[MCN-L] Best practices/workflows for converting catalogues to epub

2019-02-22 Thread Perian Sully
Hi everyone:

I'm trying to figure out some workflows for our publications department to
convert their final InDesign-formatted catalogue files into ePub and I'm
finding it's not as straightforward as I hoped it would be.

First, the final copy of the catalogue has the spine and cover pages at the
front, so those need to be edited and moved about for ease of reading on a
browser. Second, they're not currently embedding their metadata, and I'm
not sure where the ISBN number should go, or editors and authors, etc. IPTC
doesn't seem to cut it here. And third, the Calibre conversion to ePub
is... yeah. Multiple columns within the pages get scrambled a bit, and
setting up the TOC is a bit maddening. I'd hoped the Adobe suite would have
a nice conversion tool by now, but not that I can see.

So, does anyone happen to have some workflows for converting museum
catalogues figured out, and that they'd be willing to share with me?

Thanks in advance,

~Perian Cohen
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[MCN-L] Job opening: Director of IT for the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

2018-07-17 Thread Perian

Come work with the fantastic team that Kevin Conley has assembled!

~Perian

http://asianart.snaphire.com/jobdetails?ajid=bLYJ7

The Director of Information Technology is responsible for providing 
strategic vision, leadership, management and administration for a wide 
range of technologies and systems used by the Museum in support of our 
mission, vision and values. The position oversees technology and data 
systems to meet current demands as well as prepare for changes and 
upgrades. Working across a broad group of internal and external 
stakeholders, s/he creates and maintains a positive and successful IT 
work environment for staff and customer service culture for staff and 
visitors.


*EXAMPLES OF DUTIES*

1. In collaboration with the management teams, coordinates the design
   and implementation of information technology goals, objectives,
   policies, priorities, and procedures; facilitates and develops a
   museum-wide Information Technology Plan (ITP); implements and
   evolves this ITP to meet changing business needs and technologies.
2. Coordinates and implements multi-department applications such as the
   e-mail system, Collections Management, Digital Asset Management and
   Finance/Accounting; manages the sharing and integration of common
   software applications and data; maintains departmental applications.
3. Supervises and provides for end-user support; assesses training
   needs and develops and manages strategies to provide training.
4. Supervises and/or performs Local Area Network (LAN) and wireless
   network system administration; monitors, analyzes, and resolves
   computer system and application software problems; oversees network
   growth and planning for upgrades of the software/hardware
   environment to meet the needs of the museum.
5. Evaluates new technologies to determine applicability to museum
   activities; conducts feasibility studies, prepares cost analyses,
   and makes recommendations to COO and management teams.
6. Maintains and enhances control and security procedures for museum
   data; coordinates backup and recovery of the over-all system
   including the preparation of a disaster recovery plan.
7. Maintains and enhances guidelines for software and hardware
   procurement, approval and implementation, and license adherence.
8. Prepares specifications and purchase orders; manages vendor
   accounts; establishes maintenance contracts for equipment;
   recommends and coordinates consulting services as needed in the
   purchase of hardware and software and the establishment of custom or
   packaged software for departments; prepares and administers IT
   departmental budget.
9. Hires, directs, supervises, and evaluates subordinate IT staff and
   vendor support.
10. Coordinates with City of San Francisco Department of Technology to
   implement applications, comply with policies, propose projects for
   funding.

*MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS*

 * Bachelor's degree, ideally in computer science, technology,
   engineering, or information systems
 * Seven (7) years of verifiable experience working in an IT department
   that supports many functional departments; at least three (3) years
   should include IT managerial and leadership accountabilities for an
   organization or a large department; or an equivalent combination of
   education, training, and experience; nonprofit experience a plus
 * Experience must include: implementing and supporting LAN
   infrastructure; VM Ware, Office 365, packaged software selection and
   implementation to support a broad range of functional activities;
   project management; budgetary management and administration; staff
   supervision. Experience with applications used by museum,
   educational, cultural, or related institutions is highly desirable
 * Strong technical knowledge in IT operations; systems development and
   maintenance; technical and operational problem solving; systems
   design; data processing methods
 * Ability to effectively manage complex and diverse technology
   projects that improve organizational efficiency and internal user
   and external customer experience; serve as technology operations
   expert on projects.
 * Experience in developing and monitoring budgets and expenses.
 * Ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with museum
   staff, management, donors, peers, vendors, and others
 * Ability to manage confidential material and systems with absolute
   trust and integrity
 * Strong problem-solving skills with proven ability to take initiative
   and persevere through challenges with optimism and creativity.
   Ability to set and achieve goals and effectively allocate limited
   resources.
 * Outstanding organization, collaboration, problem solving, and
   project management.
 * Strong supervisory skills; excellent customer service skills;
   patience, creativity, and flexibility
 * Excellent written, verbal, and active listening communication skills
 * Must be able to work occasional

[MCN-L] Kodak announces new ICO, KodakCoin, to track IP licensing and payment facilitation

2018-01-10 Thread Perian Sully
So this is an interesting use of blockchain technology. I can't quite wrap
my head around how this will work, but using blockchain for rights
licensing makes some sense.
https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/09/kodak-announces-ico-stock-jumps-44/

Does it use their blockchain to store the web crawls and maintain a list of
usage licensing? Does it automatically send out C letters? What happens
when the site changes and there's a disconnect with the blockchain? How do
creators get paid? Just with KodakCoins?

Blockchain: the newest tech to wrestle with!

~Perian
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[MCN-L] Open access but fees for publishers?

2017-02-22 Thread Perian Sully
Good morning everyone (on the West Coast at least),

For those of you who are pursuing open access initiatives, do you carve out
an exception for publishers? Obviously, publishers can grab whatever they
want if assets are offered at full-resolution, and it's hard for us to
police, but publication fees are still (?) a quantifiable source of
additional income. So I'm guessing honor system is mostly in play here.

What restrictions do you still have? Print run limitations before a fee
kicks in? Type of publication? Don't worry about it at all?

Thanks all,

~Perian
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Re: [MCN-L] Internal image use policies

2016-10-21 Thread Perian Sully
Thanks everyone for your replies.

Amalyah, what I mean regarding internal use policies is exactly as you
stated - curators wishing to retain full control of representations of
objects in the collection. Currently, it's a blanket rule that everything,
regardless of copyright or sensitivity, needs to be run by curatorial
before the image is cropped or edited for use by all other departments. The
vast majority of the collection is public domain.

Obviously, this increases workloads for the staff and slows down production
of program materials, but it would also prohibit any efforts to ultimately
adopt an open access policy for the public. So I'm looking for the balance
between respect for collection representation/copyright and facilitating
access.

~P

On Thu, Oct 20, 2016 at 12:06 PM, Amalyah Keshet <akes...@imj.org.il> wrote:

> Hi Perian
>
> Rather depends on what you mean by "internal use policies". Could you
> clarify?
>
> If a work is in the public domain, it is no longer protected and anyone
> can reproduce it in any way they want, including cropping it, etc. Are you
> implying institutional policies that would override that?  Are you thinking
> of reproductions in catalogs, or in marketing materials, or on social
> media, or on signage...?
>
> I can think of situations in which a curator might object to misleading
> manipulation of a public domain work from the collection, and in fact the
> role of our institutions is to preserve the integrity of the works in our
> collections, but in general cropping for graphic reasons would be
> considered just that: a design decision, and those tend to be taken during
> the editorial / design process by those involved: curators, editors,
> graphic designers.
>
> If a work is still protected by copyright and (in some countries) by moral
> rights, then cropping or manipulation would require the approval of the
> artist or copyright holder.  That's not an "internal use" policy; let's
> call it best practice.
> There are artists who are fine with things like cropping; others are not.
>
> Amalyah Keshet
> Head of Image Resources & Copyright Management
> The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
>
>
>
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[MCN-L] Internal image use policies

2016-10-19 Thread Perian Sully
Hi everyone:

I'm looking for a few examples of internal use policies for images,
especially for public domain or orphan works. Do you allow free cropping
and editing by staff or do you require curatorial approval before each use?
what kinds of materials have restrictions, if any?

Thanks in advance,

~Perian
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Re: [MCN-L] Maker spaces and 3D printing

2016-02-26 Thread Perian Sully
there're a few makerspaces in San Diego:

http://makerplace.com/
http://www.fablabsd.org/
San Diego Public Library:
http://sandiego.communityguides.com/content.php?pid=493213=5377126 and
http://www.meetup.com/Makers-at-San-Diego-Central-Library-Meetup/messages/boards/thread/45532332
and
http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Central-Library-To-Expand-Popular-3D-Printer-Lab-335365811.html
UCSD: http://prototyping.calit2.net/makerspace.php



On Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 8:17 AM,  wrote:

> My students have an opportunity to print museum objects but some have not
> found a location for 3D printing in their area. Do you know of locations in:
>
> Paris
> San Diego
> Fort Lauderdale
>
> Many thanks,
>
> Kathy
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[MCN-L] Fwd: [MUSEUM-L] Take the Survey of Digital Image Collection Management Practices and Receive a Free Copy of the Ensuing Report

2016-01-27 Thread Perian Sully
Take the Survey of Digital Image Collection Management Practices and
Receive a Free Copy of the Ensuing Report

Primary Research Group seeks managers of large image collections to take
the Survey of Digital Image Collection Management Practices. Colleges,
libraries, museums, archives, government agencies, and other organizations
with large digital image collections qualify. Your organization will be
listed as a participant but all answers are aggregated and/or are not
connected to individual participants. Your responses are confidential.
Survey participants receive a free PDF copy of the report generated from
the survey data.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DigitalImageManagementPractices
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Re: [MCN-L] data archiving

2016-01-11 Thread Perian Sully
Hi Matt:

What kind of preservation services are you looking for? Backup, regular
migration, integrity audits? Others here can speak to their own methods and
what the best practices are nowadays, but if you're just trying to have an
offsite backup with some redundancy, you might look into Amazon's Glacier.

On Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 1:32 PM, Matt Wheeler 
wrote:

> Good evening. In trying to come up with a long-term preservation plan for
> digital image master files, we've spoken to reps at a few digital
> repositories which offer professional services, but at a higher per-TB
> annual storage cost than our small museum can afford (anywhere from
> $1200-$2000/TB/year). Are there reputable archives with lower fees? I'm not
> sure where to begin looking. Thanks for any insight.
>
> Best regards, Matt
>
> --
> Matt Wheeler,
> Photography Archives,
> Penobscot Marine Museum
> Archives (207) 548-2529 ext. 211
> 5 Church Street, PO Box 498
> Searsport, Maine 04974
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Re: [MCN-L] Project management systems

2015-12-16 Thread Perian Sully
Seconding what Ari said. What're your priorities? Trello is quite popular
for agile project management and supports everything you mentioned, but not
sure to what degree you need these things. I'm not up to speed on Slack but
I know lots of people use it. Currently using Igloo as an intranet and it
can, kinda, support workflow management, but has a lot of
information-sharing and document sharing tools.

do you want something for a small team or for an institution? Trello and
Slack would be great for just picking up and going (assuming you don't need
waterfall PM features), while Jira or Igloo or BaseCamp are better for
institution-wide project management.
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[MCN-L] "easy" file duplication cleanup

2015-12-07 Thread Perian Sully
Hi everyone:

I know this is possibly something of a fool's errand, but I'm hoping
someone has come up with some magic tool or process for more-easily
cleaning up file storage than going through 12 years of files one-by-one.

As part of our DAMS project, I've run some TreeSize Pro scans on three of
the 20-25 or so network storage directories. Just in those three, there are
approximately 66,467 duplicate files. We initially thought about creating
hardlinks for the duplicates, which will at least help the server access
files more efficiently, but it won't solve the problem of actually having
files all over the place that the DAMS will ultimately ingest.

Another thought was to do symlinks, but as far as I know, there aren't easy
tools to automagically create these for Windows desktops or servers. Plus,
it might create havoc for all of the file permissions.

So does anyone have any other ideas that I might try? Or are we really just
stuck with all of this junk until someone manually goes in and cleans it up?

Thanks,

~Perian
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Re: [MCN-L] LAM interoperability SIG?

2015-11-18 Thread Perian Sully
This is absolutely a favorite topic of mine and something I've spent my
professional career working on. Sign me up!

On Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 10:12 AM, Stefano Cossu  wrote:

> Hello,
> It was exciting to host a lively conversation at the last MCN conference
> about Libraries, Archives and Museums (topics: [1]; slides: [2]). I am
> happy to see that many colleagues are interested in tearing down the
> barriers between bibliographical, archival and collection records within
> museums, as well as promoting the exchange of information and technologies
> between Cultural Heritage institutions.
>
> I think the session sparked quite some interest and raised important
> topics from many of the participants. I also believe that this conversation
> needs to be brought forward.
>
> This mailing list may be a good place to follow up that conversation. I
> would love to propose a similar session for next MCN, actually even closer
> to a round-table discussion than to a panel.
>
> If enough people are interested, I would also propose to create a special
> interest group for this topic. Goal of the SIG would be torefine the core
> topics that we brought up at the conference using this mailing list, and
> then meet in person at the next MCN with a distilled down list of action
> items.
>
> Anyone interested in this proposal is welcome to respond.
>
> Thanks,
> Stefano
>
> [1] http://sched.co/3tND
> [2]
> http://www.slideshare.net/StefanoCossu/librarries-archives-museums-discussion-mcn-2015
> --
>
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> Director of Application Services, Collections
>
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> 116 S. Michigan Ave.
> Chicago, IL 60603
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[MCN-L] CZur book/document scanner Indiegogo

2015-11-11 Thread Perian
Has anyone else looked at this $200 scanner? It's a little different 
than the formats we've seen previously, and promises to offer some 
automatic OCR, image cleanup, straightening and trimming features.


https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/czur-scanner-build-your-own-digital-library#/

Really interested to know what you folks think.

~P
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Re: [MCN-L] 12 months of open access images at Te Papa: the report

2015-10-15 Thread Perian Sully
Congratulations Adrian! This is wonderfully useful info to keep on hand
(especially for those organizations that are still nervous about open
access). In other words: the sky didn't fall in!

Cheers,

~Perian

On Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 4:02 PM, Adrian Kingston <adri...@tepapa.govt.nz>
wrote:

> Hi all
>
> A few weeks ago I asked if anyone who had  active open access image
> policies had any data they could share to aid our analysis of the first
> year of Te Papa's download project, for a Museums and the Web Asia paper
> and presentation. I received a few replies with some helpful data, and lots
> of requests to share our findings, so that's what I'm doing today.
>
> I didn't get some of the data in time to inform my formal paper, but
> Cherie Chen from the Getty gave me some really useful info on the Getty
> statistics (quite a different scale from Te Papa) and other insights.
> Thanks Cherie!
>
> The formal paper is here. It's a long read (8000 words) but I hope there's
> some useful info in there. http://bit.ly/TPopenaccess (there are a few
> formatting issues, sorry).
>
> I did receive some really useful data from Rob Lancefield, Davison Art
> Center at Wesleyan University, and Martin Fell , York Museums Trust, in
> time to include in my presentation, so again, thanks Martin and Rob!
>
> The presentation slides are here http://bit.ly/TPopenaccessSlides. It was
> only a 30 minute slot, so it's obviously a much abbreviated version of the
> paper. (I think the video will appear via MWA at some stage).
>
> If you have any questions feel free to yell out.
>
> Adrian Kingston
> Digital Collections Senior Analyst
> Collections Information Services
> Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
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Re: [MCN-L] Artifact photography organizations or conferences?

2015-10-15 Thread Perian Sully
Hi Ellice:

The Visual Resources Association http://vraweb.org/ has annual conferences
and a listserv.
Many people on the Registrar's Committee of AAM also do artifact
photography and their listserv is quite active. http://www.rcaam.org/

~Perian

On Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 9:58 AM, Ellice Engdahl <elli...@thehenryford.org>
wrote:

> Hi folks,
>
> Does anyone have recommendations on professional organizations,
> conferences, and/or other developmental opportunities for artifact
> photography staff at museums?  I know of similar things for archival
> imaging, but we're hoping to find ways for our photo studio to get exposure
> to the equipment, workflows, methods, standards, etc. that other cultural
> organizations use in photographing artifacts (of the 3D rather than 2D
> variety), and also start to develop a professional network of peers.
>
> Thanks!
>
> .
> Gain Perspective. Get Inspired. Make History.
>
> Ellice Engdahl, PMP
> Digital Collections & Content Manager
> P: 313.982.6005
> E: elli...@thehenryford.org
>
> www.thehenryford.org
> .
>
> The Henry Ford
> 20900 Oakwood Boulevard
> Dearborn, MI 48124
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Re: [MCN-L] DDAM

2015-09-30 Thread Perian Sully
Thank you Niki and Deb (and everyone else who responded already to my
question).

One of the findings thus far from my informational interviews is that the
staff have adopted GoogleDocs, Dropbox, and other tools to facilitate their
work. They know these tools, they're easy and clear to use, and unless the
DM/DAMS we implement is as simple to learn and use, we'll have a difficult
time with adoption and we'll still have assets all over the place.

