Thursday, March 15, 2012

Event: Museums and Mobile IV Online Conference

While this conference isn't specifically about digitization, using digital assets with mobile devices - and all of the variety of ways that we need to do it - is something we need to be considering. The web conference may spark some ideas or just help you lay the groundwork.

The Museums and Mobile IV Online Conference – the global online professional networking and learning event for museum professionals will take place on May 9, 2012, and is now open for registration. The conference producers - LearningTimes and Pocket-Proof -  also announced the 2012 Museums & Mobile Survey results are available for review and discussion. Now in its third year, the Survey is a collaborative inquiry into the international museum community’s evolving perspectives, use and ambitions for mobile technology tools.
The Museums & Mobile IV Online Conference program includes an outstanding lineup of engaging and interactive case studies looking at design and delivery of various mobile tools and experiences. Sessions include how mobile tools help reach younger audiences, what tablets offer different museum audiences, and how to guide the planning and development of an institution’s mobile web site. Participants will interact with a stellar international lineup of museum professionals from a range of cultural institutions including:

The National Gallery (UK)
National Gallery of Canada
Smithsonian Institution
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
National Maritime Museum (UK)

The exciting program also includes two pre-conference workshops - a mobile design master class and a deep look at the hot open source project: TAP.
"We are eager to support the international museum community with sessions that showcase best practices on the use of handheld guides / mobile interpretation,” states Executive Producer Jonathan Finkelstein, “ We designed the Museum & Mobile IV Online Conference so that attendees can build stronger professional connections and walk away with direct practical knowledge they can put to use immediately at their cultural institution.”
The 2012 Museums & Mobile Survey captures the community’s collective experiences and understandings of the trends in this fast-evolving field. This year the survey looked closely at how museums are handling the cost and delivery of various hardware/software solutions to their patrons, and what mobile solutions best support institution size.
"The Museums & Mobile survey continues to be an important tool for museums to use in understanding the dynamic changes happening around mobile content experiences,” reports Executive Producer, Loic Tallon, “It is a must read for anyone planning mobile projects in museums."
For more information or to register for the 2012 Museums & Mobile IV Online Conference visit: Click here to review the 2012 Museums & Mobile survey results.

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