'Museum in a day – building a museum website in 12 hours'
Eduserv, United Kingdom
Box UK and Eduserve, United Kingdom
Speaker: Mike Ellis and Dan Zambonini
Museums have traditionally negotiated in an arena in which perfection is sought, large-scale collaboration is the holy grail and big budgets and long timescales are part of the landscape. Nowadays, it is becoming clear that Web2.0 tools are providing an opportunity to develop socially-focused collaborative systems extremely rapidly and with little or no financial cost.
During October and November 2009, Mike Ellis (Eduserv) and Dan Zambonini (Box UK) are aiming to build a complete museum website in 12 hours from beginning to end, under the title "Museum In A Day". During that time we'll be documenting everything that we do publically via , noting down all the time and money that we spend in developing a museum website using tools that are readily available online. This workshop will give an overview of our project (we don't know yet if we'll succeed or fail! and compare what we learnt with more traditional approaches. We'll ask which tools and techniques are the right ones for gaining true audience engagement and "bang for buck" in cultural heritage institutions. We'll also try to tease out the opportunities whilst also highlighting some of the questions and risks associated with some of these new approaches. This will be a practical workshop with audience interaction and live demonstrations
Mike Ellis is a Solutions Architect at a Bath-based company called Eduserv; a non profit IT services group. Before working for Eduserv, Mike Ellis was Head of Web for the National Museum of Science and Industry, UK, which comprises the Science Museum in London, Media Museum in Bradford and Railway Museum in York.
His interests are in the social web, UX, ubiquitous computing and innovation, and how to lever these for maximum benefit, particularly in cultural institutions. He has written a number of papers and presented at various conferences.
Besides that Mike does a lot of writing about the web and what it means to people and institutions over on his Electronic Museum blog, he has recently written a unit for the new Digital Heritage course at Leicester University, and has just been commissioned to write a book all about the web and cultural institutions: Managing and growing a cultural heritage web presence.Dan Zambonini is Technical Director of Box UK, an award-winning web software agency and consultancy he co-founded in 1999, with clients including The National Gallery, The BBC, The Royal Navy and Tombraider.
Dan conceived Box UK's Amaxus Web CMS, together with the first Heat Map analytics application, used by international brands and government bodies worldwide.
Dan organized his local technology scene, and brought the Ignite event format to the UK; holding the first event in the country, and giving the first talk. He is now jointly responsible for bringing the first Ignite event to London, where he now lives.
He has presented at numerous conferences, consulted on international technology standards, and written for popular magazines. He obsessively compulsively creates side-projects, the latest of which include http://zombievirusfund.com and http://thejanuarist.com - you can also find his personal blog at http://danzambonini.com