MuseumNext is Europe’s big conference on social and digital media for the museum sector. This year 350 delegates from 34 countries are meeting in Barcelona for inspiring presentations, workshops and discussion about the digital side of museums.
Speakers include leading experts from, among others, MOMA, the TATE gallery, the Van Gogh Museum, the Manchester Museum, the Museum of Australian Democracy and the Museum of Toulouse.
Here is a Twitter list of delegates attending MuseumNext 2012.
You can also follow @MuseumNext for updates and keep an eye on the #museumnext hashtag for tweets from participants.
Keynote speeches are being streamed live this Thursday and Friday via CCB.
UPDATE 23/05/12: There is now a MuseumNext Flickr group for Barcelona.
Check out the Relax In The Air page for Instagram snaps and shared digital content.
24/05/12: In the opening speech, @NancyProctor talked of Crowdsourcing vs Communitysourcing. Nancy urged museums power structures to radically change. Piecemeal reform won’t work. Make sure all of your staff know what the museum mission is and where you’re going. This must underpin digital strategy.
Rui Guerra (@ruibeep) asks ‘are you publishing your online visitor figures?’ The Indianapolis Museum of Art has a dashboard with major analytics data. Very transparent. It’s also worth checking out Museum Analytics to see examples of engaging Twitter and Facebook accounts. The most engaging posts on Facebook have photos and ask questions. Museums should aim to post twice a day.
Jim Richardson (@SumoJim) reminds us that 90% of MuseumNext content is being filmedand will be shared on museumnext.org next month.
In Hein Wils’ (@heinhier) talk on Urban Augmented Reality, he said ‘We have to wait for a new generation of museum directors who understand technology.’ @dulwichonview tweeted that whilst it is true museums lag 10 years behind in technology, it is up to senior staff ‘to get on board and enter the future. Back to the future style!’
MuseumNext 2013 is scheduled to be in Amsterdam. See you there!