I thought I would follow up Ed’s MW2009 preview with an after the fact look at the online remnants of the conference.
Brooklyn Museum flat out swept the Best of the Web awards and their main website won the overall award. A huge congratulations from all of us at the IMA for a well-deserved recognition. (Be sure to watch their virtual thank you.) As if that weren’t enough, I totally missed the news that Brooklyn released an API for their collection. Even better, someone has already created an iPhone app for them using it. Open developer access to the IMA’s collection just got a huge bump in priority for me.
We had a great meetup with some of the tech staff of NYPL. Their group is of a scale and quality that we are quite envious of. We are greatly looking forward to future collaborations with them. (They’re an ArtBabble partner.)
In the presentation realm the IMA had a cloud computing talk, an evaluation of online video for museums, a solicitation for feedback for the Steve in Action IMLS grant, and an ArtBabble demo. Other favorites from outside the IMA include alternate reality games, a galaxy of pop stars, and a massive update coming soon to ArtsConnectEd.
Our own Melvin & Bren Simon Director and CEO gave the opening keynote which you can watch in full on ArtBabble or at the bottom of this post. It even inspired a great series on transparency for the Museums and the Web conference itself.