Museums Beyond the Web CFP now open

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The Museums Computer Group will be holding their annual UKMW conference at the Natural History Museum on Friday November 7 2014. This year’s  theme is ‘Museums Beyond the Web’, and the conference welcomes perspectives from related disciplines, including public history and the digital humanities.

What does ‘the web’ mean to those working with digital and museums today? Increasingly, museum visitors’ online experiences are moving away from the humble browser (though perhaps email will always be with us). From simple mobile apps and games to the internet of things and  wearable technology, new forms are displacing the World Wide Web as our primary experience of being connected to the internet.

While new technologies offer ever-more different ways of being digital, digital disciplines are advancing rapidly. Is ‘experience’ the new core of digital for visitors? Is ‘service design’ a better way of looking at what we do than ‘web design’ or even ‘user experience’? And in our organisations, are all departments ‘digital departments’ now?

At the same time, many of the advances in museums technology in recent years, like Linked Open Data, are crucially dependent on an open and interoperable World Wide Web. Museums across the globe recently raised their voices to protest against threats to net neutrality: we know that the value of cultural heritage online can only thrive on an equal and open internet. What web freedoms do we need to preserve to benefit museums and our audiences?

UKMW14: Museums Beyond the Web will tackle these issues and more. Digital museum professionals and the museum-curious alike will find this day conference a useful, interesting and enriching experience.

Readers can sign up for occasional event notices from the  low-traffic MCG Events list to be notified when tickets go on sale. http://eepurl.com/r3Y6H

The Call for Papers for UKMW14 is now open at http://bit.ly/UKMW14CfP

The UKMW14 call for proposals closes at midnight (London time) on June 30.
Proposals will be reviewed over July and we aim to let people know the results on August 1st.

Like the web, the shape of our theme may experience rapid change, as we’re hoping for a range of creative responses from within and without the cultural heritage sector. If you have any questions or can’t view the proposal form at http://bit.ly/UKMW14CfP then please email contact@museumscomputergroup.org.uk.

If you have suggestions for keynote speakers, or would like to help out on the Programme Committee, please contact the Programme Committee Co-Chairs, Mia Ridge and Danny Birchall.

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