I've not seen the Piction DMS module in action yet, so I can't judge how it
works. But I primarily want to make sure that the ease-of-use factor is
extremely high. That means not a lot of upload-download-send email link to
asset-download-upload again actions between collaborators; that just gets
cumbersome. I like the idea of using APIs to link to SharePoint or
GoogleDocs or Dropbox (officially the museum uses Office 365, but its
capabilities are applied somewhat inconsistently) so we can encourage
collaboration and version control while maintaining some control over our
assets. I just don't know if seamless integration exists yet.

Sticky problems to think about!

~P

On Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 6:21 AM, Niki Krause <nkra...@clevelandart.org>
wrote:

> Perian & Deb,
>
> We're used Piction as our primary image & AV assets DAM for six years, and
> have a couple more public-facing Piction systems (collections online,
> ArtLens and Gallery One asset management). We've just implemented the
> Piction DMS module, integrated with our collection management system via
> API. We don't have DAM and DMS on the same physical server, but you could
> very easily...
>
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Re: [MCN-L] DDAM? (Document and Digital Asset Management)

2015-09-30 Thread Perian Sully
thanks Nate! I'll check it out.

Are you going to MCN this year?

On Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 6:42 AM, Nate Solas <homebre...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Not an exact fit, but you might want to check out Nuxeo DAM:
> http://www.nuxeo.com/solutions/digital-asset-management/
>
> Nuxeo under the hood is an extremely powerful Document Management System,
> and the DAM component fits naturally over that framework. I haven't used
> this setup so can't personally vouch for it, but I know back in the day the
> IMA was using Nuxeo for document management. Might be worth pinging Kyle or
> someone else at the IMA?
>
> Good luck and please post your findings!
> Nate
>
>
> On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 9:53 PM, Perian <per...@emphatic.org> wrote:
>
> > Hi everyone:
> >
> > I'm performing some digital asset and digital needs assessments in
> > preparation for DAMS selection and implementation. As I'm interviewing
> the
> > staff, it's becoming clear that there are at least two different types of
> > products that are needed: a DAMS and a document management system (DMS).
> > The staff has adopted the use of Google Docs, Dropbox, and other
> > collaborative tools to streamline their workflows, but the downside of
> this
> > is that materials and information are scattered absolutely everywhere. We
> > could also argue for the need for a third system, a knowledge management
> > system, but those needs can mostly be addressed through the intranet.
> >
> > We were sort of hoping that maybe we could implement a DAMS with a DM
> > overlay, but I don't think such a beast exists. Does it? Or are there
> other
> > solutions some of you have already hit upon that allows for the DAMS to
> > retain all of the digital files while allowing for version control and
> > collaboration (in an easy-to-use and elegant interface)?
> >
> > And if some of you have implemented both DM and DAM, I'd love to know the
> > interplay between these systems.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > ~Perian
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[MCN-L] DDAM? (Document and Digital Asset Management)

2015-09-28 Thread Perian

Hi everyone:

I'm performing some digital asset and digital needs assessments in 
preparation for DAMS selection and implementation. As I'm interviewing 
the staff, it's becoming clear that there are at least two different 
types of products that are needed: a DAMS and a document management 
system (DMS). The staff has adopted the use of Google Docs, Dropbox, and 
other collaborative tools to streamline their workflows, but the 
downside of this is that materials and information are scattered 
absolutely everywhere. We could also argue for the need for a third 
system, a knowledge management system, but those needs can mostly be 
addressed through the intranet.


We were sort of hoping that maybe we could implement a DAMS with a DM 
overlay, but I don't think such a beast exists. Does it? Or are there 
other solutions some of you have already hit upon that allows for the 
DAMS to retain all of the digital files while allowing for version 
control and collaboration (in an easy-to-use and elegant interface)?


And if some of you have implemented both DM and DAM, I'd love to know 
the interplay between these systems.


Thanks,

~Perian
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[MCN-L] Looking for an MCN roomie

2015-09-21 Thread Perian Sully
As my 40th birthday/coming out of baby-retirement present to myself, I'm
giving me the gift of seeing you all again. Do any of you (preferably
ladies) need or want a roomie? I'm planning on arriving November 4th and
leaving on the 7th.

Cheers,

~Perian
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[MCN-L] Introduction to DAMS video?

2015-08-18 Thread Perian
Does anyone happen to have a favorite introductory video for staff who 
are unfamiliar with DAM systems? We're kicking off a new project and 
want to illustrate what DAMS are in a neat, friendly, concise way. 
Unfortunately, all we seem to be finding are marketing videos about 
specific products, or MCN and MW talks (which are a bit long for this 
purpose...).


Thanks in advance.

~P
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[MCN-L] New physical interactive - Eliana Rachel Sully Cohen

2014-08-14 Thread Perian
Hi everyone:

On July 7th, following 40 weeks +42 hours of preparation and labor, I 
released a new physical interactive, which we've named Eliana. Eliana 
was originally 8lbs, 5 oz and 19.5 long, but, being interactive and now 
5 weeks old, her specs have since changed significantly. She also has an 
awful lot of hair, and we're not sure which programmer is responsible 
for that. Since it's a feature, and not currently a bug, we're calling 
the hair a success.

I know many of you have been subjected to my snarky updates and photos 
on ye olde Facebook, but since I have so many friends and colleagues in 
the musetech and registrar communities, I wanted to let the rest of you 
know about my latest project.

Cheers,

~Peria


[MCN-L] Specialist DAMS features for GLAM institutions?

2014-08-14 Thread Perian
A question for those of you who've implemented a digital asset 
management system at your institution or elsewhere...

I'm trying to find or generate a list of digital asset management 
features that are specific to museums, libraries, and archives. All DAMS 
deliver a pretty core set of functions, but I'd like to know how you're 
extending these software packages to suit the needs of cultural 
institutions. These features might include internal and external uses 
and reflect either stand-alone or integrated installations.

Please feel free to reply to me offlist. Thanks,

~P


[MCN-L] Survey on 21st Century Museum Skills

2014-03-17 Thread Perian
Posting on behalf of Dr. Susan Spero, JFKU

Museum Friends,

Can you please help with a Museum Studies Program research study? We are 
asking: What skills and attributes do museum professionals need to 
possess to successfully work in the 21st Century museum?

The answers to this question should be on the minds of all museum 
professionals, and especially those of us engaged in professional 
development, staff training, and teaching museum studies. Faculty at the 
John F Kennedy University Museum Studies Program are engaged in a deep 
think about this and we are seeking the valued input of our peers. 
Please follow this link to take part in this research study.

The results will be shared widely with our colleagues. For more 
information, please contact Adrienne McGraw at amcgraw at jfku.edu. Thank 
you for your participation. We would like to close the survey in early 
April.

Thanks!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JFKUMuseumStudies


[MCN-L] REMINDER: AAM proposals due today - Remember to hit the SUBMIT button!!!

2013-08-26 Thread Perian
Hi everyone:

Just a quick reminder to everyone submitting AAM proposals. Please make 
sure you've actually submitted the proposal by selecting the red 
Complete and Submit button on the bottom right of your proposal. There 
are a lot of sessions that have been submitted but not finalized, and 
these will be discarded if they're not finalized! I wouldn't want 
anyone's hard work to go to waste for lack of hitting a button.

Also, the last time for submitting proposals is at 11:59 PM EST tonight. 
After that, the system will be locked down. So please go in and check to 
make sure your presenter bios are in, your learning outcomes are clear, 
and that dang little red button is clicked.

Thanks!

~Perian
AAM Media  Technology Program Chair


[MCN-L] The Future of Programming

2013-08-18 Thread Perian
I was just shown this fascinating and thought-provoking video about the 
Future of Programming, ca. 1973. It's a recent TED-like talk from 
Dropbox's DBX conference in July. The real purpose of the talk is 
important even for non-programmers, I think.

Enjoy!

http://vimeo.com/71278954

~Perian


[MCN-L] AAM proposals and Technology Tutorials - we need teachers!

2013-08-17 Thread Perian
Hi everyone:

Please forgive the cross-posting, but I'm noticing a lot of session 
proposals on the AAM website are missing their presenter bios in the 
proposal. That information is important for us on the National Program 
Committee to know about the diversity and qualifications of the 
presenters. When submitting your proposal, please make that information 
available to us. It makes it more likely your proposal will be approved.

Every year, the Media  Technology Professional Network looks for people 
to teach detailed, often hands-on workshops called Tech tutorials. These 
beginner and intermediate workshops are designed to be accessible and 
intimate, a place where attendees can ask specific questions and get 
some hands on experience. We're submitting proposed Tech Tutorials for 
the following topics and we're looking for teachers for all of them. If 
you're coming to AAM in Seattle, please consider becoming a mentor! Drop 
me a line if you're interested in teaching or facilitating (not all of 
the session descriptions are up yet, which is why the list looks the way 
it does. The presenter[s] will have the opportunity to help craft the 
description):

1. Tech Tutorial: Getting Started with Social Media - Twitter, Tumblr, 
Facebook, and Google+ (Beginning level)
Have you never used Twitter? Not sure what a hashtag is? Not know how to 
'Like' or '+1 something? Never even heard of Tumbr? Then this tutorial 
is for you. Learn how these social media platforms work, why they exist, 
and how museums are using them. Y ou'll come away with information to 
help you decide if using these platforms makes sense for your 
institution. The tutorial is limited to 20 people so participants can 
ask questions, and share their stories. This is a beginner-level 
tutorial, designed for those with little to no social media experience.

2. Tech Tutorial: Deepening Engagement with Social Media (Advanced level)
Gain insight on how to build upon your existing social media presence. 
This tutorial will explore tactics for developing a comprehensive social 
media strategy that works in concert with your institution's overall 
communications and engagement strategies. We'll cover advanced features 
of various social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, and 
Tumblr; discuss which platforms work best for different types of 
projects; and explore ways to create connections to your blog. The 
tutorial is limited to 20 people so participants can ask questions, and 
share their stories.  This is an advanced-level tutorial. Participants 
should be familiar with managing and using social media platforms.

3. Tech Tutorial: Principles of Effective Video (Beginner level)
Understand the basic steps in creating video, including audio, cameras, 
and editing systems. You'll come away with a list of the equipment 
you'll need, and tips about basic approaches to creating successful 
video. This is a beginner-level tutorial, designed for those with little 
to no video production experience.

4. Tech Tutorial: Video Crit Room (Advanced)
Bring your video projects to this tutorial and get constructive feedback 
from your peers. This is an advanced-level tutorial, designed for those 
who understand the basics of video production.

5. Tech Tutorial: Podcasting -- Is anyone still listening? 
(Beginner-Intermediate)
Podcasting may seem very 2005, but many museums and non-profits are 
producing successful podcast series. Audio production is less expensive 
and can require much fewer resources than video production. Learn the 
basics of podcasting, find out who is using podcasts in the field, and 
understand out if podcasting may be the right approach for your museum.

6. Tech Tutorial: Does my museum need a blog? (Beginner)
We'll show you how to get started. Understand how to plan for and 
implement a blog using Wordpress. Employ advanced techniques to build 
your blog into a valuable, sustainable communication tool to engage your 
online audience.

7. Tech Tutorial: Google Analytics (Beginner)
8. Tech Tutorial: User Testing on a Shoestring (Beginner)
9. Tech Tutorial: Digital Copyright and Privacy (Beginner)
10. Strategy: What's the best tool for my message? Digital strategy for 
projects (Advanced)
11. Tech Tutorial: Basics of Mobile Websites (Advanced)
12. Strategy: Drupal or Wordpress? Content Management Systems (Advanced)
13. Tech Tutorial: Organize and Manage Your Digital Assets (Beginner) - 
I (Perian) have volunteered to talk on this one. I'd like someone 
familiar with managing video and audio to co-present.

I know a lot of technologists don't take the time to go to AAM, as it's 
for a more general audience, and it's a frequent complaint that we don't 
get much out of AAM. But the registrars, curators, directors, and 
education staff really need people like us to help them make sense of 
their technology projects. It's up to us to help bring the rest of the 
field forward, to ensure that we're able to deploy technology projects

[MCN-L] Projects using the Internet of Things

2013-08-06 Thread Perian
Is anyone utilizing the concept of the Internet of Things in their 
digital projects? The Center for the Future of Museums is interested in 
having a workshop or sessions about this topic and would like to talk to 
people about their projects.

Please drop me a line (or respond here), with a brief description of 
your project. Thanks!

~P



[MCN-L] Managing retention of digital projects

2013-07-14 Thread Perian
Something I've been trying to wrap my head around lately is what happens 
with all of the mobile tours, old exhibition websites, PSD and InDesign 
projects, Final Cut Project files, gallery kiosk displays, touchtable, 
etc. once we're done with them. It seems to me that we're the one 
industry, with the exception, perhaps, of theme parks and space 
programs, that has such a wide variety of outputs and use so many 
different technologies.

So how do you all manage this stuff? Images, audio, video, and documents 
are easy, but everything else seems a lot harder. Is there software out 
there that allows you to keep track of all of it? Does it just get 
linked into a project management software, with the hope we'll be able 
to open it in 5 years? I know we can link them into our DAMS, and maybe 
that's the best solution, but I'm wondering if there are other dedicated 
types of software that can help us manage these many different 
filetypes, and maybe allow us to link in emulators.

Any ideas or experiences of your own workflows would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

~Perian


[MCN-L] Making sense of tags

2013-05-16 Thread Perian
Thanks Nate. I was actually being somewhat intentionally vague, because 
I'm curious about all of the possible end-results. For the org I'm 
working with, there are no plans currently to do super-awesome data 
visualization projects or tag-based web designs or online catalogue 
tools, but I know such things are possible and I'd love to know more 
about the processes for getting to such heights.

Obviously, a wide variety of tags is going to help (or hinder) with 
getting accurate search results. The multitude of tags could be a 
problem if they're all in one field - say, descriptors along with 
subjects, and someone doing a simple search could run into problems 
searching for blue Cezanne and getting everything tagged with 
either/both a color and a name

For this organization, the tags will be extremely useful, even in all 
of their messy glory, because they don't have much in the way of 
descriptive labels and much of the content for the entire collection 
will have been crowdsourced. We foresee using these tags really for 
searching and cross-indexing internally (the tags will all go into the 
DAMS, which has some keyword fields that hyperlink to other records' 
keyword fields). But there's also a lot of extra stuff that would 
probably be better served being organized into other fields. But that's 
a basic data-reorg issue.

I have no idea if that clarified anything...

~P

On Wednesday, May 15, 2013 7:01:07 PM, Nate Solas wrote:
 I would have to start by asking what it's for -- that would really dictate
 what adds value or not. If it's augmenting search indexes, IMO almost
 anything is useful as long as its even tangentially related. If you're
 trying to infer new metadata out of the tags, you'll probably want to build
 something you can train, like a simple Bayesian filter? Or a bunch of
 humans. Anyway: no, no experience with that volume, but I bet you'll get
 more responses if you flesh out the question a bit!
 Nate



[MCN-L] Making sense of tags

2013-05-15 Thread Perian
Hi everyone:

I'm working on a project where we'll be bringing Flickr tags in from 
about 120,000 images. The users on this collection have been extremely 
active since the collection was uploaded about 3 years ago. While it's 
great to get all of that information into a central repository, I'm 
wondering how those of you with other large crowdsourcing efforts have 
dealt with this sudden influx of tags? Did you have a process for 
sorting them (subjects, as opposed to descriptors, for example; or junk 
tags that didn't add value)? And what other projects were you able to 
embark upon once you had this new pile of information?

Thanks,

~Perian

/Perian Sully
Independent Consultant
http://www.emphatic.org
twitter: @p_sully/


[MCN-L] Photo Metadata sans DAMS

2013-04-23 Thread Perian
Hi Cairie!

In the past, prior to DAMS, I would use Adobe Bridge to embed 
information into the IPTC metadata, but only fields that were common to 
all assets; fields like Institution/Author, Keywords 
(museum,culture,art,nameofinstitution...), Website, etc. As far as I 
could find at the time, there was no way to push the unique metadata in 
Excel sheets into Bridge or some other IPTC tool. They exist, but I 
never could get them to work.

If you don't have Bridge (or Lightroom), you can create an action or 
droplet in Photoshop that will let you apply the metadata to all of the 
photos you select, so you don't have to do it all manually.

Some CIS systems will embed that metadata for you, but as a volunteer, 
you probably don't have the luxury of adopting a new CIS or DAMS system.

Hopefully some other tool has cropped up in the past two years since 
I've had to do this. It was... not fun.

Hope this helps!

~P

P.S. For the group: Cairie was my volunteer at BPOC, and was one of the 
best volunteers I've ever had the pleasure of working with.

