CHNM is developing and testing innovative ideas all the time. In some cases, these are “side projects” that grow out of the staff’s interests. In other cases, they are the results of grant funded research. CHNM Labs provides a showcase for this important research and development work.
Teaching + Learning
Playing History: a site to aggregate information on free historical games, interactives and simulations on the web in a simple, searchable database that makes them easy to find, rate, and review. (By Trevor Owens and Jim Safley)
Research + Tools
Archiving Social Media: a one-day, unconference-style workshop on the challenges and opportunities involved in the archiving of social media in all its forms. In the last year or two it has become increasingly clear that the ephemera of digital conversations, especially those on Twitter, Facebook, and other forms of social media are of incredible potential importance to scholars. How will future historians/political scientists/geographers/humanists write the history of significant events (or of daily life) without some system to preserve these digital materials and the conversations and content they represent?
Collecting + Exhibiting
Mobile for Museums: an exploration of the current use and future possibilities for the use of mobile technologies in museums. (Funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation)
Digital-JumpStart: a series of un-conference-like sessions within traditional professional meetings and conferences that provide a forum for participants with a wide range of experience with web and new media projects to work through the issues of starting and completing real-world technology projects and “Web 2.0″ initiatives.
Summit on Digital Tools for Museum Educators: a meeting to bring together museum educators from the nation’s most prominent art museums to discuss the work that they are doing in their museums, and to introduce them to new digital tools that might enhance their work. The meeting will result in a set of strategic and technical recommendations about how to advance online museum education. (Funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation)