The Value of Cultural Heritage Experiences in the Museum

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 9/19/2018

As museums have evolved, so have their exhibits. We’ve seen displays go from wax model recreations of Neanderthals, miniaturized versions of places, touch and play set ups to interactive digital panels, integrated multi-media, and even augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) set ups that enhance the exhibit experience.

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Topics: Museums, Strategy, Collections Management

3D Digitization in the Museum – Part 2:  LIDAR

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 9/12/2018

Last week we introduced the topic of 3D digitization in museums. The post investigated 3D digitization adoption and explored one of the two main methods: photogrammetry. This post will evaluate the second method—LIDAR scanning—and will conclude with recommendations for museums to consider when choosing a 3D digitization method.

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Topics: Museums, Technology

3D Digitization in the Museum – Part 1: Photogrammetry

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 9/5/2018

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With increased availability of affordable virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies, it may seem like 3D digitization of environments, objects, and structures is fairly new. For museums, experimenting with 3D digitization began in the early 2000s and is now becoming commonplace within a museum’s digitization lab.

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Topics: Museums, Technology

Who Owns Digital Culture? An Important Question Museums Must Consider

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 8/29/2018

The ability to digitize and publish collections online through a collections management system has helped reinvent how museums present their holdings. In the beginning, there was resistance to publishing digital images of collection objects online. This was due to a (now proven false) concern that people would no longer visit the museum if they could view collections online.

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Topics: Museums, Strategy, Collections Management

The End of Net Neutrality & The Museum Digital Visitor

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 8/22/2018

In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has officially ended net neutrality and internet service providers (ISPs) are no longer regulated in their provision of internet usage. The end of net neutrality has many profound implications, and when you consider what it might mean for museums and other cultural institutions, the repercussions can be catastrophic.

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Topics: Museums, Strategy

The Future of Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR & VR) in Museums

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 8/15/2018

It is undeniable that technology has a growing presence within the museum sphere. At first, audio-visual technology was harnessed by the museum to augment the museum’s exhibits and provide an enhanced user experience. However, with the universality of everyone owning a smartphone, the museum has seen an increasing rate of technology encroachment, and not of their own making.

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Topics: Museums, Strategy, Technology

Working Your Museum’s Problems to Find Solutions

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 8/8/2018

Museums know they need money, but they’re often so overwhelmed they can’t put ideas on paper. While it may seem counter-intuitive to focus on your problems, this is exactly what I recommend to museums.

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Topics: Museums, Strategy, Funding

Museum Grant Application: What Happens if You Fail?

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 8/1/2018

Failing to win a grant your museum applied for can feel very personal. It’s natural to have feelings of sadness and frustration, and wonder what went wrong. This is a post to help you move past the rejection letter and use failure to strengthen future applications.

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Topics: Museums, Funding

Museum Project Break Down—A Template

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 7/25/2018

Whether you’re undertaking a grant-funded project or a project being done in-house, project management principles should be applied. Most museums and other historical organizations don’t have a project manager on staff, and the idea of project management can seem overwhelming.

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Topics: Museums, Strategy, Project Management

Museums with Zero Funding—Stop Saying These 4 Phrases

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 7/18/2018

With few exceptions museums rely on grant funding to supplement their annual budget. While it’s recommended a museum cultivate a stream of income that supports its yearly activities, most museums can only afford to keep the lights on and maintain a spartan staff.

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Topics: Museums, Strategy, Funding

Argus Turns a Museum’s Challenge into a Success; Carpe Diem

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Posted by Lucidea on 7/11/2018

Image: University of Missouri’s Museum of Art and Archaeology

The University of Missouri’s Museum of Art and Archaeology exists to “advance…understanding of artistic and cultural heritage through research, collection and interpretation. [They] further their mission by preserving, enhancing and providing access to the collections for the benefit of present and future generations.” A museum staff of 12 (including part-time and student help) manage a collection of almost 16,000 objects, with a particularly strong antiquities collection.

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Topics: Museums, Collections Management

5 Times LAMs Should Bring in a Consultant

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Posted by Rachael Cristine Woody on 6/27/2018

Working with collections in a library, archives, or museum (LAM) setting requires knowledgeable professionals. Through a combination of specialized education and experience gained in the field, professionals amass knowledge and skills developed for a very niche area. Most positions found within a LAM will require a high level of education and experience, but not every professional position needed can be funded.

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Topics: Museums, Archives, Collections Management

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