On Tuesday, April 23, 2013 5:46:54 PM, Cairie Riney wrote:
 I have a question about photo metadata and how to record it. So while
 digitizing negatives, I've been recording the metadata into an excel
 sheet. I'm following Dublin Core and added some preservation metadata
 fields. Anywho, considering the institution I'm volunteering for
 doesn't have a DAMS or CMS, I was thinking of embedding the metadata
 using Photoshop. I successfully completed one image's embedded
 metadata and it wasn't difficult or too time consuming. The REAL
 question is...is it worth it? Should I just be doing the Dublin Core
 metadata in the Excel sheet OR just the IPTC metadata in Photoshop? Or
 is both great? Ultimately, I want to prep these photos so that if/when
 they do get a DAMS, they'll be easily added to the system with all
 their information.



[MCN-L] Study on impact on interpretative staff by collections online efforts

2013-04-23 Thread Perian
Hi everyone:

For about 8 years now, I've had a bit of an agenda to see if we can move 
past relatively passive online catalogs and into enriching interpretive 
materials about the collections. I've been thinking a lot lately about 
possible methods for this, now that so many of us have our collections 
online, either on our websites or through social media. In my mind, 
there are four populations that have a hand in providing interpretive 
materials about individual collection items:

Curators
Museum educators
External experts (researchers, teachers)
General public (especially people with personal stories)

The first two generally have the task of responding to the latter two. 
I'm particularly interested to know if, by putting our collections out 
there, how much of an increase in research requests museums have 
received, and how that impacts the staff. Does this affect further 
online interpretation efforts?

So I wanted to query the lazywebs and punt it out to you all to see if 
you're familiar with any studies around this topic. The only two I've 
found thus far (admittedly, just a surface search) is Erika Dicker's MW 
2010 paper, The Impact of Blogs and Other Social Media on the Life of a 
Curator and Nancy Proctor's The Google Art Project: A New Generation 
of Museums on the Web?

Thanks!

~Perian


[MCN-L] Visual sorting tools?

2012-07-31 Thread Perian Sully
Hi everyone -

I was wondering if anyone knew of any Adobe Bridge extension or other
third-party software that would allow me to sort by color, and then move a
selection to another directory. Basically, I have a directory of 8600
images, captured in RGB, but about 2/3rds of them are black and white
photographs. I would like to identify and segregate the b/w photographs and
convert them to grayscale. However, they're all mixed in with color
photographs, making selecting them incredibly time-consuming.

I did find this rather neat little software package, ImageSorter, which
does almost everything I want... save being able to select and move the
black and white images. http://pixolution.does-it.net/index.php?id=18

It looks as though Adobe is working on it as a feature in a future release,
but that doesn't help me now.

Any suggestions?

~Perian


[MCN-L] Job posting: Lead Interactive Developer at BPOC

2011-11-14 Thread Perian Sully
The Balboa Park Online Collaborative is seeking a creative
self-motivated Lead Interactive Software Developer to join its team to
support innovative technology projects serving 26 cultural
institutions in Balboa Park. Learn a new definition of ROI as you work
alongside experienced museum technology implementers, educators,
curators, exhibition designers, and other park staff to conceptualize,
design and develop online and in-gallery visitor focused technology
projects and support web and kiosk projects that improve public access
to the collections and content from multiple museums including
history, art, science, transportation, military and sports. ?Work in
beautiful Balboa Park, San Diego, one of the nation?s largest urban
parks and enjoy Southern California on your days off.?Responsibilities
Under the direction of the Director of Web Development:?? * ? Supports
multiple concurrent web projects using Drupal, PHP, Java Script and
Ajax.? * ? Performs software design, development and implementation.
* ? Creates program specifications, Implementation/support
documentation, and Disaster Recovery documentation.? * ? Maintains a
cloud-based Linux server environment hosted on Amazon Web Services.? *
? Responsible for the quality of software deliverables in terms of the
technical design, implementation, testing and adherence to standards.
* ? Interacts with the members to understand business processes and
translate business requirements into technology solutions.? *
Provides/reviews estimates for design, build, test and implementation
phases, ensuring quality and accuracy is maintained.? * ? Advises on
the best time to engage outside resources.? * ? Provides hands-on
technical expertise on all aspects of implementation.? * ? Meet
project deadlines and handle multiple priorities at a time.
Requirements?? * ? 5-6+ years of professional experience with at least
4 years leading an internal or external development team.? *
Expertise with Linux, Apache, MySQL Administration, and shell
scripting.? * ? Experience building successful enterprise level
websites on the Drupal CMS platform with the requisite expert level
skills using PHP, MySQL, and CSS.? * ? Demonstrated talent with Java
Script, Ajax, and interface design skills.? * ? Knowledge of jQuery
and jQuery UI libraries.? * ? Demonstrated skills in discovery,
specification development, information architecture, and design.? *
Experience with SEO, registration systems, social media tools, content
syndication, and e-commerce.? * ? Experience in Content Driven
industries including Media, Publishing, Entertainment, Museums,
Education, Non-Profits, etc.? * ? Strong project management skills and
experience using code repositories such as Subversion and project
management systems such as Redmine to manage complex projects.? *
Ability to manage and communicate project expectations effectively
with team members.? * ? Experience with Mobile and HTML5 development
desirable.? * ? Entrepreneurial spirit and desire to make an impact.
* ? Dedicated to the use and support of open source.

Please send resume and cover letter to bpoc at bpoc.org



[MCN-L] MCN Silent Auction in Atlanta - prizes!

2011-11-09 Thread Perian Sully
Dear Marla:

What's the procedure for dropping off items? At the check-in/registration desk?

On Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 2:49 PM, Misunas, Marla mmisunas at sfmoma.org wrote:
 The MCN Silent Auction is coming up.
 Can you top last year's Elvis Mr. Potato Head?
 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37591725/ns/business-consumer_news/t/new-role-elvis-mr-potato-head/
 You should try! Prizes awarded for the auction item that brings in the most 
 cash, and for the
 most unusual item.

 Here's what to do:
 Come to Atlanta for MCN's annual meeting, November 16-19.
 Bring items to be auctioned off
 Bid and win items on Friday, November 18.
 Support MCN's Scholarship Fund




[MCN-L] Job posting: Director of Information Technology, Balboa Park Online Collaborative

2011-11-04 Thread Perian Sully
As we expand, the Balboa Park Online Collaborative is seeking a
dynamic, business minded proactive Director of Information Technology
with strong technical and communications skills who is aspiring to a
CIO role. The BPOC provides thought leadership and technical services
to more than 27 museums and cultural organizations with a focus on
providing innovative solutions, delivering exceptional customer
service, and creating a reliable infrastructure that demonstrates
value to our members.

The Director of IT is responsible for all aspects of information
technology operations, including supervision of information technology
employees; budget preparation and management; development of
guidelines, standards and procedures; deployment and maintenance of
enterprise application systems and services;information security; and
user support, training, and outreach. The director is charged with
both strategic planning and technical implementation to fulfill the
mission of the BPOC and the individual organizations. It is a
full-time, 12-month position located at the San Diego Hall of
Champions Sports Museum in San Diego.?

Responsibilities:

Oversee desktop and server support for a diverse collection of
museums and cultural organizations in Balboa Park, San Diego,
supporting approximately 250 users at 9 sites, with potential for
expansion.
Manage and maintain server environments and infrastructure,
including voice and data communications, including direct hands on
work.  Rapidly respond to emergency situations both during and outside
of normal business hours, as requested.
Together with the Director of BPOC, develop and implement a
strategic plan for campus-wide IT that supports the mission of the
cultural institutions that we serve as well as the innovative
technology mission of the BPOC
Manage a growing team of 3 full time staff and 10 interns using a
robust ticketing and project management system.
Provides strategic and operational leadership to the IT team and
assists in designing, implementing, maintaining and upgrading all IT
infrastructure on campus ? including wide area fiber optic network,
public access wireless, local area networks, application, file and
print servers (some in a virtualized environment), VoIP telephone
systems, integration with cloud-based services such as Google apps,
personal computers and operating systems.
Provide overall direction and advises on best practices for IT
activities campus-wide, including multimedia projects, in-gallery
displays, collections management (including library systems), digital
asset management, customer relations management, financial and
ticketing systems.
Work closely with colleagues to meet team goals and improve
processes and practices.

Requirements:

7+ years of network and server administration experience in a
fast-paced support environment
Broad base of technical knowledge in IT systems and emerging
technology trends and issues, especially in the museum or educational
technology space
Collaborative skills to work effectively with faculty, staff and
senior administrators in areas other than technology to develop and
implement appropriate uses of technology.
Expert knowledge of TCP/IP WANs and LANs, Active Directory,
SharePoint, desktop support systems, MS Exchange, VMware servers,
SANs, firewalls, remote access VPNs, PBX systems, and popular business
applications. Experience with museum- or nonprofit-specific software
packages is a plus.
Experience advising and communicating with non-technical staff and
guiding technical decisions
Strong combination of strategic planning, communication,
interpersonal, management, and leadership skills.
Demonstrated ability to successfully manage a team
Desire to work in non-profit / museum environment

Submit resume and cover letter via email to bpoc at bpoc.org. No phone
calls, please.



[MCN-L] New Flickr uploader for museums, Sammu, available for pre-release

2011-09-19 Thread Perian Sully
Hi everyone:

As many of you know, Balboa Park Online Collaborative has helped seven
organizations in Balboa Park upload close to 110,000 images to Flickr.
Because of the diversity of information and images that these
organizations represent, we needed an easy-to-use way of marrying
database records with their images, ensuring that the information is
displayed properly within Flickr's Description, Tags, and Title
fields. As a result, we've been hard at work on a new image uploader
for the museum community that will greatly facilitate online access to
collections on Flickr. Called Sammu (for Synchronized Automated Media
Metadata Uploader), it ingests museum database exports and merges the
records with their images and uploads them together.

To see an example of an account uploaded using Sammu, check out the
Museum of Photographic Arts' Flickr stream:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mopa1 Since this account launched in May,
it has enjoyed over 160,000 views, and there's an active community of
commenters and discussions about the collection.

We're just about ready to release Sammu to the museum community at
large, but we'd like a few dedicated volunteers to check out the
software and help us kick the wheels. Sammu does require Mac OS 10.6
or higher to run. Sorry, PC folks.

If you're interested, please drop me a line at psully at bpoc.org. I look
forward to hearing from you!

~Perian

Perian Sully
Project Manager: Online Access and Digital Asset Management
Balboa Park Online Collaborative
http://www.bpoc.org



[MCN-L] Technology, Interpretation and Education Virtual Conference and Expo Hall - September 20-22, 2011

2011-09-09 Thread Perian Sully
Multi-day Online Conference and Virtual Expo Hall
Technology, Interpretation and Education 2011
September 20-22
11 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day (Eastern)

Join us for an exciting two-day online experience, where you can learn
from and interact with Media  Technology MUSE Award-winning museum
professionals, technology vendors and your fellow museum and
technology colleagues. Whether you're starting to introduce technology
to your institution, or are in the middle of a long-range
initiative--this conference is perfect for you.

And don't do it alone--register as a group to bring the online
conversation directly into your room! Invite staff, create dialogue,
encourage participation, come up with ideas for your institution.

TIE 2011 features a wide variety of interactive and educational
projects--video podcasting, audience-building websites, in-house
kiosks--even alternate reality games on mobile devices!

Get creative--get inspired!

http://www.aam-us.org/getinvolved/learn/tech.cfm

Don't miss it!



[MCN-L] Fwd: DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2012 Annual Meeting Session Proposals

2011-08-31 Thread Perian Sully
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[MCN-L] Call for Proposals for AAM Media Technology sessions, deadline July 15!

2011-05-30 Thread Perian Sully
Dear Media  Technology and MCN members:

I want to apprise everyone of the deadline dates for proposal submissions
for the 2012 AAM Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 29-May 2:

Deadline date for proposals to go through the SPC Program Committee: *July
15 *

Final date for general submissions: *August 31*

The theme for this year is Creating Community.

Why is it important to get your submissions in early? Proposals that go
through the SPC Program Committee have a greater shot at being accepted,
because of the assistance you receive by yours truly to fine-tune your
proposal and make it stronger. The process is changing this year, so unlike
in past years when I (and Herminia before me) was able to work with you and
make final adjustments between July 15 until the Program Chairs meeting in
August, I will not be able to help fine-tune your proposal after the July 15
deadline. So PLEASE contact me in advance and tell me your ideas, if you
need someone to present with, or if you need a look-see or an editor to
ensure your program has the best shot it has at being accepted by the
National Program Committee in October.

This year's process:
*now-July 15*: MT Program Chair (i.e. me) works with interested session
chairs to develop sessions
*July 15-August 3*: ALL SPC programs chairs review ALL submissions (not just
their own SPC) and grades them according to a set of criteria, including
inclusion of international speakers and non-traditional presentation formats
*August 4*: Program Chairs meeting in Washington DC. The top 39 sessions
from all SPC-reviewed proposals are presented for approval by the entire SPC
council. These sessions will be marked as Endorsed by the SPC Council. One
session from each SPC will be protected as a nuts and bolts session
*August 5-31*: Program Chairs can discuss and fine-tune sessions with
session chairs for final SPC endorsement until the August 31 deadline
*October*: Final schedule is determined by National Program Committee

AAM has also said they will be setting up a site for session chairs to flesh
out ideas and look for co-presenters. I'll provide that address when it's
available.

Thank you so much to everyone who presented this year. It was a great
conference and I look forward to hearing from you soon so we can raise the
bar even more for Minneapolis.

Sincerely,

~Perian Sully
AAM Media  Technology Program Chair


[MCN-L] DAM pricing

2011-05-18 Thread Perian Sully
Hi Megan:

It really depends on what you want to do and how big your institution is. On
the low end, you can anticipate something in the 15-20K range. On the high
end, up to several hundred thousand.

There are also a bunch of open source dams available, but you'll have to
factor in the cost of hardware (true for the commercial products, too).

Sorry for the non-answer, but if you're able to provide more specifics about
the size of your institution and what you want the DAMS to do, someone might
be able to help fine-tune the numbers.

~Perian

On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 12:28 PM, Megan Brett megan.brett at gmail.com wrote:

 Greetings all,

 I've been following the conversation about Digital Asset Mgmt systems with
 interest, as it's something my site is starting to think seriously about.
 I've been asked to try and pull together some figures, but I'm having a bit
 of trouble. Would anyone be willing to share a range figure with me?

 Thanks much,

 Megan Brett



[MCN-L] Museum Mobile App List

2011-05-16 Thread Perian Sully
Hi Kurt:

Check out this great list: http://www.museums2go.com/

Charles includes reviews with the apps, too.

On Sat, May 14, 2011 at 8:37 AM, MuseumPods museumpods at gmail.com wrote:

 Hello,

 A lot of people have asked me for a list of available museum mobile apps
 (iPhone, Android) and I don't have one -- is there a list or directory I
 can
 reference?  If not, send me the URL of the app in the iPhone app store or
 Google Marketplace. I would be glad to make a directory for people to use.

 Thanks,
 Kurt
 museumpods at gmail.com


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[MCN-L] Online Collections Publication

2011-04-29 Thread Perian Sully
I wholeheartedly agree with Deb. To date, the evidence is inconclusive that
online collections=increased foot traffic EXCEPT when one takes into account
the fact that easy access to museum collection materials increases the
feelgood quotient for a percentage of your audience.

Anecdotally, I do hear on a regular basis from the institutions I work with
that they are seeing an uptick in researcher visits. Their researchers are
coming from out of town to see the materials firsthand. This doesn't add
substantially to the amount of visitors an institution gets, but it does
reflect well on the museum to have those visitors making a special trip.

You might also take a look at Dr. Paul Marty's 2005-2008 study about museum
websites and visitorship. He interviewed 1200 visitors at 9 museum websites
and asked them what their expectations were for the website.
http://marty.ci.fsu.edu/preprints/marty_mmc_2008.pdf (preprint) According to
his research, a majority of online visitors (60-70%) believe that the
website should offer access to research materials and online collections.
The Canadian Heritage Information Network's 2004 study showed 50% of
visitors go to the website to learn about the collections. 2004 Survey of
Visitors to Museums? Web Space and Physical Space
http://www.pro.rcip-chin.gc.ca/contenu_numerique-digital_content/2004survey-2004survey/index-eng.jsp

Also check out the the IMLS National Study on the Use of Libraries, Museums
and the Internet, 2008: http://interconnectionsreport.org/ It suggests that
there is, in fact, a positive correlation between website use and on-site
visitation. From the intro: The study concludes that ?the amount of use of
the Internet is positively correlated with the number of in-person visits to
museums and has a positive effect on in-person visits to public libraries

Hope these are of use,

~Perian

P.S. because the question will invariably arise, when I was at the Magnes,
we saw our RR revenue increase by about 500% within the first year
following online publication of the collections. Some of that revenue was
due to a big book publication; take that away, the increase was around
100-150%.

On Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 6:23 AM, Deborah Wythe deborahwythe at hotmail.com
wrote:

 Hi Maggie,

 We've have had an uptick in image requests since putting the full
collection on line -- makes sense, of course: people looking for images are
going to want to see images. Having PayPal available for quick purchases and
people who want an image to print and hang on their wall has also helped.

