Museums and Technology: Online collections and interpretation

The Irish Museums Association's Seminar on Museums and technology: online collections & interpretation was held 8 and 9 November in association with Ulster University and Derry-Londonderry City of Culture.

Our museums are increasingly preoccupied with accessibility to collections & new methods of engagement, resulting in the digitisation of materials in their care and the incorporation of ‘new' technologies - such as social media, games, Apps and soundscapes - into their online presence strategies.

This seminar discussed the potential & the challenges of digital engagement: how interactive design interventions mould our experience of the museum; the environmental influences on the virtual visitor; and how today's technologies translate into our collections.

The IMA invited speakers whose current practice explored intangible heritage, online collections and interpretation and the phenomenon of the ‘virtual' museum:

Professor Paul Moore, School of Creative Arts and Technologies, University Ulster

Cristiano Bianchi,

Ian Brunswick, Science Gallery

Niall O'hOisin, Noho

Laura Maye, Interaction Design Centre

Mark Duncan, InQuest Research Group (Century Ireland)

Danielle O'Donovan, Irish Heritage Trust (Hack the Lockout)

Jean Sutton, Women's Museum of Ireland

Claire Crowley, Decipher

Oonagh Murphy, PhD candidate, University of Ulster & Freelance consultant.


Schedule at a Glance:

Day One: Seminar with workshop running from 12noon to 6.30pm and Event dinner

Day Two: Visits to museums, galleries and events taking place as part of the UK City of Culture 2013: Turner Prize award exhibitions or Guildhall; Tower Museum or Void Gallery (Santiago Sierra); and Museum of Free Derry or Apprentice Boy Memorial Hall or City Factory Gallery (Willie Doherty)

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This event was funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under their ‘Cooperation with Northern Ireland Scheme', and organised by the Irish Museums Association (in collaboration with Professor Elizabeth Crooke, University of Ulster and Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald, University College Dublin).