A Conversation with Rosanna Flouty

April 18, 2019 / 0 comments

Rosanna Flouty (image from NYU faculty page) I had the privilege of speaking with Rosanna Flouty, museum studies professor at NYU and museum professional, at her office in Greenwich Village. Rosanna’s work has brought her to museums like the Guggenheim, the ICA Boston, the Whitney, and the Broad. Oftentimes, she has positioned herself at the forefront…

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Digital Partnerships: Reflections on a Conversation w.

April 15, 2019 / 0 comments

Digital Partnerships: Reflections on a Conversation w. Cuseum (Image c/o Boston Business Journal) Last Wednesday Pratt Emerging Museum Professionals (also known as PEMP, a student affiliate group of the National Emerging Museum Professional Network) hosted a talk with Dan Sullivan, Head of Growth Partnership for Cuseum. Cuseum is a company that partners with museums and cultural institutions…

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Online to Offline: Artificial Intelligence helps to design a personalized museum in digital era

April 14, 2019 / 0 comments

Online to Offline: Artificial Intelligence helps to design a personalized museum in the digital era How do you visit the museum? As an explorer or experience seeker, you probably would love to adventure museum like Tracy Chevalier, the author of Girl with a Pearl Earning, who always does her secret curation in a museum or gallery…

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Adding Accessibility to the Digital Strategic Plan?

April 13, 2019 / 0 comments

Throughout the course Museum Digital Strategy, we have discussed whether museums need a digital strategic plan across their whole institution, or if the museum can entrust that responsibility to individual departments who can craft their own digital plans as they see fit. Accessibility within the museum space can be looked at in a similar fashion,…

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Sorry We’re Closed: Integrating Digital with the Museum Strategy

April 1, 2019 / 0 comments

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash Construction. Often associated with traffic jams, loud noises, and general inconvenience, it can sometimes be forgotten that, in the end, the result can be much needed growth and ingenuity. As buildings age from the wear and tear of everyday occupation it becomes necessary to make updates and improvements from time…

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Digital Engagement at the Brooklyn Museum

January 26, 2019 / 0 comments

Interview with Sara Devine, Director of Visitor Experience & Engagement at the Brooklyn Museum and adjunct professor for the Pratt Museums & Digital Culture M.S. program. The Brooklyn Museum The Brooklyn Museum is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States, with a collection of over 1.5 million objects representing a wide spectrum…

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Interview with Senior Manager of Digital Media, Morgan Library & Museum

December 6, 2018 / 0 comments

What began as the private collection of John Pierpont Morgan has now grown into a museum and research library located in the center of Manhattan. From 1890, Morgan started collecting illuminated, literary and historical manuscripts, early printed books and old master drawings and prints. While the collection is still primarily focused on works on paper,…

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The Missing Component from Museum Digital Strategy

December 3, 2018 / 0 comments

Why museum digital strategy should include job sourcing… Interactive kiosk at New York Historical Society Over the past few years, museums have been discussing how to best incorporate digital tools and adapt to the rapidly changing, technology-centered world. There have been significant examples of both specific digital strategy documents and generic strategy with digital incorporated…

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Old Masters Online — Web Development at The Frick

December 1, 2018 / 0 comments

Old Masters Online — Web Development at The Frick Interview with Valery Chen, Front-End Web Developer at The Frick Collection Introduction Housed in the historic Fifth Avenue residence of industrialist Henry Clay Frick, The Frick Collection showcases work by European artists, especially Old Master paintings. The associated Frick Art Reference Library serves as one of the premier institutions…

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Digital Systems at the American Museum of Natural History

November 26, 2018 / 0 comments

For this interview, I interviewed Jen Cwiok, the Digital Systems Librarian at the American Museum of Natural History and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute, where she teaches Museum Information Management: Collection Cataloging & Digital Technology with Iris Lee. Q. What is your job title? Jen Cwiok: Digital Systems Librarian. Q. What does that entail? JC: I…

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Review of Different Museum Digital Strategies

November 19, 2018 / 0 comments

The future of the museum may be rooted in the buildings they occupy but it will address audiences across the world — a place where people across the world will have a conversation. Those institutions which take up this notion fastest and furthest will be the ones which have the authority in the future — Sir Nicholas Serota I…

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Visitor Motivation Survey and Audience Segmentation for the Whitney Museum of Art Website

November 13, 2018 / 0 comments

This post is a summary of the pilot research project at Pratt Institute undertaken by Sydney Stewart and Samantha Nullman. This research was conducted as part of the INFO 685 course: Digital Analytics: Web, Mobile and Social Media in collaboration with the Digital Media department at the Whitney Museum. Introduction In recent years, the Whitney Museum…

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Is a Digital Strategy necessary in Small museums?

November 11, 2018 / 0 comments

Is a Digital Strategy necessary in small museums? What works in a medium to large size museums will not always work for a small museums. It is something that museum professionals should be able to agree on, even though they might disagree on what those things are and why those things will not work for smaller…

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Beyond Digitization: Planning for Open Access Collections

November 6, 2018 / 0 comments

The case for making open access an objective in museum digital strategy As museums begin to move towards a systemic integration of digital tools and services across departments, ideas and strategies which were once considered revolutionary are becoming standardized as best practices and expanded beyond their original mandate. Collection digitization was once considered to refer primarily…

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The Whitney Museum of American Art Audio Guide User Test

August 18, 2018 / 0 comments

The artwork at the Whitney (left) and the Usability Testing team (from left to right: Armando Garcia, Isabella Deocariza, Andrea Rodrigues do Amaral, Wanyi Wang) Introduction Our goal is an omni-channel approach that is user-centric, and impactful, while remaining faithful to our founding mission of letting artists lead the way.—Sofie Andersen, Director of Digital at the…

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The Frick Collection: Usability Research on In-Gallery Devices

August 16, 2018 / 0 comments

By Alanood Al-Thani, Katie Curran and Shannon Mish Garden Court at The Frick Collection The Frick Collection is a staple of New York’s Fifth Avenue museums, it was founded in 1919 and holds a rich collection of old master paintings, and European decorative arts. Unlike some of the white-cube museums around the City, The Frick Collection…

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What drives users to delve deeper into The Met’s vast online collection?

July 20, 2018 / 0 comments

Reported by students at the Pratt School of Information. Chinos Maduagwu, Jamie Raymond, Jill Hackett, Xiaxin Chen. This project was done as part of the course: Usability: Theory and Practice. Located in Central Park, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City houses art from around the world spanning over 5,000 years. The museum…

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A Deep Dive into The Met’s Collection Information Digital Work System

July 20, 2018 / 0 comments

Interview with Jennie Choi, Manager of Collection Information at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Public Domain Artworks from the online collection of The Met The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as the largest art museum in the United States, has 100 curators and 1.5 million artworks in their permanent collection. The Digital department, founded in 2008, has three…

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Is a Digital Strategy the answer to all your digital problems?

July 20, 2018 / 0 comments

The first day of our Digital Strategy class, we were asked by the professor, if museums should have a digital strategy. It’s a tricky question that left half the class saying yes and half saying no. And in reality and like everything in the museum sector, what works for one museum may not be the…

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Digital Evolution at the Frick Art Reference Library

July 20, 2018 / 0 comments

For this interview I spoke with Luciano Johnson, who works within the Digital Lab at the Frick Art Reference Library. The institution boasts a comprehensive in-house digitization program which has continued to grow and adapt to new technology. Digital Imaging Lab Q. What is your official job title? I am a Digital Preservation Librarian. Q. How many…

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