CART Sessions

Sessions marked CART in the program will be transcribed during the conference. The captions will be displayed live to a screen in the presentation room, and will also be used to caption videos of the sessions. The full text transcriptions will be make freely available online along with the MW2014 papers after the event.

This is MW’s first event with CART transcription, and has been made possible in part by the kind support of the Johns Hopkins University Museum Studies and Digital Curation programs.

MW aims to expand its CART transcription services at future events, and welcomes the support of sponsors who are similarly committed to providing greater access to and wider dissemination for the important museum work presented at MW meetings.

Thursday, April 03, 2014
9:00am - 10:00am
Maryland Ballroom
Opening Keynote - Eric Brockmeyer • Disney Research


Eric Brockmeyer is a designer specializing in digital fabrication, tangible interaction, parametric design, and making things.

Currently, Eric works as a Lab Associate at Disney Research Pittsburgh where he helps develop various interactive projects. He teaches Digital Media in the School of Architecture at CMU. He also runs his own design company, 7Bit Design, where he does select client work and explores personal projects.

He studied Physics and Art at Colby College before working for an Orthopedic device manufacturer in Indiana. After which he attended Ball State University’s Master of Architecture program where he worked as a fellow at the Institute for Digital Fabrication. As a Masters of Tangible Interaction Design Student at Carnegie Mellon University he focused on interactive fabrication, interactive projections, and organic materials integrated with lighting and touch sensing technologies.


Chair: Rich Cherry

10:30am - 12:00pm
Baltimore A
Is it working? Analytics and evaluation for digital tools and projects

Reports from evaluations and in-depth studies of major projects and digital platforms from leaders in the field.

Chair: Jane Finnis

Gallery One, the First Year: Sustainability, Evaluation Process, and a New Smart Phone App
- Jane Alexander, The Cleveland Museum of Art, USA

Seeing the Forest and the Trees: How Engagement Analytics can Help Museums Connect to Audiences at Scale
- Robert Stein, American Alliance of Musuems, USA

Listening to Visitors: Research Findings on Mobile Content
- Alyson Webb, Frankly, Green + Webb ltd, UK, Laura Mann, Frankly, Green + Webb USA, USA

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Baltimore Ballroom A
Connecting the Clouds: Strategies and tools for managing museum data

As museum datasets grow, we need more sophisticated approaches to their management and workflows that keep the content circulating among projects and partners. This session offers systems and solutions for keeping museum data connected in the Cloud.

Chair: Rob Lancefield

Art in the Clouds: Creating a Cloud-based Archival Repository for Museum Assets
- Jane Alexander, The Cleveland Museum of Art, USA, Niki Krause, Cleveland Museum of Art, USA

Solving the Silo Problem with XML Document Databases
- Ryan Donahue, Baltimore Museum of Art, USA

Karma: A System for Easily Publishing Museum Data to the Linked Data Cloud
- Pedro Szekely, University of Southern California, USA, Craig Knoblock, University of Southern California, USA, Jing Wan, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, China

3:30pm - 5:30pm
Maryland Ballroom
MWX: Museum Professional Development Forum (Part 1)

The Baltimore Principles: Towards a common vision for digital heritage education and professional development


When it comes to technology we are all perpetual students. Particularly in the context of a continuously evolving technology environment, this forum will ask us collectively to reflect on how effectively our cultural and educational institutions are preparing the next generation of museum practitioners to meet the grand challenges of the digital age.

This composite and highly participatory forum will provide an opportunity to shape a collective agenda with the larger purpose of advancing teaching and learning, professional development and scholarship across the emerging fields of museum technology and digital cultural heritage. Invited speakers will kick off the conversation with identified sub-themes. In response, participants are invited to break out into “unconference-style” working groups to follow up on specific points of interest. Reports from these groups will then be reviewed in a dedicated Professional Forum on Friday.

By taking these first steps to engage with the entire MW community as part of an open and shared effort to curate a set of working principles (to be known as “The Baltimore Principles”), we seek to declare a common vision of where digital and museum technology education and professional training can – and should – be heading in order to shape the future of museums and cultural heritage institutions across the Library, Archives, and Museum (LAM) sector.

