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MuseTechCentral launches

The museum technical community got some good news today: MuseTechCentral officially launched. Billing itself as the MCN Project Registry, the site seeks to “provide a place for the MCN community to share information about technology-related museum projects”. After some quick browsing (encouragingly, there are already a good number of entries, including several cell phone tour […]

screenshot-mcn-project-registry-museum-computer-network-musetech-central-mozilla-firefox-1.pngThe museum technical community got some good news today: MuseTechCentral officially launched. Billing itself as the MCN Project Registry, the site seeks to “provide a place for the MCN community to share information about technology-related museum projects”.

After some quick browsing (encouragingly, there are already a good number of entries, including several cell phone tour projects I was interested in) it was easy to see the potential of the site:

  • When starting a new project, it’s smart to see if this problem has been solved before. If so, how? And for how much? Is it worth the investment? Or is there a vendor to avoid? Now you can find out.
  • Vice versa, upon completing a project, you may find yourself being hit up constantly for information requests. Now you can now simply refer people to your project page on MuseTechCentral.

While I was there I created an account and added our Art on Call project to the registry. The site is full of ajaxy goodness that makes form entry and navigation a breeze, although I do wish you could bookmark filtered results.

So far the projects seems to be fairly art-museum-centric, but hopefully that will change as more institutions start to contribute. The registry will be most useful if it truly represents the museum community, so if you’ve got a project to add… go add it!

Overall, this is a great effort by the Museum Computer Network and the Museum Software Foundation. Looking forward to future browsing and adding many more projects!

[via Musematic]

  • Neat. Reminds me of ajaxrain, except for museum stuff. I’m going to have to stick a few projects in there.

  • Susan Chun says:

    Hi Nate, thanks for encouraging people to add records to the Registry, and for adding one yourself. We’ll add your request to be able to bookmark project pages to the development wish list–comments about desirable future functionality, as well as bug reports, can be sent to feedback@musetechcentral.org. I also wanted to point out to everyone that the Registry was developed as an all-volunteer effort. This means that future enhancements will be most easily accommodated if members of the community join the volunteer effort to develop this tool for the benefit of all. Get in touch if you’re able to help to program future functionality for the registry! Best, Susan

  • Rob Lancefield says:

    Yes, thanks for the kind and thoughtful comments, and for contributing a record! Great to see the news–and even more than that, actual participation–spreading so fast. We do hope to see a growing number of records contributed from people in *all* kinds of museums; the registry’s current degree of art-museum-centricity just arose by coincidence due to the natures of the institutions where most pre-launch contributors happen to work. –best, Rob (MCN)

  • James Im says:

    What a fantastic resource! I registered right away. Hope to have projects to contribute soon.

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