20.172 events: Museums & the Web 2007; Doing Ethnography

From: Willard Mccarty <willard.mccarty_at_KCL.AC.UK>
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2006 05:34:37 +0100

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 20, No. 172.
      Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                    Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

  [1] From: Willard Mccarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk> (48)
        Subject: Museums and the Web 2007

  [2] From: Willard Mccarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk> (114)
        Subject: Call: Doing Ethnography: Examining ICT use in context

        Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2006 05:18:59 +0100
        From: Willard Mccarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Museums and the Web 2007

Date: Wed, 30 Aug 2006 18:45:14 -0400
To: Museums and the Web 2007 <mw2007_at_archimuse.com>
From: "J. Trant" <jtrant_at_archimuse.com>


         Museums and the Web 2007
         April 11 - 14, 2007
         San Francisco, California, USA

You are invited to participate in the Eleventh Annual Museums and the
Web Conference.

* THEMES FOR 2007 *

Social Issues and Impact
  - Building Communities
  - Public Content Creation
  - On-going Engagement

Organizational Strategies
  - Building + Managing Web Teams
  - Multi-Institutional Ventures
  - Facilitating Institutional Change
  - Sustainability

  - Wireless Inside/Outside
  - Visitor Support On-site + On-line
  - Schools + Educational Programs
  - E-commerce for Museums

Technical and Design Issues
  - Standards, Architectures + Protocols
  - Interface + Design Paradigms
  - New Tools + Methods
  - Managing Content + Metadata

Museum 2.0 Services
  - Podcasting, Blogging, RSS, Social Tagging,
  - Folksonomy, Wikis, Cell Phone Tours ...
  - Museum Mashups

Evaluation + User Studies
  - Research Methods + Results
  - Impact Studies
  - User Analysis + Audience Development

[This list is not exhaustive; any relevant proposal will be considered.]


Jennifer Trant and David Bearman
Co-Chairs: Museums and the Web 2007     produced by
April 11 - 14, 2007, San Francisco, CA  Archives & Museum Informatics
http://www.archimuse.com/mw2007/        158 Lee Avenue
email: mw2007_at_archimuse.com             Toronto, Ontario, Canada
phone +1 416 691 2516 / fax +1 416 352-6025
        Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2006 05:22:08 +0100
        From: Willard Mccarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
        Subject: Call: Doing Ethnography: Examining ICT use in context
*Call for Participation in ASIS&T 2006 Workshop =AD * *Doing Ethnography:
Examining ICT use in context* Saturday, 4 November 2006 1:30-5:30 pm
*Deadlines: *500-word problem statement due September 8, 2006 (REVISED
DEADLINE) to the organizer (see details below)
*Speaker**s*: Elisabeth Davenport, Brenda Dervin, Elizabeth Figa (see bios
*Expertise level*: all levels welcome
This =BD day workshop aims to help participants to devise and enrich
ethnographic techniques for investigating the complex interplay between
people, technology and information given time and resource constraints. It
offers an opportunity to researchers to share their experiences in the fiel=
and/or learn from the prior experiences of others. The workshop is part of
the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science and
Technology (ASIS&T) taking place from November 3-8, 2006, in Austin, Texas.
This =BD day ethnography workshop will offer participants the opportunity t=
work with three eminent discussants: Elisabeth Davenport, Brenda Dervin, an=
Elizabeth Figa (details below). The discussants will draw on their own
research experiences in the field to serve as commentators on the themes
raised in the problem statements of participants.
Description of the Workshop
Interactions in today's digital information environments blur the lines
between the physical and the social, between a tool that one uses and a
person with whom one communicates. These information systems are in fact
socio-technical systems with a complex and interdependent system of dynamic
and interrelated elements involving people, tools and information
structures. Understanding the interplay between people, information and
technology requires a fuller understanding of ways to examine this dynamic
relationship in the context of practice in "real world" settings.
The philosophic traditions of ethnography can inform such research through
the guidelines they provide for sensitizing observations in the field. With
its emphasis on prolonged engagement and systematic observation of people i=
natural settings, this form of research generally involves rich description=
of the situations observed and their sociocultural context. Ethnographic
techniques provide a powerful way for researchers to study lived, everyday
experiences. It is however imperative that any techniques applied to the
study of these context-rich environments are consistent with ethnography's
core principles.
*The workshop will address the following methodological problems or goals: =
1: Increase understanding of how the ideals of an ethnographic approach can
be translated into specific project goals.
2: Increase understanding of how a researcher can develop the appropriate
skill set to investigate and understand the critical processes taking place
in the situation under study whilst remaining true to the methodological
holism that is the defining quality of ethnography.
3: In view of the limited time and resources faced by many researchers,
compare best practices for how researchers employ ethnographic approaches
with efficiency and expediency.
*Discussants biographies:
=3D Elisabeth Davenport* heads the Center for Social Informatics at Napier
University and has a permanent visiting scholar appointment at the Rob Klin=
School of Informatics at Indiana University .  She is a senior scholar of
social aspects of computing and has received a number of grants from the
European Commission under the Information Society Technologies Programme.*
=3D Brenda Dervin* is full professor at the School of Communication and Joa=
N. Huber Fellow in Social and Behavioral Sciences, Ohio State University.
She is well known for the development and implementation of the Sense-Makin=
Methodology, a philosophically derived approach for studying communication
as communication. *
=3D Elizabeth Figa* is an assistant professor at the School of Library and
Information Sciences, University of North Texas and a fellow of the Texas
Center for Digital Knowledge. Her research includes ethnographies of
information retrieval and human systems and ethnographies of storytelling.
All participants are invited to submit a brief problem statement (500 words=
describing the particular research challenge they wish to discuss within th=
workshop. Registered participants will have an opportunity prior to the
workshop to review all the problem statements.
Prior to the workshop, organizers and invited discussants will review these
statements to identify key themes and create small working groups for the =
day session. The workshop will involve small group and full workshop
sessions during which discussants will comment on the challenges being
raised by workshop participants. The workshop will close with a discussion
of some core principles and techniques.
ABSTRACTS: Send your 500-word problem statement to
theresa.anderson_at_uts.edu.au by September 8, 2006
QUESTIONS: All questions, email Theresa Anderson (
ASIS Members $40, non-members $50, before Sept. 22
ASIS Members $50, non-members $65, after Sept. 22
This half day course does not qualify for a $75 discount
NOTE: This 1/2 day workshop is being offered in conjunction with the 1/2 da=
SIG-SI symposia: *Interrogating the Social Realities of Information and
Communications Systems *on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, 8:30am-12:30pm (separate
For further information on both events, please go to
For further information about the ASIS&T Annual Meeting, please go to:
Dr. Theresa Dirndorfer Anderson
Information and Knowledge Management Program
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).
P.O. Box 123, Broadway, NSW 2007 Australia
telephone: +61 2 9514 2720
email: theresa.anderson_at_uts.edu.au
Willard Mccarty
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