We are looking forward to MW19 in Boston, MA!The Forum One team is excited to be participating in this year’s MuseWeb conference, April 2-6. We would love to connect with you while we’re there! [Exhibition Hall] You can find us at Booth 17! Please stop by and say hello! We’ll have lots of goodies, helpful tips, and advice and would love the opportunity to meet you and learn about your nonprofit communications activities. [Session] Bootstrapping Digital Access at the MIT Museum: Online Collections Portal Thursday, April 04, 2019: 11:00am – 12:30pm Location: Back Bay AB As part the exhibition, “Lighter, Stronger, Faster: The Herreshoff Legacy,” the MIT Museum engaged in an extremely rapid digitization effort as it developed of its new Online Collections Portal, making accessible over 20,000 objects via an API, IIIF Image Server, and a publicly accessible website. In a radical approach, the museum used the exhibition as a rallying cry to bootstrap critical pieces of its digital infrastructure with very constrained staff and resources and within a remarkably accelerated timeframe of four months. In this session, they will discuss the museum’s strategic, technical, design, and operational considerations as it engaged in this ambitious project and will provide an in-depth exploration of all aspects of the development process, identifying our learnings to share with other institutes attempting digital access projects. They will not only highlight the successful elements of the effort, but we will discuss areas of concern, with proposals for future improvement. Read more about this session. Speakers: David Nunez, MIT Museum, Cody Oliver, MIT, Joey Tackett, Forum One [Demonstration] Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: a visually-engaging content story—Creating a new digital content experience for the fourth most visited museum in the world Thursday, April 04, 2019: 7:45pm – 8:45pm Location: Constitution The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. recently re-launched their website for the first time in over ten years. The launch was met with an amazing reception by both museum researchers and academics, as well as visitors. The new site effectively and quickly gets online visitors the information they need, which is essential for the fourth most visited museum in the world that sees over 5 million in-person visits yearly and houses over 126 million artifacts. In this session, they will explore the process through the lens of the museum’s content, striving to address these objectives for participants:
- How to prioritize content to drive design
- The components that make up smart user journeys to get visitors to the content they seek as seamlessly as possible
- Tips for establishing an ongoing plan to assess success and make both design and content updates to improve the online experience of a museum website. Find out more here.