April 16, 2007

Museums and Web 2.0

The term “Web 2.0” is thrown around a lot these days but it is difficult to pin down a single definition. There are some good attempts to describe it here and here (including thoughts from Tim O’Reilly, one of the term’s inventors). For our purposes I would boil it down to a shift, both in technology and use patterns, from thinking of the Web as a collection of pages passively accessed by users to thinking about it more in terms of building connections between active participants.

Some museums have begun experimenting with the tools of Web 2.0 – blogs, social tagging, social networks, and various forms of user-contributed content – and many others are contemplating doing so. On this page we have begun accumulating a list of interesting museum Web sites and other projects built around the concept of user participation. If you have favorite examples, or know of exciting new projects in the works, share with the group! We’ll add to our link list.

4 comments:

Nina Simon said...

Hey--

This is a great idea to kick off your session. I wanted to let you know about my blog, Museum 2.0, which focuses exactly on these topics.

Be well,
Nina

lamusediffuse said...

Wonderful initiative, thanks!
e-artcasting focuses on these topics, posting in English and in Spanish.

Pilar Gonzalo

tiboutoo said...

because user-generated content is so hot right now, people are tripping over themselves to transform everything on the web into a social network. it's important to recognize that the site must be useful and meaningful over time (not just once). that's why sites like flickr and myspace are so successful. they are a personal storage space, a sounding board, an invitation for new friends and a portal into a larger network of (hopefully, cool) people.

Social Objects said...

Hi, thanks for the initiative! I'd like to add a link to our Social Objets project that explores new forms of internet-mediated communication around design objects.

Best, Ulla-Maaria