 I don't think there's any competition between catalogs and online
collections: the first is about interpretation, pulling together related
groups, and (yes) providing beautiful images. The second is about searching,
images, and data, and (in our case) interaction, tagging, commenting.

 I don't have stats on hand, but you could look over our blog posts about
the collections online and see if there are any comments that ring true to
you. This one is a good starting point http://bit.ly/jPSKXk  (I can't
believe it's only a year ago that we released everything!) Try the Labs
pages, too: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/opencollection/labs/

 I'm also not sure that collection online is about attendance -- at least
not in a bricks and mortar sense. We all need to start seeing our audience
as something broader than the people who walk in the door. People who don't
actually come to the museum don't pay admission, but when we build worldwide
audience and community, we're banking for the future. If people have a good
experience with your collection online and the rest of your website and feel
connected with you on a personal level, that may prime them to visit the
next time they're in the area, or to talk you up and spread the word (The
Brooklyn Museum is a way cool place.).

 Deb Wythe
 Brooklyn Museum

 deborahwythe at hotmail.com




 From: maggie.hanson at gmail.com
 Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2011 12:24:06 -0700
 To: mcn-l at mcn.edu
 Subject: [MCN-L] Online Collections Publication

 (*I apologize if anyone has already received this message.  I'm having
 trouble with my subscription so I'm trying from a different email
address!*)

 Hi, all!

 We are in the nascent stages of publishing museum objects online.  I?ve
 recently had a few staff members ask questions and raise concerns about
 online publication hurting exhibition catalog sales (and that general
idea).
  This is an old concern that I know has been disputed and calmed over the
 past decade or so, but it?s a new concept/process for some of our staff.
  I?d like to share some examples or refer concerned parties to statistics
 that show that online publication of collections has been shown to
*increase
 * attendance and sales.  I know that there are good quotes in the *LA Art
 Online* report; can anyone point me toward other reports, stats, or
personal
 anecdotes that I could share?  Thanks so much!

 Maggie



[MCN-L] Institutional image database - Lightroom?

2011-04-20 Thread Perian Sully
Hi Sarah:

If you're at all interested preserving your images and making sure you don't
have multiple copies of the same image in your directories (albeit in
different sizes), what you probably want is a digital asset management
system. There are a number of them on the market, and some pretty decent
open source alternatives. Since it seems like your needs are fairly modest,
something like Razuna, DSpace, EnterMedia, or ResourceSpace would work well,
or for a proprietary solution, Extensis Portfolio will probably suit you
nicely. A good DAMS will automatically recognize the EXIF and IPTC data
already embedded in the image and should write back to the image.

The problem with using Lightroom or Bridge or another photo management tool
of that sort is that it's far too easy for your other users to make an
oops and delete or overwrite your assets. Similarly, if you need a
multitude of sizes, photo management software won't allow your users to
create derivatives on the fly. For example, if you're using your assets for
the web, for print publications, etc., you may want a bunch of different
qualities. With a DAMS, a user can download what they need at will, leaving
your master image untouched, and you servers uncluttered with multiples.
Plus, you'd have to purchase a bulk license for the Adobe products if you
wanted an instance on each desktop.

There are some good tips about DAMS and digital preservation on the CHIN
website: http://www.pro.rcip-chin.gc.ca/index-eng.jsp?Ne=8110N=8110

Hope this helps,

~Perian

Perian Sully
Project Manager: Digital Asset Management and Online Access
Balboa Park Online Collaborative


On Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 2:52 PM, SARAH PUCKITT visionary62000 at 
yahoo.comwrote:

 Hello- thanks for your suggestions so far from my recent query. Before I
 posted
 the first question, we were looking at Adobe Lightroom. So my question now
 is,
 why not use Lightroom for this? I've not used it before, but I've
 downloaded a
 trial version along with many of the programs others have suggested.

 What I like about Lightroom, so far, is that its intuitive, which I see as
 an
 advantage for our various staff to be able to access it. I was able to view
 and
 enter data within 10 minutes of downloading the software. Also, it
 automatically
 loads in data that we want (EXIF) and I like the keyword function.

 I've been fumbling along with some of the other programs I've tried (i.e.
 not as
 intuitive), so they may be able to do all this and more, but I havent seen
 that
 yet.

 We are looking for something more sophisticated than iPhoto, but we're
 primarily
 interested in an image cataloguing software, not image editing.
 Thanks again for the input-
 Sarah Puckitt
 Collections Information Specialist
 Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
 spuckitt at mmfa.org
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[MCN-L] Skype- use it or block it?

2011-03-28 Thread Perian Sully
We use it, too. Same with my last museum, where I used it for my AAM
conference calls, instead of charging my calls to the organization.

~Perian

On Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 3:22 PM, Sandy Moore SMoore at toledomuseum.orgwrote:

 We have several staff members using it, including our Director.

 Sandra J. Moore, MBA
 Director of Information Technology
 The Toledo Museum of Art
 Grove Place
 Toledo, OH  43620
 Telephone:  (419) 255-8000 x7308
 Fax:  (419) 255-5638
 smoore at toledomuseum.org
 www.toledomuseum.org



  On 3/28/2011 at 5:14 PM, in message 
 AANLkTikGa7qz3bHHVr1sSgN7LjMwyiShTypeF7x65oUn at mail.gmail.com, John Bedard
 jbedard at artsmia.org wrote:

 We have some staff members interested in using Skype.  Interested in
 finding
 out if others are using, blocking it, or have done any analysis of using
 it.

 John

 --
 John R. Bedard  |  Director of Information Systems
 Minneapolis Institute of Arts
 2400 Third Avenue South
 Minneapolis, MN 55404

 612-870-3268  |  JBedard at artsmia.org  |  www.artsmia.org

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[MCN-L] Multilingual collection database

2011-02-03 Thread Perian Sully
I hope EMu has launched their unicode support. At this time last year, it
was still in development, but I haven't checked back since then.

IDEA (www.idea-alm.com) does offer special characters and multilingual
capabilities. It worked great for the Hebrew/Russian/Chinese/Hindi
characters that are represented in the Magnes collection. Plus translation,
transliteration and synonym indexes.

~Perian

On Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 11:26 AM, Chuck Patch chuck.patch at gmail.com wrote:

 Hi John,

 I'm sure there are a number of systems that do this, and I would check
 with those operating out of that side of the planet, including K-Emu
 and Vernon. I would also check Minisis Inc. (www.minisisinc.com) which
 I've worked with and know offers very strong support for a huge number
 of character sets and languages (i.e., doesn't just recognize a
 character set, but can sort on the language/character set).

 Chuck

 On Thu, Feb 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM, Gordy, John j-gordy at nga.gov wrote:
  Hello everyone
  I have a question on behalf of the National Museum of Cambodia. They have
  approximately 17,000 objects, mostly sculptural including bronze, stone,
 and
  ceramics. They need to store collection information in 3 languages.
 Khmer,
  English, and French. They have imagery for all the objects and would
  ultimately like to put it online. We are interested if anyone?s found a
  collection engine that supports Latin and Asian Character sets.
  Happy Tet
  -jg



[MCN-L] CAL SIG members meeting Berkeley, May 21?

2011-01-12 Thread Perian Sully
AAM begins on May 22nd, so lots of folks will be flying into Houston 21-22

On Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 4:20 PM, Misunas, Marla mmisunas at sfmoma.org wrote:

 Hi all,
 I'm working with our friends at UC Berkeley to arrange a Cal SIG meeting
 there for us in May.
 Due to the end of the school year, things are pretty busy and though we
 normally meet on
 Fridays, it may not work this time around.

 Would you come to Berkeley for the meeting on Saturday, May 21?
 Or is Friday the only day you could come?

 Meetings are usually 10-5-ish, depending on the program.

 Let me know what you think, we'll plan based on your responses.

 Thanks


 Marla Misunas
 Collections Information Manager
 Collections Information and Access
 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
 415-357-4186 (voice)

 Museum Computer Network
 Northern California SIG Chair



[MCN-L] Fwd: REMINDER: Call for Participants, MITH API Workshop due Friday, Jan 14

2011-01-10 Thread Perian Sully
(please excuse the cross-posting ~Perian)


We're nearing the Friday deadline for accepting applications to our
NEH-funded API workshop, so this is your last chance to apply!

The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities will host a two-day
workshop on developing APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) for the
digital humanities. http://mith.umd.edu/apiworkshop/ The workshop will
gather 40-50 digital humanists, who along with industry leaders will
demonstrate their APIs during this ?working weekend.? We will discuss ways
that existing and future APIs could be leveraged for digital humanities
projects.

The workshop format will consist of morning presentations and afternoon
unconferencing. We?ll also schedule time for lightning talks. Some
participants may seek to explore hands-on hacking of APIs following
presentations; others may want to discuss ways that they could use an
existing API. The workshop will include participants of varying skill levels
and technical knowledge, and engage both developers and project managers.
Once the participant list is finalized, we plan to kick-off a discussion
online before the workshop so that we?re ready to make the best use of our
afternoon unconference time.

We invite those interested in participating to apply for the workshop by
January 14th. http://mith.umd.edu/apiworkshop/apply/ Participants will be
notified shortly after the deadline. Due to limited space, we can
accommodate 40-50 participants.

Questions can be directed to MITH Assistant Director, Dave Lester:
dlester at umd.edu.

-- 
Dave Lester, Assistant Director
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
University of Maryland
http://mith.umd.edu
http://davelester.org


[MCN-L] RIP Delicious

2010-12-16 Thread Perian Sully
This makes me very sad indeed:
http://gizmodo.com/5714292/rest-in-peace-delicious

I spent a lot of time adding cultural heritage content and links and
tutorials to Delicious. Maybe I should just migrate them to Zotero
instead? Anyone else have any suggestions for a comparable service?
The article linked to above offers some options for migrating your
bookmarks.



[MCN-L] Online Photo Sharing

2010-08-18 Thread Perian Sully
Hi again:

Hmm, thinking about it more, what about using a free, web-based, self-hosted
image gallery software like Gallery (http://gallery.menalto.com/ )? Just
install it on your servers within a password-protected sub-directory or on a
subdomain. I personally haven't used it a lot, but I know lots of people who
do, and they've been pretty pleased with it.

On a slightly different note, is there a reason why the staff wouldn't want
the images public? If the image library is going to have to resize them
anyway, then hopefully they'll be tracking in-house use. When I was at
Magnes, we set up collections of all of the events (
http://www.flickr.com/photos/magnesmuseum/collections/72157617062521384/ ),
exhibitions (in progress:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/magnesmuseum/collections/72157604290884123/ )
as well as a separate press image folder (
http://www.flickr.com/photos/magnesmuseum/collections/72157619249161210/ ).
Any proofs could simply be made private or visible to selected people.

On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 5:58 AM, Travis Fullerton 
Tfullerton at vmfa.state.va.us wrote:

 David, thanks for the response. We currently use Drop Box and You Send It
 for file transfers, but my goal here is not to actually transfer and allow
 access to the files. What I am after is a simple method for museum staff to
 simply browse the available event and publicity images. Once they found
 what
 they wanted, they would still need to contact the image library to obtain a
 copy in the appropriate size for their use.

 As an example, if we photograph an event or program and generate 75-100
 images, we will send contact sheets of the images to the original
 requestor. But, often the images could serve multiple purposes for other
 users and we currently have no method for other staff to then see those
 images without making an appointment with the image librarian or sending
 contact sheets to everyone. Both of which are a little to laborious and
 inconvenient.

 My hope is that one of the online photo sharing sites will provide the
 browsing and cataloging we need, but be secure and private enough to
 monitor
 in house distribution and use.

 Based on Perian's experience it seems like it should work as a temporary
 solution, although we do not intend to use it for collection images.

 -Travis





[MCN-L] Online Photo Sharing

2010-08-17 Thread Perian Sully
Hi Travis:

I've used Flickr successfully at several institutions now, and, in addition
to using it as a method for collections access, have managed to set it up
kind of like a low-cost, quick-n-dirty DAM.

Two ways you can do this are to either have one login for the institution
that all the staff shares or (my preference) have each user create an
account. The main institutional login adds each person as a contact and
marks them as a friend or family member. These statuses can be used to set
access restrictions on the images. If the permissions are set correctly, the
individuals would be able to download a full-size image by clicking on the
All sizes button within Flickr. Additionally, they would be able to add
metadata on their own. An advantage of using Flickr is that should you
decide to make the images public, it's easy enough to automatically do so.
Another advantage of Flickr is the ability to organize the assets by
Collections and Sets, which makes the assets very easy to find.

There are some open source DAMS out there, and I've successfully played
around with Razuna. I've not had an opportunity to work with other systems,
and none of them extensively, so I can't give any opinions on easy DAM
solutions, but they might be worth checking out, too.

I'm pasting below my recent comments to the Registrar's Listserv that
outlines my pros and cons of using Flickr for public collections access
(should you decide to go that route). One clarification about the metadata
issue (in my Cons below): I know that there are some efforts to make tools
available to link the collection metadata to the Flickr image, but I don't
believe I'm at liberty to discuss the specifics as of yet. Hopefully there
will be a solution to that problem soon :)

Hope this helps!

~Perian


As one of the early adopters of using Flickr for increasing access to
collections, I think I should speak up here with my list of pros and cons. I
presented on this very topic at the CAM conference in March, and I'm hoping
to talk about it again at AAM in May. My slides are here:
http://www.slideshare.net/psully/interested-public-is-interested-using-flickr-to-put-collection-assets-online
And when I was at the Magnes, my boss put up a detailed blog post about the
project here: http://blog.magnes.org/opensourceblog/?p=907

Pros:
~Flickr is cheap. Only $25/year for more-or-less unlimited storage
~Flickr is indexed by search engines regularly, so content posted to Flickr
is more likely to find found via Google or Yahoo (I have a bit more about
this here:
http://musematic.net/2010/05/12/cultural-collections-and-the-semantic-web/
)
~Easy to use, with lots of ways to upload and organize the content
~Opportunities for interaction by the public, including comments, tagging,
and identification
~Easy-to-use analytics to see what people are interested in
~Increased rights and reproduction requests

Cons:
~Increased rights and reproduction requests. Honestly, we really didn't
expect the massive increase in requests. We'd put our content onto Flickr
with large enough quality for researchers and teachers and non-profits to
use as they needed, and applied a Creative Commons license to the assets as
well. But because people could find our assets easily, and were respectful
of the bounds of the license, we got pretty swamped with RR requests. Lots
more revenue, but we finally had to cut off all requests during the
collections move.
~Potential for unintended use. Granted, Magnes hadn't seen any of that,
despite the ethnically-specific content. There haven't been negative
comments to moderate, either. But there's always that
potential.
~Applying metadata. This is the biggest problem. The last two weeks Iwas at
Magnes, I uploaded on the order of 5000 images. I managed to tag them using
Adobe Bridge, but I did not have the opportunity to describe them, because
the only way I could do it was by manually copying and pasting from the
database, into the image's IPTC fields. So the Magnes Flickr account has a
whole lot of beautifully-described assets (see
http://www.flickr.com/photos/magnesmuseum/4402841084/ ) and a whole lot of
barely-described assets (like
http://www.flickr.com/photos/magnesmuseum/4714606931/in/set-72157624310866700/).
If I could have, I would have started way earlier on the project and
gotten a dedicated volunteer to help. (PS - see amended comment above)
~Artist rights. For Magnes, this wasn't that much of an issue, but for those
few pieces that did have limitations on web publication of  images, I either
didn't publish them at all, or, in the case of those
with fuzzy rights (eg. the deed says that Magnes has full rights, but the
artist is still living, and copyright perceptions have changed recently) I
reduced the size of the image from the standard 1000 pixel
length and 72 dpi down to 500 pixel length - large enough for use by
teachers, too small for use by publishers.

I strongly encourage you to read the Library of Congress' report, For the
Common

[MCN-L] FailFaire - NYT article about non-profit technology failures

2010-08-16 Thread Perian Sully
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/17/technology/17fail.html?_r=1

Personally, I think this would be a really useful and interesting discussion
for our own purposes. What do you guys think? I'm wondering if this should
occasionally be a feature at our conferences. I think we could all
commiserate!

Cheers,

~P

-- 
Perian Sully
http://www.emphatic.org
http://www.musematic.net
http://www.mediaandtechnology.org
Twitter: @p_sully



[MCN-L] Applications now open! THATCamp Bay Area, October 9-10, 2010

2010-08-03 Thread Perian Sully
(apologies in advance for the cross-posting)

Hi everyone! Applications for THATCamp Bay Area just opened! It's easy, and
I strongly encourage anyone with an interest in technology and cultural
institutions to apply. This is a great event for newbies and seasoned
experts alike. http://www.thatcampbayarea.org/apply

Many of you are familiar with the THATCamp concept, but if you're not, The
Humanities And Technology unconference is a user-generated  conference (or
powwow) in which folks from museums, archives, libraries, and all sorts of
other digital humanities disciplines get together and talk shop, share new
ideas, and make new friends. There's a more detailed about page here:
http://www.thatcampbayarea.org/about which explains unconferences and
THATCamp.

THATCamp is open to anyone with an interest in the humanities and
technology, and is accessible to newbies as well as experienced hackers and
professionals. For newbies, or those who want to brush up on their skills, a
concurrent BootCamp will be run, and will provide an introduction to some of
the tools, methods, technologies and standards used by researchers in the
digital humanities. There's no formal agenda, so if there's something you'd
like to hear about in BootCamp, list it on the application form.

It will be held on Pier 38 at the Automattic Lounge (Automattic are the
folks behind Wordpress, and they've graciously agreed to host THATCamp Bay
Area), October 9-10, 2010. This is over near the
Financial District (not near Pier 39!), and for folks coming in from out of
town, there are a number of wonderful hotels in downtown San Francisco, all
within walking or streetcar distance from Pier 38.

Because space is tight, there is an application process. If you?re
interested in attending THATCamp Bay Area just fill in the brief application
form, which has space for a bio, session ideas you might
propose, and skills you might want to learn or teach in BootCamp.
Applications will be open from August 1 to September 1, 2010 on the
THATCampBay Area website:
http://www.thatcampbayarea.org Participants will be notified by September
9th.

The cost is cheap! We?re asking for a $25 donation which helps cover some of
the costs of coffee and breakfast snacks, lunch on Saturday, T-shirts, and
drinks on Saturday night.

Be sure to check back on the website for more information, and follow @
THATCamp and #thatcamp on Twitter. Please let your friends know and feel
free to share this with other listservs.

~Perian

From the organizer:

Hi folks,
Thanks to you, THATCamp Bay Area is ON.  We've got an inspiring location to
hold it, and thanks to the help of a host of diverse sponsors, we'll be able
to provide food and drink and swag and still keep the cost minimal to
participants.  Now for the exciting part--opening up the party to passionate
people from multiple fields to come together with their questions and ideas
and a blank sheet of paper for two days and see what happens.

Now what?
1. Submit your Application.  Because we're tight on space and doing this for
the first time in the Bay Area, we're not sure what kind of turn out to
expect, so early registrations will help!

2. Spread the Word.  Please pass on info about THATCamp Bay Area to other
innovators, humanist, technologists and the like that you think would be
interested in it.  If you use Twitter, I've put in some sample tweets below.
 We have a Call For Participants
PDFhttp://www.thatcampbayarea.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/THATCampBayArea2010CFP.pdf
available
on the site which you can pass around or post.  And I've included below a
sample email you can use if you want to communicate that way as well.

3. Still Have Sponsor Ideas? We've kept our sponsorships small to attract a
diverse group of sponsors, and this is an unconference--our costs are low.
 If you're thinking of sponsoring to support this kind of creative
gathering, now's the time.  We could still use the help, and it's a great
opportunity to reach a unique group of catalysts.

I'm looking forward to seeing you in October!

Jon

Jon Voss
LookBackMaps.net http://www.lookbackmaps.net/
 jon at LookBackMaps.net
Twitter: LookBackMaps

*Ideas for Tweets under 140 characters:*
Apps now open! @THATCampSF: Innovators, humanists, technologists: join us
Oct 9-10 for #THATCamp Bay Area. http://bit.ly/96E7Iu

Innovators, humanists, technologists: join us at Automattic Lounge Oct 9-10
for #THATCamp Bay Area. http://bit.ly/96E7Iu via @THATCampSF

*A 3 paragraph email--feel free to cut or include anything:*

The Humanities and Technology Camp (THATCamp) Bay Area will take place
October 9-10, 2010.  Automattic/WordPress.com is hosting it at the
Automattic Lounge on Pier 38 in SF.  Since we have a limited number of spots
(about 75), we'll be opening a simple application process on August 1.  I
hope you'll consider applying and spreading the word to your colleagues.
 The best place to subscribe to reminders and notices is
www.twitter.com/thatcampsf.

Attendees

[MCN-L] newly released W3 emotion markup language

2010-07-29 Thread Perian Sully
I am more bemused by this than I should be and have to share:

http://www.w3.org/TR/2010/WD-emotionml-20100729/

I'm trying to come up with some reasonable use of this, and all I can
come up with is some sort of metaverse or semantic web application.
But I don't think I'd want to code in it... the variables are too
wide!

Anyone else have some ideas about how this might be used in current or
future applications?



[MCN-L] REMINDER! SPC-endorsed session proposals for AAM 2011 are due tomorrow (Friday, July 16th)

2010-07-15 Thread Perian Sully
Hi everyone!

Just a reminder that the deadline for SPC endorsements is tomorrow, Friday,
July 16th. Thanks to everyone I've heard from so far!

To submit your proposal, you'll go through the website here:
http://www.museumexpo.org/aam2011/Public/Content.aspx?ID=569sortMenu=107000

Make sure everything is complete, as AAM will reject the proposal if it's
not. That includes contact info and biographies for all speakers.

I'm really excited by what I've seen so far, and I'm looking forward to
hearing from more of you.

Best,

~Perian Sully
AAM Media and Technology SPC Program Chair

-- 
Perian Sully
http://www.emphatic.org
http://www.musematic.net
http://www.mediaandtechnology.org
Twitter: @p_sully



[MCN-L] Save the Date! THATCamp Bay Area, October 9-10, 2010

2010-07-07 Thread Perian Sully
Hi everyone!

Many of you are familiar with the THATCamp concept, but if you're not, The
Humanities And Technology unconference is a user-generated conference (or
powwow) in which folks from museums, archives, libraries, and all sorts of
other digital humanities disciplines get together and talk shop, share new
ideas, and make new friends. There's a more detailed about page here:
http://www.thatcampbayarea.org/about which explains unconferences and
THATCamp.

THATCamp is open to anyone with an interest in the humanities and
technology, and is accessible to newbies as well as experienced hackers and
professionals. For newbies, or those who want to brush up on their skills, a
concurrent BootCamp will be run, and will provide an introduction to some of
the tools, methods, technologies and standards used by researchers in the
digital humanities. There's no formal agenda, so if there's something you'd
like to hear about in BootCamp, list it on the application form.

It will be held on Pier 38 at the Automattic Lounge (Automattic are the
folks behind Wordpress, and they've graciously agreed to host THATCamp Bay
Area), October 9-10, 2010. This is over near the Financial District (not
near Pier 39!), and for folks coming in from out of town, there are a number
of wonderful hotels in downtown San Francisco, all within walking or
streetcar distance from Pier 38.

Because space is tight, there is an application process. If you?re
interested in attending THATCamp Bay Area just fill in the brief *application
form*, which has space for a bio, session ideas you might propose, and
skills you might want to learn or teach in BootCamp. Applications will be
open from *August 1 to September 1, 2010 on the THATCamp Bay Area website:
http://www.thatcampbayarea.org Participants will be notified by September
9th.

The cost is cheap! *We?re asking for a $25 donation which helps cover some
of the costs of coffee and breakfast snacks, lunch on Saturday, T-shirts,
and drinks on Saturday night.

Be sure to check back on the website for more information, and follow
@THATCamp and #thatcamp on Twitter. Please let your friends know and feel
free to share this with other listservs.

Hope to see you there!

~Perian

Perian Sully
http://emphatic.org
http://musematic.net
http://mediaandtechnology.org
Twitter: @p_sully



[MCN-L] scanner recommendations?

2010-06-25 Thread Perian Sully
I second Denise's recommendation. The Epson 1XL series is fantastic.

~Perian

On Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 9:37 AM, Gose, Denise gosed at ccp.library.arizona.edu
 wrote:

 We love our Epson 1XL scanners - but you'll pay close to $3000 for the
 version with Silverfast software and transparency unit, which is what you'll
 need. The price has dropped this year from over $4000, so it's a good deal.

 Not sure what else is out there for large format scanners.

 Denise Gos?
 Head of Image Resources and Copyright Management
 Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
 1030 N. Olive Road, Tucson, AZ 85719
 T: 520.307.2830  F: 520.621.9444
 gosed at ccp.library.arizona.edu





[MCN-L] Database access for curators?

2010-06-23 Thread Perian Sully
Hi Maggie:

I don't know if Mimsy has workflow capabilities, but some systems allow you
to be notified of changes or let you see/approve the changes before they
become live.

Barring that, I've also instructed my curators to place the original
information into a notes field before they delete it entirely (but I also
have backups to refer to, in a worst case scenario).

~Perian



[MCN-L] Database access for curators?

2010-06-23 Thread Perian Sully
Chuck, Gabriela, and Maggie have it correct. One would hope that the db
staff worked with the curators in advance, to determine the correct
terminology terms! However, I can tell you that no one applies terms
consistently, so having that final approval by the information manager is
critical.

Likewise, I can't tell you how many times I've gotten into discussions with
curators who want to delete the description field (used by registration for
identification purposes) in favor of a more contextual, historical curated
description. I have had to go into backups to restore the identifying
description and re-incorporate it. These days, I'm in favor of a curator's
description (or history, or curator's notes) field that the curators can
use, in addition to a physical description field for the registration staff.


On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 12:59 PM, Maggie Hanson maggie.hanson at pam.orgwrote:

 Thanks, Gabriela.  This is a concern as well as the fact that
 corrections in many instances included deleting prior information,
 which may be needed and useful for records in departments like the
 registrar even if the information is not necessarily (or any longer)
 correct.





[MCN-L] Bad news for the public domain

2010-06-23 Thread Perian Sully
Yikes...

Court Says It's Okay To Remove Content From The Public Domain And Put It
Back Under Copyright
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100621/2320049908.shtml

From the article:

...last year, a district court made a very important ruling on what
appeared to be a minor part of copyright law. The Golan
casehttp://www.techdirt.com/articles/20090403/1619494384.shtmlasked
a simple question: once something is officially in the public domain,
can Congress pull it out and put it back under copyright? The situation came
about because of (yet another) trade agreement that pulled certain foreign
works out of the public domain. A district court had initially said that
this move did not violate the law, but the appeals court sent it back,
saying that the lower court had not analyzed the First Amendment issue, and
whether this was a case where the inherent conflict between the First
Amendment and copyright law went too far to the side of copyright by
violating the traditional contours of copyright law. Getting a second
crack at this, the district court got it right -- and was the first court to
point out that massively expanded copyright law can, in fact, violate the
First Amendment.

But, of course, it couldn't last.

On Monday, the appeals court reversed the lower court's
rulinghttp://courtlistener.com/ca10/09-1234/and said there's no
problem with the First Amendment because copyright law
addresses a substantial or important governmental interest.

If I read this right, because the ruling is less about international trade
agreements and more about First Amendment issues, this undermines the
sanctity of public domain in the United States, regardless of origin. And
since it's likely to go to the Supreme Court, AND the Roberts Court has been
notoriously pro-corporate, I'm not feeling terribly secure about the fate of
public domain.

Anyone else have other perspectives about this?

~Perian



[MCN-L] Change of contact information

2010-06-21 Thread Perian Sully
Hi everyone:

Just wanted to let you all know that my last day at the Magnes (in fact, the
last day OF Magnes as a museum) is at the end of June. Would you please
update your email contact for me from psully at magnes.org to
perian at emphatic.org ? I don't know where I'll be landing yet,but I'm looking
forward to whatever life may bring.

And for the curious, the Magnes is merging with UC Berkeley, to be part of
the Bancroft Library. There's a press release here:
http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2010/06/21_magnes_collection.shtmlThree
(and a half) of our current staff will be moving over to UCB, and I
wish them the best of luck.

With thanks,

Perian Sully
http://www.emphatic.org
http://www.musematic.org
http://www.mediaandtechnology.org



[MCN-L] Records for displaying unrelated objects together

2010-06-15 Thread Perian Sully
Robyn:

I haven't used Mimsy, so I couldn't say if it supports this, but what I've
done with a few different databases now is to create an Exhibition record
that links all of the items. But for individual, discrete groups, I've
always had to manually massage the labels, then save the label to the
individual records. These records will share a record that they were in an
exhibition together, and the same label document or record, but have no
other relationships.

I know that's kind of fiddly, but that might be one way of attacking the
problem.

Best,

~P

On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 11:22 AM, Sanford, Robyn rsanford at lacma.org wrote:

 I have a question for all of you data people out there.



 We're going to have a costume show of our permanent collection where
 mannequins will be dressed in complete outfits. This means that there
 will be objects that each have their own individual record in our
 database on a single mannequin. These objects may have had no previous
 relationship to one another in the past (they do not share similar
 accession numbers, etc, etc...). My dilemma is that we use the database
 to create our labels and of course we want to retain the label text in
 the database for perpetuity.

 I am not sure how to do this short of creating a single parent record in
 the database that links to them all, which I do not want to do. Aside
 from the expected questions of what number am I supposed to give a
 record like that, I also don't think it is a good policy to implement as
 users would be inclined to update the label text on the record for the
 labels and not the objects themselves. Or if they were so good to update
 everything, well then they are just duplicating data across 2 or more
 records which just seems unnecessary.



 Has anyone had to deal with this before or have any ideas? We use Mimsy
 by the way.



 Robyn Sanford

 Associate Registrar, Database Manager and Special Projects



 LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART

 5905 WILSHIRE BOULEVARD

 LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA 90036



 T 323 857 4769

 F 323 857 6213

 E rsanford at lacma.org mailto:rsanford at lacma.org









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[MCN-L] FW: Media and Technology SPC-endorsed session proposals for AAM 2011 are due July 16!

2010-06-14 Thread Perian Sully
(Forwarded from the Media and Technology listserv)

Hello everyone!

It was great to meet and talk with so many of you in Los Angeles. It
was, I think, the most entertaining of all of the Annual Meetings I've
attended. Each one has its special flavor, but it's hard to beat daily
celebrity sightings and bike races!

Regardless, next year's Annual Meeting in Houston will be just as
exciting - or it will be, with your help. Your knowledge and expertise
are
instrumental in shaping and supporting our professional practice and
shared body of information.

The theme for AAM 2011 is The Museum of Tomorrow, and the deadline for
SPC-endorsement for your proposal is *July 16*!!

Why should you submit your proposal through the Media and Technology
SPC?

1) You will get personal assistance (by yours truly) crafting and
shaping your proposal for submission to the annual Program Meeting in
August. At
this meeting, the Program Chairs from each of the 13 SPCs present each
proposal and lobby for its acceptance in the final program.

2) Other SPCs may choose to endorse the session proposal. At the Program
Meeting, other Program Chairs may decide if the proposal is valuable to
their area of focus and agree to co-endorse the session. More
endorsements mean a greater likelihood of acceptance by the Final
Program panel.

We encourage you explore those topics you've expertise and interest in;
were there sessions at AAM10 that you would like to explore further?
Something you've not seen addressed at the annual meetings that should
be? What were the issues that you would like to see addressed again, in
greater detail, or differently? Even if you didn't attend, take a moment
to review the same questions: what information or topics need to be
explored in a forum where so many diverse associates gather?  What
should we, as a committee, be looking at as our important, central
concerns?

Here're some possible topics that you might consider:

*   Methods for engaging audiences via social media
*   Web development: sustainability vs. sustainability
*   Collections online on the cheap
*   Micro-donations for museums
*   Don't just gather metrics. Use your metrics
*   Homegrown history - personal archiving by the public
*   Crowdsourcing and audience curation
*   The handheld museum and smartphone apps

Additionally, feel free to play with the formats. Non-traditional,
interactive sessions have received some of the highest evaluations and
the Programs Chairs have been especially encouraged to support these.

If you are interested in participating in a session as a panelist or as
a chair, (or want to know more about what that might mean in terms of
commitment, logistics, etc.) let me know ASAP. If you simply wish to be
a facilitator, and not speak, then pass along some names (nominate your
colleagues to do it!) and pass along ideas. This is not an empty
solicitation, you will be responded to, and this is a direct path to
having your voice heard... join in!

DEADLINE FOR MT SPC ENDORSEMENT (complete proposal) is July 16, 2010.
Please submit your completed proposal via the online database here:
http://www.museumexpo.org/aam2011/public/Content.aspx?ID=569sortMenu=10
7000

You can find AAM Session Proposal Guidelines at
http://www.museumexpo.org/aam2011/CUSTOM/Handout/Session_Guidelines/Sess
ion%20Proposal%20Guidelines.pdf

Please note that any incomplete submissions (including biography,
addresses, etc) won't be considered, so please contact me ahead of time
if
you have any questions about filling in the form!

Again, thanks to you all for being a part of this committee. I look
forward to our further conversations and getting to know you better.

Perian Sully
Media and Technology SPC Program Chair
programs at mediaandtechnology.org

P.S. A special shout-out to Herminia Din, who has been the MT Program
Chair for the past five years - a record! Many thanks for all of your
hard
work and service over the past few years.



[MCN-L] (no subject)

2010-06-14 Thread Perian Sully
blargh. sorry guys. its been a long week

Perian Sully
Collections Information Manager
Web Programs Strategist
The Magnes
Berkeley, CA



[MCN-L] image file names

2010-06-09 Thread Perian Sully
Dear Danielle:

I have a detailed document for our file naming conventions that I'm
happy to send along (I'd post it here, but everything's outlined in
table format and won't work for copying and pasting). Likewise, if
anyone else is interested in taking a look, I'll gladly forward it to
you as well. Please respond to me individually.

