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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Collaboration and Communities

Most of the sessions I attended Tuesday shared a common theme of building communities through collaboration. The early session focused on the benefits of inter-museum collaboration, the later on internet collaboration within the museum's community.

The ECHO project is collaboration among several museums spread across the breadth of the United States and uniting native Americans of Hawaii, Alaska, and Louisiana along with cultural heritage institutions in Salem and New Bedford, Mass. Much of the project works to build and support the cultural heritage of the native Americans and is pretty impressive and moving. Both as a way to preserve and share their cultures it offers a successful model.

The other sessions featured various technology tools that fulfilled the strategies of individual museums to build communities of their users through collaborative collection participation and building. There is some impressive work going on here. The sessions only touched on the potentials. The following is a list of groups/websites I plan to explore – if you find something really interesting and useful too, please let me know.

http://www.whatscookin.com/flash/#/ – Night Kitchen Interactive – Remixing Exhibits.
http://www.collectionx.museum/– people can upload their own art, make their own exhibits, comment on and tag all the art.
Center for Open and Sustainable learning – http://folksemantic.org
http://cosl.usu.edu (potentally cool conference in the fall)
http://openid.net/ – a technology by which a user profile is portable among several sites
Museumremix.blogspot.com

1 comment:

Sea-Fever Consulting LLC said...

Kelly;

I enjoy your blog and found this post particularly interesting.

You may be interested in checking out a website I launched a few weeks ago called The Tabor Boy Project. (www.taborboy.org). Part collaborative storytelling / living history project, part social network, all experiment, I am attempting to collect individual experiences of lives that have been impacted by schooner Tabor Boy over her 50+ years of service to students at Tabor Academy.

We have collected some surprising stories that would not otherwise have been told and some faded newspaper clippings and old photos that would never have seen the light of day. They are all now part of this amazing vessel's story.

Powerful and free new media tools like blogs, wikis and social networks allow us to collaborate and create as not imagined even just a few years ago. They offer exciting opportunities for nonprofits to communicate with and engage their various stakeholders.

Please check out The Tabor Boy Project. If you know if anyone who ever sailed her, please pass along the link and encourage them to participate.

Keep up the great work here!

Fair Winds,
Peter A. Mello, chief storytelling officer
The Tabor Boy Project (www.taborboy.org)
b. sea-fever.org
e. peter.mello@sea-feverconsulting.com