During the Museum Computer Network conference (MCN2011) I was part of a panel discussing 'What's the point of a museum website?' with Koven Smith, Eric Johnson, Nate Solas and Suse Cairns.
I've written a report of the session at Report from 'What's the point of a museum website' at MCN2011 and blogged some of my thinking about the point of museum websites in Brochureware, aggregators and the messy middle: what's the point of a museum website?.
I ran a three and a half hour pre-conference workshop (abstract below) at MCN2011 on Hacking and mash-ups for beginners at MCN2011 – slides below, and I'm happy to share the exercises on request.
Have you ever wanted to be able to express your ideas for digital collections more clearly, or thought that a hack day sounds like fun but need a way to get started with basic web scripting? In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to use online tools to create interesting visualisations to explore a cultural dataset and create your own simple 'mash-up'.
The workshop will be a fun, supportive environment where you will learn by playing with small snippets of code. No scripting knowledge is assumed.