[OpenGLAM] MCG's Museums+Tech 2017 Call for Papers: Tech in a divided world

Mia lists at miaridge.com
Wed Apr 19 21:10:39 UTC 2017

The annual Museums Computer Group Conference 'Museums+Tech 2017' will be 
held on Friday 3 November 2017 at the Imperial War Museums. This year's 
theme is 'Tech in a divided world'.

Our conference is always a great opportunity to catch up on the latest 
developments and activities in the sector, and network with colleagues – 
get the date in the diary and tell your workmates! The conference isn't 
just for techy and digital folk to share practical skills and 
experience, it is also a great opportunity for colleagues working across 
the sector to get a taste of what's happening and start thinking about 
what might be possible in their institution. As a friendly conference 
full of interesting people, it's also a fantastic place for people 
working outside and inside traditional institutions to meet and learn 
from each other.

As well as absorbing insights from peers, Museums+Tech2017 is a chance 
to present what you've been working on and share your insights and 
lessons learned. The call for papers for the conference is now open, and 
will close on Sunday 30 April 2017. Find out more about the conference 
and submit your proposal: 

The 2017 conference asks whether digital experiences, collections and 
exhibition can help create a shared understanding of the world. Can 
museums provide a shared space where those with a range of views 
recognise themselves, of where the impact of the 'filter bubble' may be 
reduced – and if so, can digital experiences have the same impact? 
Proposals for presentation should celebrate good work and share ideas 
for helping museums do better. We're open to suggestions, but topics 
might include:

  * The role of digital technologies and platforms - whether social
    media, mobile apps, websites, gallery guides, publications,
    podcasts, videos, or virtual or augmented reality experiences - in a
    divided world
  * **How museums have focussed on inclusivity and diverse audiences in
    its digital offering
  * Behind-the-scenes technical work and organisational change to help
    reach polarised audiences
  * Tips on applying for funding and working within a limited budget
  * Using digital technologies to break down barriers of physical venues
    and exhibitions
  * Using digital technologies to connect visitors with each other
  * Reaching audiences that don't think of themselves as museum visitors
  * A bonus themes this year: in 2017 Museums Computer Group celebrates
    its 35^th anniversary, how different are museums in 2017 from
    museums in 1982 because of digital technologies and practices?
  * The list continues on our

The deadline for proposals is midnight GMT on 30 April. Our 
international programme committee will review proposals in May and you 
should hear from us in June. We look forward to hearing everyone's great 

Jess (MCG Secretary) and Mia (MCG Chair)


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