Just when your museum thought it had figured out how to work on the web... Increasingly, our visitors’ online experiences are moving away from the humble browser and even from games and mobile apps. This year, the focus on technologies ‘beyond the web’ takes us beyond the everyday of ‘online’ and towards thinking about new experiences for visitors inside and outside museum environments. What do you need to know to navigate the challenges wearable, immersive, mobile and haptic technologies are going to throw at you?
UKMW14 keynotes: George Oates and Ross Parry
We are delighted to announce George Oates as opening keynote speaker at UKMW14. As creator of Flickr Commons, she's had a huge impact on the cultural sector. Her keynote will take a long view on the digital heritage sector.
Our closing keynote, the University of Leicester’s Dr Ross Parry, is a deeply thoughtful scholar whose reflections on the ‘post-digital museum’ will resonate with many of us. We’ve added some new lightning talks to our programme – Google’s Pierre Far will share Google’s perspective on mobile-friendly designs. From the museum world, the Collection Trust’s Nick Poole will do his best to inspire and provoke.
UKMW14 is conveniently located in central London, and you won’t believe how much we’ve packed into just one day! Hear expert speakers, connect with other digital museum professionals and come away inspired to do bigger, greater things. Digital museum professionals and the museum-curious alike will find UKMW14: Museums Beyond the Web a useful, interesting and enriching experience.
Technologies and topics covered by the conference include:
- Lightweight & low-budget mobile tours
- NESTA’s Digital Culture survey
- Smart exhibits
- Linked Open Data
- Google Glass
- Oculus Rift
Main conference sessions:
Mobile Beyond the Museum
A smart phone can be so much more than an enhanced audioguide. This session takes us out of the gallery, onto the streets and beyond even a mobile signal, with practitioners pushing mobile technology to its limits and delivering new experiences.
Connections Beyond the Organisation
The most important connections the web makes are the human ones. This session looks at how collaborative digital experiences are created between multiple organisations, how data itself can be better connected, and asks whose purpose digitisation ultimately serves
Experiences Beyond the Screen
Digital media is escaping even the flat screen of mobile phones. Wearable technology and the new generation of virtual reality offer radically immersive experiences: can these easily become part of the everyday museum experience?
Plus lightning talks, the results of the Nesta Digital Culture Survey and more. Check out the conference programme to find out more.
As always, UK Museums on the Web is a day for being inspired by the latest ideas, for learning from case studies grounded in organisations like your own, and for networking with other technologists, curators, managers, learning and marketing specialists in the museum and heritage sector. This is what some attendees said about last year’s UK Museums on the Web…
- “wonderful and inspiring” Nicole Cama, Australian National Maritime Museum
- “engaging and well-planned” Alex Moseley, University of Leicester
- “an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues who have a similar interest in how we can make the best use of new digital technologies and platforms as part of our core museums work.” Jessica Suess, Oxford ASPIRE
- “The day was good value for money, had a great location – both for being in the middle of a great museum and having good facilities, and was well planned time wise. I met some lovely people who gave me helpful suggestions of contacts to make and technologies to try, and learned so much I need more hours in the day to look over my notes and try out the projects discussed!” Linda Logan, Culture and Crafts
- “it was great to feel the buzz of conversation that you wouldn’t normally associate with a full day’s conferencing.” Mike Linstead, York Museums Trust
More information about the event can be found on the Museums Computer Group website. Please note, we cannot accept payment on the day of the conference. If you would like to attend, please ensure you register in advance - and register early, as we usually sell out a few weeks in advance. Formal registration will close at the end of the day on 6 November. Please ensure that you bring your eventbrite confirmation email with you (on a device is fine) to smooth your entry to the conference.
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Thanks to our Principal Sponsor Faversham & Moss
Thanks to our Venue Sponsor the Natural History Museum