#MUSEWOMEN TECH FELLOWS
Personal Project: experimenting with how museum professionals can best acquire new technology skills
About the Project:
- Role: Project Lead, Instructor
- Institution: Personal Project
Testing Our New Skills!
Once done with our lessons we moved onto the project phase of the initiative. The project we chose to build was a type of museum challenge (and this is now live at http://nolamuseummap.com/ ) The website has you sign in through twitter and challenges you to visit as many museums in New Orleans as you can, leaving either reviews, or suggestions/clues clues for other MCN attendees to see and add to. With this project we wanted to focus on how we could best benefit other MCN attendees while at the conference to connect and share local museum information.
Lessons Learned and Next Steps
- This was done in everyone’s free time so by having bigger incentive (such as the funding) then just learning a new skill, we found helpful.
- Being as transparent as possible by posting and being reflective about the experience. A lot of times I feel like learning to code is hard to get into, but by having a group learn together and talk about the difficulties as well as the successes we found to break down these walls.
- Having a hard deadline, using a conference and public launch as a kick in the bum to get the group project complete
- Working through lessons knowing there is a larger goal in mind, these skills would be immediately, i.e. applicable to a conference project
- Public forum for sharing information with the larger museum tech community
We would love to see this model go to individual museums that could possibly set up a similar program for interested employees. Tech is pervasive in all sectors of the museum from the conservation lab, to museum publications, to social media, to education departments. It would be an interesting experiment to have a bunch of employees across many departments build something together for the good of their museum audiences.