Funnily enough, I was just about to draft up a file naming standards
document and post it online. Other than some of the inherent
difficulties with trying to align the digital filenames with the
accession number (particularly when you don't have an accession number
yet), what are some other arguments in favor of using a unique
identifier instead of the accession number?

~P

Perian Sully
Collections Information Manager
Web Programs Strategist
The Magnes
Berkeley, CA

-Original Message-
From: mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu [mailto:mcn-l-boun...@mcn.edu] On Behalf Of
Images
Sent: Tuesday, June 08, 2010 12:03 PM
To: Museum Computer Network Listserv
Subject: [MCN-L] image file names

We're reviewing how we name our image files and I'm hoping that some of
you may have worked through this same issue. Currently, we use our
accession number, however as this contains periods it has been
identified as potentially problematic. For example, accession # 42.3.11
= VAG-42.3.11.jpg. One suggestion is to change the decimals to zeros but
we are concerned that this makes the image file name difficult to read.
Have any of you found a good solution to a problem  like this? Any
thoughts or samples of your naming structure would be most appreciated!

thanks very much
Danielle


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[MCN-L] Thumbnail strategies; social media and copyright.

2010-05-11 Thread Perian Sully
Hi everyone:
 
I'm part of an all-day copyright workshop at AAM in a couple of weeks,
and we'll be discussing, among other things, fair use and thumbnails on
museum websites. In addition, I'll be moderating a breakout session
about social media and copyright. With that in mind, I have a few
questions that I'd like to get your collective perspectives on. Please
reply to me offlist.
 
**Thumbnail strategies:
 
I've already queried a couple of institutions directly, but I think it
would be valuable to get a broader perspective (and thanks again to you
who've already answered!).
 
1)  How has your institution decided to display thumbnails of works
on your website? Specifically, how do you manage it with works in which
the institution isn't the copyright holder (or it isn't entirely clear
that they are)? Do you rely on fair use or do you actively seek
permissions from each copyright holder before displaying the work at
all? Somewhere in the middle?
2)  What size(s) do you display the works at?
3)  Do you, or how do you denote the copyright holder?
4)  Do you put protections in place to prohibit visitors from taking
the images?
 
I know not everyone will have answers to all of these, but any answers
would be great.
 
**Social media and copyright
 
1)  Do you have any particular questions or concerns about copyright
and social media engagement from visitors or by institutions? (I hope I
can post the answers to some of these questions after the workshop)
2)  Have you adjusted your practices in response to social media
engagement and increased web presence by the institution, or by its
visitors? How? (this also includes photography policies in galleries, in
addition to institutional website practices)
 
I really appreciate any time you can spend to answer some of these
questions. Please respond to me offlist, and denote if I may identify
your institution's practices during the workshop. I would like to
collate all answers and distribute them to the list, but I'll strip
identifying information from those answers entirely.
 
Best,
 
~Perian
 
Perian Sully
Collections Information Manager
Web Programs Strategist
The Magnes
2911 Russell St.
Berkeley, CA 94705
Work: 510-549-6950 x 357
Fax: 510-849-3673
http://www.magnes.org
http://www.musematic.org
http://www.mediaandtechnology.org
 



[MCN-L] Heading to Denver for MW2010? Got an iPhone?

2010-04-13 Thread Perian Sully
I'm, alas, not going to MW (and I'm really, really envious of all of you
who are), but this is AWESOME! Well done!

Ok, I want one for AAM now...

~Perian

Perian Sully
Collections Information Manager
Web Programs Strategist
The Magnes
2911 Russell St.
Berkeley, CA 94705
http://www.magnes.org
http://emphatic.org 
http://www.musematic.org 
http://www.mediaandtechnology.org 

-Original Message-
From: mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu [mailto:mcn-l-boun...@mcn.edu] On Behalf Of
Ben Rubinstein
Sent: Monday, April 12, 2010 6:59 PM
To: MCN
Subject: [MCN-L] Heading to Denver for MW2010? Got an iPhone?

If you can answer 'yes' to at least two of the above questions, you  
might want to take a look at this app, which lets you search papers  
and view them by speaker, session or keyword, and mark favourites:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mw2010/id348377811?mt=8

It's a first cut, and done in a bit of a hurry, so if you do try it  
out please let us know what you think.

Have a great conference!

Ben
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[MCN-L] Copyright Questions? We have answers!

2010-04-06 Thread Perian Sully
It is not too late to register for the Copyright Workshop in LA.
But hurry, advance registration ends on April 16th!
See attached flyer.
Please email workshop coordinator, Tamara Johnston, with questions:  
tamarakjohnston at gmail.com

Tamara K. Johnston
Collections Manager/Registrar
Milwaukee, WI
 Collections Manager/Curator for NSMHF
 Instructor, MIAD
 RC-AAM Education Committee Chair
 Collections Consultant, AGSL


[MCN-L] Content-based social media strategies

2010-04-05 Thread Perian Sully
Happy Monday everyone! I've got a discussion question for y'all,
prompted by a discussion Nancy (Proctor) and I were having yesterday
about educational outreach:
 
Do you think that different types of museums (art, history, science,
etc.) have different approaches for leveraging social media?
 
Personally, I haven't seen that there's a consistent difference in the
way types of museums use social media for outreach, but there definitely
is for institutional websites and web-based programs. The differences I
have seen  tend to be based more on the size and organizational
structure of the museum, rather than the content. But I have to admit
that I haven't done an exhaustive survey of the field.
 
Have you noticed differently? Have you adjusted your strategy based on
the type of content being presented?
 
~P
 
Perian Sully
Collections Information Manager
Web Programs Strategist
The Magnes
2911 Russell St.
Berkeley, CA 94705
Work: 510-549-6950 x 357
Fax: 510-849-3673
http://www.magnes.org
http://www.musematic.org
http://www.mediaandtechnology.org
 



[MCN-L] Switching to Gmail

2010-03-16 Thread Perian Sully
We use Google Docs extensively at the Magnes for collaborating on inventory, 
determining deaccessions, and tracking software bugs. That being said, we also 
use MS Office for the majority of tasks for the following reasons:
 
1) formatting
2) sharing (not everyone can use Google Docs if we send them a link)
3) templates (like letterhead, etc)
4) image-embedded documents
5) Powerpoint has many more features than Google Doc's slideshow functionality
6) Not all of our staff are computer-savvy enough or comfortable with using 
web-based apps, and we don't have the time or staff to train them otherwise.
 
We have also considered moving from our MS Exchange server to Google, but we 
want more control over our assets, and we don't have the physical 
infrastructure to support everyone working online (seriously - I have to do 
offside database backups over the weekend when no one's going to be using the 
interwebs around here).
 
~Perian

 


[MCN-L] ye olde TIF vs. JPEG2000 debate

2010-03-10 Thread Perian Sully
Howdy everyone:
 
I'm in the midst of reprocessing all (!!) of our image assets from .NEF
(a RAW format) and I'm wondering if I should take another look at
JPEG2000 now.
 
When I first started imaging the collection, JPEG2000 was in its infancy
and not widely adopted. As a result, I have my master files in NEF and
TIF, my high-quality derivatives in TIF, and my accessible and web-ready
images in JPG.
 
Part of this reprocessing will including making new copies of the
high-quality derivatives as well as the accessible JPGs. So I'm
wondering if I should replace the HQ derivative TIFs with JPEG2000 at
this time.
 
Anyone have any opinions, experiences or suggestions before I commit to
this?
 
~Perian
 
Perian Sully
Collections Information Manager
Web Programs Strategist
The Magnes
2911 Russell St.
Berkeley, CA 94705
Work: 510-549-6950 x 357
Fax: 510-849-3673
http://www.magnes.org
http://www.musematic.org
http://www.mediaandtechnology.org
 



[MCN-L] VA Crowdsourcing Application

2010-02-05 Thread Perian Sully
Hi Gail:

Once again, you and your team have done a fabulous job. I've spent an
hour or so having a lot of fun playing with the app and I'm curious
whether you'll be studying the responses and reporting results back to
the community? For example:

Do people like extreme close-ups for the thumbnails or do they prefer
full views? 
Do they want the professional, black backdrop images or are they
selecting the brightly lit, informal images?
Angled or head-on shots?
Opened or closed (for things like decorative boxes and the like)
Are they selecting contextual group shots, or individual items when the
record pertains to the individual (like a bowl from a set)?
Are people selecting full views for the crops, or detailed shots that
cut out a lot of detail but makes for a more interesting image?
Frames or no frames?
Offset up or down, or left or right?

I think this app would be a great opportunity to determine what people
are really looking for from our photographs, even when we don't have a
program to help us crop and adjust our images.

Thanks and congratulations!

Perian Sully
Collections Information Manager
Web Programs Strategist
The Magnes
Berkeley, CA

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Gail Durbin
Sent: Wednesday, February 03, 2010 7:41 AM
To: mcn-l at mcn.edu
Subject: [MCN-L] VA Crowdsourcing Application

The VA has just launched a crowdsourcing application in Beta attached
to Search the Collections:
http://collections.vam.ac.uk/crowdsourcing/ 
This enables people to help us improve the crop on our images. We would
be very interested in your responses.

Please send any feedback to Mark Hook at mark.hook at vam.ac.uk 

Gail Durbin
Head of VA Online



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[MCN-L] FW: MONDAY 2/8 @ 12: Professor Pamela Samuelson on Google Book Search and the Future of Access to Scholarly Books

2010-02-04 Thread Perian Sully
For you Bay Area folks.
 
Perian Sully
Collections Information Manager
Web Programs Strategist
The Magnes
Berkeley, CA
 
From: Colin Dingler [mailto:cd...@berkeley.edu] 
Sent: Thursday, February 04, 2010 10:09 AM
To: thl at lists.berkeley.edu
Subject: MONDAY 2/8 @ 12: Professor Pamela Samuelson on Google Book
Search and the Future of Access to Scholarly Books
 
This event is free, wheelchair accessible and open to the public.
Please forward widely.  We apologize for any cross-postings!
 
Professor Pamela Samuelson: Google Book Search and the Future of Access
to Scholarly Books
Townsend Center Forum on Digital Technology in Humanities Scholarship
Monday, February 8, 12-1 in the Geballe Room, 220 Stevens Hall
 
The Townsend Center for the Humanities is excited to announce the first
lunch forum in our spring series on Digital Technology in Humanities
Scholarship.  Please join the conversation about Google Book Search next
Monday with Pamela Samuelson.  Joint professor at Berkeley's School of
Law and School of Information, as well as director of the Berkeley
Center for Law and Technology, Samuelson offers a critical viewpoint
about the consequences of Google Books for academic researchers and
libraries:
 
The proposed settlement of the Authors Guild v. Google lawsuit which
charged Google with copyright infringement for scanning books from major
research libraries would bring about much greater access to books.
However, there are several reasons to be deeply worried about the
settlement because of inadequate privacy protections, risks of
price-gouging for institutional subscriptions, and antitrust problems.
Beyond this, serious questions exist about whether a complex
transformation of the market for digital books such as that envisioned
in the proposed settlement can be achieved through a class action
lawsuit when it is deeply legislative in nature.
 
 
Prof. Samuelson's short talk on the subject will be followed by audience
QA, and a general discussion of the issues.  This is a brown bag lunch
event, with light refreshments provided.  Future lunch forums in the
series will be on March 8, and April 15.
 
 
 



[MCN-L] Comments on your collections online

2009-12-08 Thread Perian Sully
Hi everyone:
 
I'm preparing a lecture (tomorrow) about collections access and the
creation of wonder and discussion. I know I've seen some museum
collections online that allow for comments on their site, and have
generated some great discussions between users. Aaaand, of course, I
can't seem to remember which sites those were.
 
SO! Do any of you know/have collections online that allow for user
comments? Have you seen some great discussions between users that have
served to enlighten the staff and public alike?
 
Thanks in advance and hope y'all are staying warm.
 
Best,
 
~Perian
 
Perian Sully
Collections Information Manager
Web Programs Strategist
The Magnes
2911 Russell St.
Berkeley, CA 94705
Work: 510-549-6950 x 357
Fax: 510-849-3673
http://www.magnes.org
http://www.musematic.org
http://www.mediaandtechnology.org
 



[MCN-L] Project management systems for inter-organizationalcooperation

2009-11-16 Thread Perian Sully
We're currently working on a website project using Basecamp. We're
pretty impressed with it and it makes things nice and easy to keep track
of tasks. http://basecamphq.com/

Perian Sully
Collections Information Manager
Web Programs Strategist
The Magnes
Berkeley, CA


-Original Message-
From: mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu [mailto:mcn-l-boun...@mcn.edu] On Behalf Of
Ari Davidow
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2009 3:36 PM
To: Museum Computer Network Listserv
Subject: Re: [MCN-L] Project management systems for
inter-organizationalcooperation

Several people have mentioned Huddle to me - would love to hear from
people using it. It does sound good.

I have personally found Google Groups to be an even klunkier (who'da
thunk?) Yahoo groups - not my idea of group project management.

Our last couple of projects used Redmine (www.redmine.org) which
includes some decent project management tools, a wiki, files area, and
hooks to subversion.

We have also looked hard at www.zoho.com for all sorts of
collaborative work. Those parts we have tested (docs, spreadsheet)
have been more comfortable and less buggy than Google Docs. I'm
looking for an excuse to try out the MS Project hosted analog, too.
Very promising.

Hope this helps,
Ari Davidow

On Thu, Nov 12, 2009 at 2:04 AM, Hanan Cohen hanan at mada.org.il wrote:
 Hello,

 We at the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem are taking part in a
 number of international projects.

 Managing and participating in these projects using Email is becoming
 hard.

 We are considering two solutions - Google Groups (with other Google
 tools) and http://huddle.net

 Both have pros and cons.

 If any of you is using those tools for this purpose or use other
tools,
 we would love to hear your opinions.

 Thanks,

 Hanan Cohen
 Webmaster
 Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem
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[MCN-L] The Great Ebook Throwdown - my summary

2009-11-06 Thread Perian Sully
Speaking personally, I use the free app Stanza on my iPhone for reading e-books 
in bed (it's nice to have the lights out and still be able to read!). The 
disadvantage is the small size of the page, which Kindle obviously excels at. 
But having an e-book reader that doubles as phone, game player, calendar, web 
browser, etc. means I wouldn't buy the Kindle. What's the point, especially if 
Amazon is going to occasionally automagically delete books off your reader?

~P

-Original Message-
From: mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu [mailto:mcn-l-boun...@mcn.edu] On Behalf Of Nik 
Honeysett
Sent: Thursday, November 05, 2009 4:06 PM
To: Museum Computer Network Listserv
Subject: Re: [MCN-L] The Great Ebook Throwdown - my summary

I don't think Kindle is the device of choice. In September, iPhone
books (some running on Kindle for iPhone (
http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/product/54917/review/kindle_for_iphone.html?tk=rel_news
)) overtook games for the first time, while one in every five new apps
in the App Store in October were books. ... The analytics firm [Flurry]
predicts that Apple could steal market share from Amazon's Kindle, as
more publishers release new book apps for the iPhone at record rates.
 
http://www.pcworld.com/article/181142/iphone_as_an_ebook_reader_threatens_kindle_says_report.html

-nik

 Lesley Ellen Harris lesleyeharris at comcast.net 11/5/2009 1:46 PM

I live within driving distance and went to the discussion.  It was in 

a relatively small boardroom in the basement of the McKeldin Library  
and I got there at 12:30 and there was standing room onlyI could  
only guess it was a diverse crowd of students, professors and others  
like me from looking around at the ages and listening to the  
discussions.  I enjoyed listening to the speakers.

What did I learn?  It was definitely helpful if you were in the market 

to buy an e-book reader -- kindle seems to be the choice.  It was also 

helpful to hear the various factors to consider when purchasing an e- 
reader.

Would I buy one after hearing the speakers?  MaybeAnd would I buy 

one after being able to read and touch various models?  Probably  
not...for the most part, the readers are big and heavy and if I'm  
travelling with a laptop and iphoneI would probably rather take a 

couple of print books with me!  (I occasionally read e-books on my  
iphone using the BN free software.)

Only a few minutes were spent at the end talking about writing e-books 

-- I'd love to hear more on that topic at a future session.

