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What are We Doing in this Space?

The Editors

How often have you attended conferences (excluding Museums and the Web) and then a few weeks later, after the Twitter hashtag disappears from Tweetdeck, you wished you had the URL to review a presenter’s slides, paper, or video they shared during their presentation? Would you like a conference or meeting website to aggregate that type of material in one central digital publication without making presenters post in multiple places? It is easy to publish to the web. Yet, aggregating content published on different digital platforms is still challenging.

While we are not attending MCN2012 this year, we decided to build a replicable model for generating inexpensive digital conference proceedings, without asking participants to post in multiple places.

We wrote up instructions so that you can do this yourself, check it out.

This experiment demonstrates how a museum, library, or archive can aggregate digital materials from symposia, meetings, conferences, and other public programs organized at their home institution, professional association, and/or enthusiast communities into one publication.

Moving beyond conference proceedings, this model can also allow GLAMs to engage communities around mission-centered topics that might attract individuals who may not meet in real life but who share similar concerns or passions. Evidence of this facilitated engagement by a GLAM might manifest in a new type of digital journal.

Using WordPress as the base content management system, we are pulling in feeds of tagged presentations uploaded to SlideShare and videos posted to YouTube. We are also grabbing individual blog posts. We can also add ePub and PDFs as output formats that also offer print options.

Importantly, we hope these examples contribute to ongoing discussions about how this type of outreach can be mission-driven to help GLAMs reach publics outside of the physical museum.

We are also interested in addresses issue of professional development for GLAM professionals, and ask if new types of conference-sponsored proceedings can help justify their participation in professional conferences. We know that sharing our research and presentation online increases its diffusion and that research is more likely to be read by a variety of professionals working in the GLAM field when freely and publicly available.

— Sheila A. Brennan and Joan Fragaszy Troyano


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