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  • Digital signage with WordPress and a Raspberry Pi

    We’re in the middle of building a little project at the moment for our lovely clients, The American Museum. It’s a bit out of the ordinary for us and takes us into unknown territory – but we like a challenge.. We’ve already been developing some prototype builds with Raspberry Pi’s – among them a really nice project […]

  • Half it in size. Then half it again.

    I’m sitting looking at my inbox. It’s a bit full – I’ve been away for a week. I’ve done a bunch of culling but in there are three newsletters catching my eye, all from museums or museum related people. Out of interest, I just pasted each one into http://wordcounttools.com. They average 1,400 words each. Here’s my mental […]

  • What do you need help with?

    Yesterday, we revamped and updated our resources section – these are free worksheets, guides and templates which are supposed to help organisations get a better handle on digital engagement. As I mentioned in that post, we’ve had 5,000 downloads of these resources, and we also get a lot of positive feedback about these at the workshops and […]

  • New, improved resources..

    I’ve just updated our resources section – lots more stuff on there now, including our just-updated Writing for the web guide. Looking back over the stats for these (we use a URL shortener and can see who clicks on what) it appears that these have been downloaded about 5,000 times overall, which is pretty exciting. And: in case […]

  • Getting your collections online

    I was recently asked to present a session at the SW Digital Champions Forum on how to get your collections online. I wanted to do something which was practical but which also asked those bigger picture questions. I divided the talk into three sections: 1. Online Collections – strategy Too often the answer to the why are we […]

  • Keeping track of content in WordPress

    Recently, we launched Waterloo 200 (see http://www.nam.ac.uk/waterloo200/ for the live site) and as part of the project the team needed to gather together rich museum object data and other content from a range of sources. The site is a reasonably complex WordPress build, with a number of custom post types to support the rich content on the site. For […]

  • Just because your museum objects are online doesn’t make them interesting

    I was asked by Claire Ross and Jane Audas to talk about objects online at a conference day (Show Us Your Assets) held at Mima last week. There’s a tendency for museums to “just get our collections database online” without actually thinking about why they’re doing it, how to do it better and who they’re doing it for. I decided […]

  • Introducing Culture Object

    I’ve just knocked up an extremely rough video capture introducing our latest thing – Culture Object. TLDW: it’s a WordPress plugin which pulls in museum object records from various sources, including AdLib and Culture Grid. Why might you want it?  1) It bridges the gap between the “really easy but almost always horrible” plug and play […]

  • How best to cut down on the distraction of email?

    I’m pondering making a change to the way I work by cutting down on the time I’m being distracted by email. My natural tendancy is probably the same as most people which is to have email open all the time and then find I’m periodically checking it, responding to stuff and otherwise being distracted by things […]

  • Five (slightly provocative) thoughts

    1) Users and user testing is everything – but thinking about why is as important as thinking about who. > Know what success is and how you’re going to measure it. “Visits” isn’t enough. Engagement, newsletter signups, downloads, time on site, registrations – think about what makes a difference for you and your organisation, and […]

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Latest blog posts

  • Digital signage with WordPress and a Raspberry Pi

    We’re in the middle of building a little project at the moment for our lovely clients, The American Museum. It’s a bit out of the ordinary for us and takes us into unknown territory – but we like a challenge.. We’ve already been developing some prototype builds with Raspberry Pi’s – among them a really nice project […]

    [October 18, 2016]

  • Half it in size. Then half it again.

    I’m sitting looking at my inbox. It’s a bit full – I’ve been away for a week. I’ve done a bunch of culling but in there are three newsletters catching my eye, all from museums or museum related people. Out of interest, I just pasted each one into http://wordcounttools.com. They average 1,400 words each. Here’s my mental […]

    [October 16, 2015]

  • What do you need help with?

    Yesterday, we revamped and updated our resources section – these are free worksheets, guides and templates which are supposed to help organisations get a better handle on digital engagement. As I mentioned in that post, we’ve had 5,000 downloads of these resources, and we also get a lot of positive feedback about these at the workshops and […]

    [September 10, 2015]

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