Lesley

Lesley Ellen Harris
lesley at copyrightlaws.com 
www.copyrightanswers.blogspot.com 



On Nov 5, 2009, at 1:53 PM, Amalyah Keshet [akeshet at imj.org.il] wrote:

Podcast available at:
http://mith.umd.edu/programs/digitaldialogue/mp3/dd_2009_11_03.mp3 



?: ??mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu [mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu]  
??? Amalyah Keshet  [akeshet at imj.org.il] 
??: ? ? 29 ??? 2009 08:07
: 'Museum Computer Network Listserv'
??: [MCN-L] FW:  11/3 at U. Maryland: The Great Ebook  
Throwdown

For anyone within range of University of Maryland, College Park, who  
wants to warm up for our MCN 2009 session in Portland, More for  
Less:the e-Book Revolution and Mobile Evolution.:
[Nov. 14 at 10:45. Don't miss it. ]

---

A MITH Digital Dialogue
Tuesday, November 3, 12:30-1:45
MITH Conference Room, Mckeldin Library B0135

?The Great Ebook Throwdown? with Ben Bederson, Nick Chen, and Matt  
Kirschenbaum

Ebooks are suddenly everywhere again. Kindle, Nook, iPhone, Android .
. . after 2000 years, the codex is getting an upgrade. But what kind  
of electronic books and electronic reading devices do we really want?
This roundtable discussion led by Ben Bederson, Nick Chen, and Matt  
Kirschenbaum will feature as many electronic reading and electronic  
book devices as we can lay our hands on, including some prototypes  
being developed here at the University of Maryland. We'll hold them  
up, pass them around, turn them on, talk some trash, and, in the  
process, maybe gain just a little bit of insight into what we all want 

from our electronic book readers. Attendees are encouraged to bring  
along electronic book and reading devices of their own.

Benjamin B. Bederson is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and 

the previous director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at the  
Institute for Advanced Computer Studies and iSchool at the University 

of Maryland. His research is on mobile device interfaces, information 

visualization, interaction strategies, digital libraries, and  
accessibility issues such as voting system usability.   He is also co-

founder and Chief Scientist of Zumobi, a startup offering a mobile  
content platform based on that research.

Nicholas Chen is a doctoral candidate in the department of Computer  
Science at the University of Maryland and is affiliated with the Human 

Computer Interaction Lab 

[MCN-L] GeoCities RIP

2009-11-04 Thread Perian Sully
Proof that even CSS can be used for evil...

(ow. I have a headache now)

Perian Sully
Collections Information Manager
Web Programs Strategist
The Magnes
Berkeley, CA

-Original Message-
From: mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu [mailto:mcn-l-boun...@mcn.edu] On Behalf Of
Morgan, Matt
Sent: Saturday, October 31, 2009 7:12 PM
To: Museum Computer Network Listserv
Subject: Re: [MCN-L] GeoCities RIP

I got a kick out of this translation of an eyeball-searing geocities
page into beautiful CSS:

http://csszengarden.com/?cssfile=http://www.brucelawson.co.uk/zen/sample
.css



[MCN-L] Content credit lines within institutional websites

2009-10-01 Thread Perian Sully
Hi all:
 
I have a bit of a philosophical question. I'm in the process of migrating our 
institutional website and I'm noticing that a lot of content areas, 
particularly those that are best described as online exhibitions, have a credit 
line within the description: Exhibition is a project conceived by so-and-so at 
the Magnes.
 
It's common practice for a project such as an exhibition to have a credit to 
the curator, and having a name to the project increases personal connections 
between the public and staff. But I'm finding myself grousing about it for two 
reasons: 1) Currently, there is only one person creating such online 
exhibitions, resulting in a single person's name being reflected all over the 
site which results in 2) only that one person getting any credit for work done 
by the institution or at least the public perception that that single person is 
the only one who creates content. Personally, I'd feel a bit weird about 
attaching my name to every Tweet, uploads to YouTube, the online collections 
database, or whatever other project I happen to be working on (though my 
projects tend to be more on the meta-scale, instead of curated and forcused 
research efforts). We do have names assigned to individual blog entries, but 
the blog is pretty egalitarian and we have multiple staff posting to it.
 
Has anyone else run into this problem and, if so, how have you assigned a 
credit to online exhibition descriptions?
 
Perian



[MCN-L] Use policies in museums

2009-09-17 Thread Perian Sully
Are we sure that MFA Houston is the bad cop? Perhaps the Robert Frank
estate (or their representatives) complained to MFA Houston who then had
to send a CD to your friend.

Perian Sully
Collections Information Manager
Web Programs Strategist
The Magnes
Berkeley, CA


-Original Message-
From: mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu [mailto:mcn-l-boun...@mcn.edu] On Behalf Of
Chuck Patch
Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2009 8:09 AM
To: Museum Computer Network Listserv
Subject: [MCN-L] Use policies in museums

This doesn't relate to anything specific, but as a long-time observer
without deep legal knowledge or economic understanding of the
licensing / copyright disputes among content creators, museums,
publishers etc. I'd be interested in hearing reactions to the
following situation. (Blame this post on Amalyah - I sent it to her
first and she suggested I post it to the list and so, with the
somewhat entertaining potential of throwing more fuel on the Ken Hamma
- museum copyright - paranoia fire, I will).

A friend of mine who writes a photography blog was recently instructed
to take down some videos from the MFA Houston that he had posted --
with credit and, I believe, links back to the museum site. I couldn't
help thinking that this seems to work against the best interests of
the institution. While it's true, as he admits, that he technically
infringed the copyright of the museum and probably should at least
have sought permission to post them on his (no doubt) money-losing
blog, I'm having trouble understanding how this act did anything other
than drive traffic and increase interest in the museum and the videos
themselves. Would this be a situation where a CC license would have
been more appropriate (and cheaper for the institution?) What do you
think?

Here's the post in which he presents the current situation:

http://2point8.whileseated.org/2009/09/11/takedown/

Chuck Patch
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[MCN-L] VA launches one million objects on line

2009-09-15 Thread Perian Sully
Dear Gail:

My merry band of costume historians use the VA's website regularly, and
they were very excited by this release. I haven't had a chance to browse
through, but I noticed that one of the limitations that was present on
the old site is still present in this iteration (or appears to be).

Basically, we tend to do large search groups within a narrow era. For
example, when looking for costumes from the late-18th century, it's easy
to specify the date range, but we often have to search separately
dress, gown, textile, shoes, pet-en-lair, chemise, grande
habit, caracao, etc. when really a broader category search within
that date range would be helpful.

Does your database backend have an option for field groups, subject, or
category searches, so that a range of items can be retrieved in one
swoop?

Really, really looking forward to fishing through your collections
again.

Best,

~Perian

Perian Sully
Collections Information Manager
Web Programs Strategist
The Magnes
Berkeley, CA

-Original Message-
From: mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu [mailto:mcn-l-boun...@mcn.edu] On Behalf Of
Gail Durbin
Sent: Monday, September 14, 2009 10:41 AM
To: mcn-l at mcn.edu
Subject: [MCN-L] VA launches one million objects on line

Some of you may have seen this on Twitter but if not this is just to let
you know that the VA has launched a Beta version of Search the
Collections where we have moved from 55,000 object records on line to
over a million. The temporary address is www.vam.ac.uk/cis-online .
There is still a way to go but we would welcome comments and ways to
improve what we have there now.

The technical work for this has been done by Richard Morgan, the VA web
technical manager, and his team and he will be able to answer any of the
more technical questions. Mark Hook on the content side has worked with
the designers, The Other Media, on the user interface. Our Collections
records staff under Heather Caven have done a lot of work preparing the
records to go live. The project has been about using what we already had
so the project draws text from our collections information system and
images from the digital asset management system and aims to make the
presentation and functionality as user friendly as possible. We have
tried to make sure visitors see the best records first. And as
information is added to our records so the site will get better.

We are working on making the browse function smoother, introducing text
mining, making the mapping function work more accurately and adding some
less conventional options to the browse. There will be an API and we
hope to add an element of crowd sourcing. In the longer term there will
be saved searches, lightboxes and more linking, among other things, but
some of these items will have to wait until we have completed our more
general website redesign in the Autumn of 2010. For now it feels like we
have made a major digital leap forward which is good for visitors and
provides a foundation for many other web facilities.

Gail Durbin
Head of VA Online



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[MCN-L] In what department does your media person reside?

2009-08-31 Thread Perian Sully
Hi Tamsen!

Our social media folks (me and my boss) are part of the Collections 
Research department. My boss is the director of the department.

Development and Marketing does have some input and additions to the
social media content, but by and large, because we're using social media
to promote collections and research - and our tech-savvy staff are here
anyway - it ended up in this branch.

hope that helps...

~Perian

Perian Sully
Collections Information Manager
Web Programs Strategist
The Magnes
Berkeley, CA


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TAMSEN SCHWARTZMAN
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 9:38 AM
To: 'mcn-l at mcn.edu'
Subject: [MCN-L] In what department does your media person reside?

Hello all,

For those of you who work in smaller museums without big IT departments,
in what department does the person who updates the website and handles
social media work?

--
Tamsen Schwartzman
Museum Media Manager
The Museum at FIT, Room E116
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
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[MCN-L] Microsoft ordered to stop selling Word

2009-08-17 Thread Perian Sully
It already has on my computer, apparently. Haven't been able to get the
darn thing to work right in months!

Perian Sully
Collections Information Manager
Web Programs Strategist
The Magnes
Berkeley, CA

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Ethan Gruber
Sent: Sunday, August 16, 2009 9:11 AM
To: Museum Computer Network Listserv
Subject: Re: [MCN-L] Microsoft ordered to stop selling Word

Now if only a judge could order Microsoft from distributing Internet
Explorer, the world would be a better place!

On Sun, Aug 16, 2009 at 12:20 PM, Amalyah Keshet [akeshet at imj.org.il] 
akeshet at imj.org.il wrote:

 In case you were dozing off in front of your word processing program,
 here's a little kick in the head:

 

 A Judge on Tuesday ordered Microsoft to stop selling its popular Word
 document creation application in the United States in 60 days, after
 finding that the software contains technology that violates a patent
held by
 a third party.



http://www.informationweek.com/news/software/enterpriseapps/showArticle.
jhtml?articleID=219200383




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[MCN-L] Web page about how to use collections online

2009-08-11 Thread Perian Sully
Many thanks to everyone who replied to my query about help pages and
guides for navigating collection information. Your examples are very
helpful! I don't have any control over the UI, so some explanation is
necessary. But you've all given me lots to think about when we are able
to design a different UI.

Best,

~Perian


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Perian Sully
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 1:59 PM
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Subject: [MCN-L] Web page about how to use collections online


Dear fellow MCNers - 

 

I'm in the process of writing a How-To for our new collection online
site
and I was wondering if anyone had written an extensive set of
instructions
for how to use it? Ours has a lot of fields and options, so it's not
quite
as simple as entering a search term into a box. I'd like to see how
others
have framed their instructions, so I don't miss anything or
overly-confuse
anyone

 

Please feel free to reply to me offlist with a link to your
instructions.
Many thanks in advance!

 

Perian Sully

Collections Information Manager

Web Programs Strategist

The Magnes

2911 Russell St.

Berkeley, CA 94705

Work: 510-549-6950 x 357

Fax: 510-849-3673

http://www.magnes.org

http://www.musematic.org

http://www.mediaandtechnology.org

 

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[MCN-L] Website and Digital Communications Coordinator job at Contemporary Jewish Museum, SF

2009-08-11 Thread Perian Sully
Came across this today and figured someone might be interested:
http://thecjm.org/index.php?option=com_contenttask=viewview=articleid
=203

 

Perian Sully

Collections Information Manager

Web Programs Strategist

The Magnes

2911 Russell St.

Berkeley, CA 94705

Work: 510-549-6950 x 357

Fax: 510-849-3673

http://www.magnes.org

http://www.musematic.org

http://www.mediaandtechnology.org

 




[MCN-L] More seats now available! Free Strategic Social Media Seminar for the Cultural Sector featuring Sebastian Chan @ SFMOMA

2009-08-11 Thread Perian Sully
Due to popular demand, more seats have been made available for this free
seminar. We're working on securing a way to film and distribute the
seminar online, but at this time, there is no webcast available. If you
are able to provide webcasting or know someone who can, please let us
know!

 

Social Collections, New Metrics, Maps and Other Australian Oddities

 

A Free Strategic Social Media Seminar for the Cultural Sector featuring
SEBASTIAN CHAN

 

August 28th, 2009 - 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM PHYLLIS WATTIS THEATER at SF
MOMA, San Francisco

 

In a free flowing day of provocative presentation and QAs, Sebastian
Chan will take participants through a range of proven projects and
experimental prototypes. These will raise questions about the role of
collections and collection data in the digital age; new ways of engaging
with communities; and experiments for using mobile technologies in
galleries and out in the world around us. It will also address issues
around how to better measure digital initiatives and also address
philosophies of open access and emerging business models around open
content.

 

More information and RSVP (required) at www.theatrebayarea.org/digital

 

 

Perian Sully

Collections Information Manager

Web Programs Strategist

The Magnes

2911 Russell St.

Berkeley, CA 94705

Work: 510-549-6950 x 357

Fax: 510-849-3673

http://www.magnes.org

http://www.musematic.org

http://www.mediaandtechnology.org

 



[MCN-L] Web page about how to use collections online

2009-08-10 Thread Perian Sully
Dear fellow MCNers - 

 

I'm in the process of writing a How-To for our new collection online
site and I was wondering if anyone had written an extensive set of
instructions for how to use it? Ours has a lot of fields and options, so
it's not quite as simple as entering a search term into a box. I'd like
to see how others have framed their instructions, so I don't miss
anything or overly-confuse anyone

 

Please feel free to reply to me offlist with a link to your
instructions. Many thanks in advance!

 

Perian Sully

Collections Information Manager

Web Programs Strategist

The Magnes

2911 Russell St.

Berkeley, CA 94705

Work: 510-549-6950 x 357

Fax: 510-849-3673

http://www.magnes.org

http://www.musematic.org

http://www.mediaandtechnology.org

 




[MCN-L] Attachments sent in email

2009-08-07 Thread Perian Sully
We don't have specific rules, but anything larger than 10 Mb we  
suggest Yousendit. Really large stuff I upload to an FTP site on our  
webhost



On Aug 7, 2009, at 1:56 PM, Sweeting III, Floyd sweeting at frick.org  
wrote:

 I'm curious as to what size limits you have on sending attachments.  
 As a
 rule, we use Yousendit to send image files, but recently someone on
 staff insisted on sending a 15 MB file as an email attachment and
 refused to consider Yousendit,  it really turned out to be  
 complicated.
 Many other businesses do not accept files larger than 10. Any  
 experience
 or policies to share about this issue?

 Floyd Sweeting III  Head, Information Technology and New Media
 THE FRICK COLLECTION 1 East 70th Street New York, NY 10021
 Tel: 212-547-6889  Fax: 212-879-2091 www.frick.org
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[MCN-L] inventory photos or no?

2009-07-29 Thread Perian Sully
Hi all:

 

In the interest of streamlining our collections inventory (down from 3-4
years to 6 months - EEK!), we're cutting back on taking more formal
studio shots of objects and simply doing brief snapshots.

 

We're also just about to release our database online, and we only have
about 2000 images available of the museum objects (out of 14,000 records
and growing). I'm trying to decide if I should release these low-quality
snapshots to the public or not.

 

Pros:

Image assets are always good

Helps researchers and us

We already have crappy photos publically available, so this wouldn't
change much

 

Cons:

Potential for rights  reproduction requests for objects safely tucked
in a box and irretrievable

Not the best photos in the world and many are useless for research use
(no marks, inscriptions, etc., except in the description)

 

I'm leaning toward the pros outweighing the cons, but I'm wondering if
someone else has dealt with this issue and how? Is it better to just
leave them off the site altogether?

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Perian Sully

Collections Information Manager

Web Programs Strategist

The Magnes

2911 Russell St.

Berkeley, CA 94705

Work: 510-549-6950 x 357

Fax: 510-849-3673

http://www.magnes.org

http://www.musematic.org

http://www.mediaandtechnology.org

 




[MCN-L] NPG and Wikipedia (IP, website security)

2009-07-13 Thread Perian Sully
Wow. I have to admit that I'm of two minds about this. On the one hand,
I'm utterly appalled that someone would circumvent NPG's security
measures, when they were clearly in place to protect their assets while
providing access. That, to me, should be actionable.

On the other, I rather wish that NPG would have provided the world with
decent-quality (if not necessarily reproduction-quality) images of those
works. Zoomify is great, but the quality provided by those thumbnails
isn't helpful for a number of purposes. I really like the VA's approach
and have tried to apply that philosophy here at the Magnes, to a degree.

Really curious about the opinions of your experts out there.

Perian Sully
Collections Information Manager
Web Programs Strategist
The Magnes
Berkeley, CA


-Original Message-
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Kenneth Hamma
Sent: Monday, July 13, 2009 9:58 AM
To: Museum Computer Network Listserv
Subject: Re: [MCN-L] NPG and Wikipedia (IP, website security)

Excellent sleuthing!  You're right.  The Bridgeman-Corel decision that  
went against Bridgeman was never appealed for fear that the appeal  
would also go against Bridgeman and result in a much wider application  
of the case law even in the US beyond the district in which the case  
was brought.