Chair: Vince Dziekan

Debating the curriculum: What should a programme in museum informatics and digital heritage look like today?
- Ross Parry, University of Leicester, UK

#musetech: Informal and lifelong learning
- Dana Allen-Greil, Monterey Bay Aquarium, USA

Preparing for Careers in Digital Curation: Results from New Educational Programs and Partnerships in the LAM Sector
- Peter Botticelli, Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, USA, Michele Cloonan, Simmons College, USA, Phyllis Hecht, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Museum studies in the digital era: challenges and opportunities
- Costis Dallas, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, Canada, Phyllis Hecht, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Women, Technology and Leadership
- Emily Lytle-Painter, Independent, USA

Friday, April 04, 2014
9:00am - 10:00am
Maryland Ballroom
MWX Professional Development Forum (Part 2)

The Baltimore Principles: Towards a common vision for digital heritage education and professional development (Part 2)

This interactive session will provide the opportunity for sub-groups from Thursday’s MWX Professional Forum to reconvene. Each group will present summary reports of observations collected from the previous day’s break-out discussions that will be compiled as a formative list of “Baltimore Principles”. Next steps towards developing a collective agenda to enhance teaching, training, learning and research across the field will be discussed.

Chair: Vince Dziekan

10:00am - 12:00pm
Maryland Ballroom
Mobile Bake-off

So many mobile app providers, so many different ways to create your museum’s mobile tour – which one to choose?

In the MW2014 “Mobile Bake-off,” museum professionals get a chance to experience and evaluate a number of mobile apps, all created with the same body of Baltimore tour content in the same amount of time, but by a different app authoring platform and provider with a unique creative vision and technical solution. In this special “Mobile Tasting” session, each demo app and the Content Management System and Platform that produced it will be presented by its creators, and discussed by a panel of mobile experts with questions and contributions from the audience.

This Mobile Showcase museum professionals get an opportunity to understand the strengths and affordances of a range of mobile tour authoring platforms available to them, and mobile providers get to hear directly from museums what kinds of experiences and content they want to offer their mobile users.

Click on each mobile provider below to get links to their demo app(s) for the Bake-off!

Chair: Sandy Goldberg

TAP into Baltimore
- Matt Gipson, Indianapolis Museum of Art, USA

Curator CMS's mobile tour app from plein air interactive
- Rob Landry, Plein Air Interactive, USA

Guidekick: The Future of Mobile Interpretation
- Garrett Lauringson, Guidekick, Inc., USA a new way of creating mobile audio guides
- Alex Palin, izi.TRAVEL, The Netherlands

A revolutionary mobile gaming platform for museums
- Alexis Lacapelle, Interactive 4D, France, Alexis Lacapelle, Interactive 4D, France

MCES++ - Museum Content Entering System
- Alan Wecker, Haifa University, Israel, Tsvi Kuflik, The University of Haifa, Israel

GuideOne Bake-Off
- Juan Sanabria, GuideOne, USA, Mateo Zlatar, GuideOne Mobile, USA

smArtapps mobile Bake-off app
- Frederic Durand, smArtapps, France

1:30pm - 2:30pm
Baltimore A
How-to Session 4

Connecting Learners and Museums through Educational Metadata Initiatives
- Darren Milligan, University of Leicester, USA, Melissa Wadman, Smithsonian Institution, USA, James Collins, Oakland University, USA

2:30pm - 3:30pm
How-to Session 7
Chair: Dana Mitroff Silvers

From Post-its to Processes: Using Prototypes to Find Solutions
- Dana Mitroff Silvers, Designing Insights, USA, Emily Lytle-Painter, Independent, USA, Ahree Lee, Consultant, USA, Jack Ludden, , USA, Ben Hamley, Queensland Museum, Australia, Yen Trinh, Queensland Museum, Australia

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Baltimore Ballroom A
How-to Session 6

Vital Visual Interpretation: the Promise of Short Videos Apps for Museums
- Seema Rao, Cleveland Museum of Art, Patty Edmonson, Cleveland Museum of Art, USA, Chad Weinard, Independent Consultant, USA, Alli Burness, Independent, Australia

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Maryland Ballroom
Best of the Web Award

Best of the Web is an annual contest to recognize the best museum work on the web. Sites are nominated by museum professionals from around the world and reviewed by a committee of peers.  

Saturday, April 05, 2014
9:00am - 10:30am
Maryland Ballroom
Lightning Talks 2: 'Strategery'

7-minute presentations of problems, ideas and solutions in quick succession, followed by moderated discussion, questions and answers between the audience and presenters.

Chair: Douglas Hegley

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Org Chart! Digital Strategy at the Albright-Knox
- Pamela Hatley, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, USA, Pamela Martin, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, USA

Reconsidering the "Museum" in the Digital Age
- Amber Geurts, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Lightning Talk - So Glad Our Museum Isn’t Real - An Overlooked Overlap
- Tom Trimbath, History of Computing in Learning & Education, USA

The New Online Museum Manifesto: Defining the Differences Between Museums on the Web and the Online Museum
- Javier Pereda, University of Southampton, UK

Yearning to Fly: The Roots of our Ambitions and the Future of Museum Technology
- Paul Marty, Florida State University, USA

10:30am - 12:00pm
Maryland Ballroom
Lightning Talks 3: How we work - or not!

7-minute presentations of problems, ideas and solutions in quick succession, followed by moderated discussion, questions and answers between the audience and presenters.

Chair: Maren Dougherty

Do Museums Worldwide form a true Community on Twitter?
- Alex Espinós, La Magnética, Spain

Introducing social digital - 7 challenges in 7 minutes
- Kajsa Hartig, Västernorrlands museum, Sweden

Crowdfunding: A passing wad or truly a pair'o dimes shift
- Leonard Steinbach, Consultant/Johns Hopkins University, USA

Museums, Marketing, Meteors & Me
- Alex Parker, Consultant, Australia

What About Events
- Susan Chun, Susan Chun, Publishing, Consulting, and Research, USA

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Baltimore A
The Pervasive Museum

As museums expand digitally, they become increasingly pervasive presences in the cultural landscape and beyond. These papers discuss the strategy and tactics museums have adopted as the lines between the digital and “traditional” museum are increasingly blurred in contemporary practice.

Chair: Carolyn Royston

Moving Ground Zero: Implementing Digital Strategy at the Cleveland Museum of Art
- Jane Alexander, The Cleveland Museum of Art, USA, Niki Krause, Cleveland Museum of Art, USA

Building a New Wing: The Digital Engagement Project
- Sarah Smith, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, USA, Emily Santillo, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, USA, Tim Songer, Interactive Knowledge, Inc., USA, Allison Wolf, Interactive Knowledge, USA

Digital Extension of the Museum of History of Marseilles - Towards a Global Museum, built both in the real and in the digital world
- Alain Dupuy, InnoVision, France

3:30pm - 5:00pm
Maryland Ballroom
Closing Plenary - MoCAtv: A YouTube "Original Channel" and what happened next

In 2011 then Museum Director Jeffrey Deitch was touring a show with legendary Hollywood talent agent Ari Emanuel. The line for the show stretched all the way around the block. Ari knew that YouTube were about to begin taking submissions for the award of the first round of official YouTube channels, what came to be known as the Original Channels. They decided MOCA should submit a proposal.

YouTube intended to seed a new economy made up of professional YouTube channels funded by the commercial world. A contemporary art museum became part of this adventure. Here is what happened next.

Panelists Ted Forbes (Dallas Museum of Art), Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli (Balboa Park Online Collaborative), Jane Burton (Tate) and Dixie Clough (Smithsonian Institution) will respond to the Closing Plenary presentation and discuss the role of video and YouTube in museums’ digital strategies.

Chair: Rich Cherry

MOCAtv: A YouTube "Original Channel"
- John Toba, MOCA, USA, Bret Nicely, MOCA The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, USA, EMMA REEVES, MOCA Los Angeles, USA