tables and an exhibition. Also, during this conference, the GLAMi (formerly Best of the Web) awards are given for the best organizations or projects that make innovations in the the cultural heritage domain.

You can read the MW17 notes that I took during some of the presentations that I attended.

The MW17 conference was a great experience for me and I was happy to represent our DigiBird project there. As most of the presentations described US-related projects, ours brought a nice nuance of orange.

In the end, I would like to thank all the people that have contributed to make this presentation and project happen, including Chris Dijkshoorn, Maarten Brinkerink, Sander Pieterse and, last but not least, Lora Aroyo.



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