Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 286.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Subject: NINCH Museums Meeting Report and S.N. Katz Paper Available
News on Networking Cultural Heritage Resources
from across the Community
October 18, 2002
NINCH & Museums: Better Serving the Community
Report Available With
MCN Keynote Address by Stanley N. Katz:
"What Do We Want from the Cybermuseum?"
As part of a review of the role it plays within its different
constituencies, NINCH is organizing a series of small "think-tank" meetings
within these sectors. The first, designed for museums, was hosted by the
Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, on July 23.
In his keynote address to this year's Museum Computer Network (MCN)
conference (Toronto, September 5), "What Do We Want from the Cybermuseum?"
NINCH past-president, Stanley Katz, frequently referred to the rich
conversation recorded in the report of the NINCH meeting as a key
articulation of current concerns in museums on the development of digital
technology. Because the paper generated broader interest in the meeting
report than we had anticipated, we have decided to make it more widely
available. All participants have agreed to its release on the understanding
that they speak only for themselves and not for their employers.
Some of the key themes of the conversation (and of Stan's paper) included
rethinking institutional infrastructure, especially for coordinating and
integrating digital production; new staffing models; the potential of
broadband for furthering museum education and outreach; the role of
technology in connecting museums with the communities of the future; the
relationship between digital presence and the number of visitors to the
physical museum; as well as the developing role of NINCH vis-a-vis its
The report and paper are available online at the above url and as pdf
Should there be interest in furthering the discussion represented in the
report and paper, we are setting up a discussion list. Contact David Green
<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> to be added to the list.
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