Leaving the DMCA's prohibition on circumventing digital protections  
aside for the moment, might this be the sound of the other shoe  
dropping?  The NPG have certainly teed this up in a way that will be  
difficult to ignore - in law or public policy.

ken

Kenneth Hamma

+1 310 270 8008
khamma at me.com

368 Patel Place
Palm Springs CA 92264

On Jul 13, 2009, at 9:36 AM, Deborah Wythe wrote:


 Interesting dustup. A Wikipedia person went in a backdoor on the NPG  
 site and scraped fullsize images and posted them on Wikipedia as  
 public domain. NPG brought
 in the lawyers to argue that in Britain the 2-D non-copyrightable  
 precedent
 hasn't been argued.






http://www.peoplepoints.co.nz/2009/07/wikimedia-commons-national-portrai
t.html

 http://londonist.com/2009/07/national_portrait_gallery_to_sue_wi.php

 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Dcoetzee/NPG_legal_threat

 Website security:
 From the NPG cease  desist letter:
 As you know, the images from our client's website that you have  
 copied were
 made available from our client's website using Zoomify software.  
 As you know,
 Zoomify is an application that is used to publish photographic  
 images in such a
 way that an entire high resolution image is never made available to  
 a user
 although high-resolution extracts or tiles are made available one- 
 at-a-time.
 Our client used the Zoomify technology to protect our client's  
 copyright in the
 high resolution images.



 NPG's policy/price sheet for web use:
 http://www.npg.org.uk/business/images/use-on-web.php

 Deborah Wythe
 Brooklyn Museum
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[MCN-L] Tax ID Number Online?

2009-07-03 Thread Perian Sully
Our Tax ID number is on our website and has been for some time. We've never 
come across a problem.

~Perian


-Original Message-
From: mcn-l-boun...@mcn.edu on behalf of Kaia Landon
Sent: Thu 7/2/2009 6:52 PM
To: Museum Computer Network Listserv
Subject: Re: [MCN-L] Tax ID Number Online?
 
Stan,

This is becoming increasingly common, and is strongly recommended by many
camps, including Guidestar.

Basically, it boils down to this:
a) the tax ID number is publicly available anyway, so putting it on your
website is only making it easier for your patrons to find, not needlessly
exposing it to possible phishing scams (for any non-profit, Guidestar will
pull this right up)
b) making it easily available on your website is the transparent thing to
do, and can make it easier for would-be donors to find more information
about your organization
c) some organizations or businesses you might do business with will need it,
so this could save them (and you) a phone call.

I'm not sure there is a major downside, although we have not done this yet
(due to other things we're working on at the moment, not any particular
horror at putting it up).

Kaia Landon
Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
Mesa Historical Museum



On Thu, Jul 2, 2009 at 6:27 PM, Stan Orchard stanorchard at mac.com wrote:

 I received an email from a recent visitor and thought I'd ask in here
 if anyone has done this. S/he was asking if we could publish our tax
 ID number because...

 Flexible Spending Account reimbursement requires us to include in our
 paperwork.

 I'd never heard of that before. Have you? This person clearly ID'd so
 it wasn't some kind of phishing expedition. Is this common among
 museum Web sites?

 --
 Stan Orchard
 Web Publisher
 Pacific Science Center - Seattle
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[MCN-L] Reminder! AAM Conference MT Endorsement deadline is July 10!

2009-06-29 Thread Perian Sully
Greetings!

 

Now is the time again that we organize session presentations for the AAM
2010 Los Angels May 23-27. The deadline for Media and Technology SPC
endorsement is July 10, two weeks from now! 

 

2010 has as its theme: Museums Without Borders 

 

We encourage you to search for new answers and/or discussions to the
following ideas,

 

* Technology and the Small Museum (all areas) 

* International Perspectives: Cross Regions and Borders (all areas) 

* Technology Management Through Tough Economic 

* Leadership, Sustainability, Accountability 

* Initiating Change: How to Adopt New Technologies Without Fear 

* Connecting the Dots: Re-Design, Re-Purpose, and Re-Use / Digital
Assets 

* Best Models, Best Practices, Innovative Uses and Practical
Implications 

* Exhibit Design and Development (Online/Onsite) 

* Alternative Interactive Devices / Alternative Interfaces 

* Educational Programs and Professional Development (Online/Onsite) 

* What's Next in Web 2.0 or Web 3.0 

* Social Participation / Social Networking / Public Curation 

* Communication, Collaboration, and Sharing Resources  

* System Integration, Preservation, and Convergence 

* Building Diverse Communities / Diversity of Participation / Thought
and Action 

* New Ideas, New Approaches /  Future Trends in Museum Media 
Technology 

* Ideas for Technology Tutorials ... 

 

What can you do?

For those who attended at Philadelphia, look over your notes and think
back for a moment. Send me your comments as to what were the outstanding
topics or individual speakers that you saw. What were the issues that
you would like to see addressed again, in greater detail, or perhaps
differently? Even if you didn't attend, take a moment to review the same
questions: what information or topics need to be explored in a forum
where so many diverse associates gather?  What should we, as a
committee, be looking at as our important, central concerns?

 

If you are interested in organizing a session, please drop me a note
first. This is not an empty solicitation, you will be responded to, and
this is a direct path to having your voice heard...join in!

 

AGAIN! DEADLINE FOR MT SPC ENDORSEMENT (complete proposal) is July 10,
2009.

 

As AAM is continuing its 'green steps' in the session proposal process,
the entire submission process will now be online only.  Anyone can
submit a proposal, you don't have to be a member of AAM.  Just follow
the Session Proposal Guideline at
http://www.aam-us.org/am10/sessionpropos.cfm

 

To submit a proposal, click on Submit a Proposal and follow the steps.
The online form does not have spell check or formatting options and
there are size limits to most description fields. We suggest that you
type your proposal in Word, run spell check and make any formatting
changes (like bold, italics or underlines) there.  You can then copy and
paste in to the appropriate section of the proposal form.

 

Again, thanks to you all for being a part of this committee. I look
forward to our further conversations.

 

My best,

Herminia

Program Chair, Media and Technology Committee

 

Email: hdin at uaa.alaska.edu

 


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[MCN-L] Sitemap generators?

2009-06-29 Thread Perian Sully
I've a question for you web folks:

 

I need to generate a sitemap for our website (unbelievably, we don't
have one yet). The site is currently just running HTML with a Wordpress
blog attached to it. The free sitemap generator I've downloaded is
getting all of the pages, including the blog. So I'm wondering if
there's a better utility I could be using (preferably free), which would
allow me to define exactly which pages I want included in the sitemap,
and then save the options for use later.

 

I do have Dreamweaver 8 which I'm using to work on the site, but I
haven't quite figured out how/if I can use it to generate an HTML
output.

 

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

 

Perian Sully

Collections Information Manager

Web Programs Strategist

The Magnes

2911 Russell St.

Berkeley, CA 94705

Work: 510-549-6950 x 357

Fax: 510-849-3673

http://www.magnes.org

http://www.musematic.org

http://www.mediaandtechnology.org

 




[MCN-L] Mac vs. PC

2009-06-24 Thread Perian Sully
Dear Drury:

We have a mix of machines here, including two 24 iMacs we used for
digitization work. They connect up to a Windows Exchange server, as well
as another Windows SQL server.

As far as I can tell, they work well with the Exchange server, but I do
have a lot of problems with them not fully recognizing the permissions
on the SQL server. There are, however, some hacks and fixes available,
(although I prefer threatening the iMacs with a hammer...) which we do
apply when problems crop up.

~P

Perian Sully
Collections Information Manager
Web Programs Strategist
The Magnes
Berkeley, CA


-Original Message-
From: mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu [mailto:mcn-l-boun...@mcn.edu] On Behalf Of
Drury Wellford
Sent: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 9:23 AM
To: Museum Computer Network Listserv
Subject: [MCN-L] Mac vs. PC

Help!  The Museum of the Confederacy is seeking advice from fellow
museum professionals.

We are starting a digitization project, and are beginning by scanning
over 6000 original photographs we have in our collection.  We are
looking at buying a 24 iMac, but are now addressing concerns about
whether Mac software will be compatible with the museum's PC-based
server, and whether we will be able to integrate Mac image files with
our PC-based Collections databases.  We plan to store the images on an
external hard drive as well, but again are wondering how difficult it
will be to retrieve the images and use them on PC software.

Any suggestions?

Thanks a lot, and sorry if this question is a repeat of one that has
been asked of the listserv a million times before.

Drury Wellford

Ann Drury Wellford
Photo Services Manager
The Museum of the Confederacy
1201 East Clay Street
Richmond, VA  23219
Phone: (804) 649-1861 x17
Fax: (804) 644-7150
www.moc.org
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[MCN-L] Visitor Theatre / Remote Movie Selection

2009-06-17 Thread Perian Sully
nope, no touch screen - it was right on the wall!

At home, I have a 46 (or something. It's Big.) LCD television I have hooked up 
to my computer. I also have a wireless mouse and keyboard so I can use that for 
media viewing. Same idea, only with a TV instead of a projector.


-Original Message-
From: mcn-l-boun...@mcn.edu on behalf of David Lynx
Sent: Wed 6/17/2009 1:59 PM
To: Museum Computer Network Listserv
Subject: Re: [MCN-L] Visitor Theatre / Remote Movie Selection
 
I could do this with a mac mini..  I guess it would have to be near the
screen.  Was this put on a touch screen?

I am hoping to have something that was remote to a screen on the wall
(without running cords). But I might now be able to do this.


On 6/17/09 1:41 PM, Perian Sully psully at magnes.org wrote:

 We did this in our Projections gallery. Instead of a TV, we used a projector,
 but the effect would be the same. Instead of setting up a television, we used
 an iMac Mini and loaded the videos onto that. Set up some permissions to allow
 folks to browse the video content but not much else. We would turn it on in
 the morning and load the video list onto the screen, so that all of the
 options would be obvious.
 
 A small remote and list of instructions were available to the public. We also
 set up a wireless keyboard and mouse for when we wanted to do internet-based
 demonstrations in that gallery.
 
 ~Perian


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[MCN-L] MediaWiki help

2009-06-11 Thread Perian Sully
Hi everyone:

 

I'm wrestling with trying to figure out the best way to organize our
MediaWiki installation and make the pages findable by our users
(currently, a total of 15 people - our staff). We're using the wiki for
helping us develop and outline our workflows, but a lot of users are
having trouble finding the pages, or knowing the full scope of
information available on the wiki.

 

SO. I want to have a list of all of the pages currently created, with a
link in the sidebar. I finally figured out how to modify the sidebar,
but I can't figure out what link I would use to point to an index
showing all of the pages currently created. Is this automatically
generated by MediaWiki or something I need to create manually and update
as each page is created?

 

Based on the bits of information I've been able to find about this, I'm
also thinking I will need to define some Categories. But I'm not sure
how to start going about that. Do I need to install a plugin to allow us
to add Category Tags, or is it a settings thing? Likewise, would the
Portal:Categories page be automatically generated?

 

I don't have the language to even know how to search for answers so
maybe one of you has already done this... Thanks once again in advance
for your help.

 

Perian Sully

Collections Information Manager

Web Programs Strategist

The Magnes

2911 Russell St.

Berkeley, CA 94705

Work: 510-549-6950 x 357

Fax: 510-849-3673

http://www.magnes.org

http://www.musematic.org

http://www.mediaandtechnology.org

 




[MCN-L] MediaWiki help

2009-06-11 Thread Perian Sully
Ok, and as often happens as soon as I ask a question, I stumble across a
search term that gets me the answer!

So, to answer my own question (and to help anyone else who is trying to
organize their own wiki), here's what I had to do:

Look at all of the pages in Special:AllPages and then, within the text
of each page, insert [[Category:NAME]] to create the category tag. To
view all of the categories, go to Special:Categories

And yes, they're all automatically generated. Thank goodness!

~P


-Original Message-
From: mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu [mailto:mcn-l-boun...@mcn.edu] On Behalf Of
Perian Sully
Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2009 3:28 PM
To: Museum Computer Network Listserv
Subject: [MCN-L] MediaWiki help

Hi everyone:

 

I'm wrestling with trying to figure out the best way to organize our
MediaWiki installation and make the pages findable by our users
(currently, a total of 15 people - our staff). We're using the wiki for
helping us develop and outline our workflows, but a lot of users are
having trouble finding the pages, or knowing the full scope of
information available on the wiki.

 

SO. I want to have a list of all of the pages currently created, with a
link in the sidebar. I finally figured out how to modify the sidebar,
but I can't figure out what link I would use to point to an index
showing all of the pages currently created. Is this automatically
generated by MediaWiki or something I need to create manually and update
as each page is created?

 

Based on the bits of information I've been able to find about this, I'm
also thinking I will need to define some Categories. But I'm not sure
how to start going about that. Do I need to install a plugin to allow us
to add Category Tags, or is it a settings thing? Likewise, would the
Portal:Categories page be automatically generated?

 

I don't have the language to even know how to search for answers so
maybe one of you has already done this... Thanks once again in advance
for your help.

 

Perian Sully

Collections Information Manager

Web Programs Strategist

The Magnes

2911 Russell St.

Berkeley, CA 94705

Work: 510-549-6950 x 357

Fax: 510-849-3673

http://www.magnes.org

http://www.musematic.org

http://www.mediaandtechnology.org

 

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[MCN-L] Virtualization

2009-05-26 Thread Perian Sully
Apologies in advance for the very basic question, but I've seen a lot of
discussion about virtualization lately, but I don't have a whole lot of
background information.

Does anyone have any particular references/ a nutshell answer that
outline 1) what virtualization is, and 2) what the pros and cons are?
I'd love to get caught up to the conversation!

~P

Perian Sully
Collections Information Manager
Web Programs Strategist
The Magnes
Berkeley, CA




[MCN-L] Who manages your social media presence?

2009-05-26 Thread Perian Sully
I manage the Twitter/blog/YouTube presence, with some input on both Facebook 
and Flickr. Facebook is managed by the Development and Marketing department 
while our Director of Collections and Research does the most work on Flickr.

Most of the staff has access to provide input or content to any of these media.

as to interfacing with PR/Marketing... heh. not well? Since I also do the 
updates to the website, when website updates are forwarded to me, I try to 
update all of the sites at once. We're trying to streamline the process, but 
there is a lot of training required of key staff before it will work smoothly.

Perian Sully
Collections Information Manager
Web Programs Strategist
The Magnes
Berkeley, CA


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From: mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu [mailto:mcn-l-boun...@mcn.edu] On Behalf Of 
Melissa Kinkley
Sent: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 11:40 AM
To: mcn-l at mcn.edu
Subject: [MCN-L] Who manages your social media presence?

Dear all,
In your museum, does your PR/Marketing staff manage your presence on flickr,
youtube, facebook, your blogs, etc. or someone else? If you have one, how
does your New Media team interface with PR/Marketing?

Thanks,
Melissa


Melissa H. Kinkley
Manager of New Media  Family Interpretation

Smart Museum of Art
University of Chicago?
5550 S. Greenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
ph. 773.702.2362
fax 773.702.3121

http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu



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[MCN-L] Portland

2009-05-11 Thread Perian Sully
I had the pleasure of going to another convention in Portland a couple
of years ago and I can't express how lovely and wonderful the city is.
Powell's Books is a must-go (leave room in your suitcase. Seriously).
There are great eats all over the place and the nightlife is active.

Can't wait for MCN this year!

Perian Sully
Collections Information Manager
Web Programs Strategist
The Magnes
Berkeley, CA

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From: mcn-l-bounces at mcn.edu [mailto:mcn-l-boun...@mcn.edu] On Behalf Of
Diane M. Zorich
Sent: Monday, May 11, 2009 4:46 AM
To: mcn-l at toronto.mediatrope.com
Subject: [MCN-L] Portland

FYI --

Given that the MCN 2009 conference is in Portland, those planning to 
attend might want to check out this Sunday's Travel section of the NY 
Times, which features frugal Portland (http://travel.nytimes.com/).

Some interesting highlights:  free (and good) beer at a local store 
(to encourage shopping) and the best steaks in town are apparently at 
a strip joint (I won't make the obvious pun here)  Also, some 
good tips for those seeking a more sedate experience.


Diane




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[MCN-L] Looking for a New Webblast/Email/Metrics Service

2009-05-11 Thread Perian Sully
From our Development Director. Anyone have any suggestions? We will be
migrating our website to Drupal soon, and I would think that some sort
of integrated email marketing tool with metrics functionality would be
of particular use here. Thoughts about that would also be helpful.

Thanks!


I am looking to switch our service, for the primary reason that I am
concerned that our db has grown stale.. we are still using the tools I
set in place five years ago, and I am worried that there may be those
who are not getting mail just cuz the app, known address format are OLD,
etc...

Also, I want a better look-and-feel and an easier back-end user
interface to hand all this over to Faith, with an eye on her doing
reports of opens and clicks, users and interests, etc.

There's actually a lot of functionality, in terms of tracking with
Topica and I do not want to lose that moving forward (not being
leveraged well enough now).

can you please blast a question to your peeps, about bulk email services
and tools with an eye on metrics and reports?  Also, I want to start
list sharing with other local and national orgs. to build the list.
Anything you can get re: issues and case scenarios'd be greatly
appreciated.


Perian Sully
Collections Information Manager
Web Programs Strategist
The Magnes
Berkeley, CA



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