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1 year ago 1 note open authority TED science museums Indianapolis culture

TEDxIndy: “Indianapolis as a Science Museum: Urban Infrastructure for Science Learning,” Tim Carter

What would happen if we didn’t have any walls for our museums? If we took the learning from museums outside of those walls, what would happen?

We need to challenge the paradigm that the environment is not the city, that it’s somewhere else.

What if we look to the artistic community to do the interpretation for scientists. Scientists provide content; artists provide the interpretation and the teaching. That collaboration can be a powerful one.

We can now build this idea of an informal science learning environment, that doesn’t have any walls, that takes place in a city, and is curated by artists, informed by science.

I attended TEDxIndy last month, which had a theme of Design in Learning, and was really inspired by this talk. I see this as a future-future form of Open Authority, where the “temple” (authority) that was once the museum is reconfigured within an urban environment.  I also see this as a new form of “openness,” as well. Rather than curators, in the traditional sense, opening up their interpretation to the general public, it is scientist curators opening up their interpretation to artists, drawing on their strengths to bring new relevance to topics. I think this may be happening in small ways around the US (and world), but this might be the first time that a more formed idea has been put out there. There’s so much potential here and I look forward to seeing how Tim’s idea develops!


2 years ago 2 notes Indianapolis E Pluribus Unum Fred Wilson public art history

Monument Circle Project

I’m so proud of my amazing mentor, Modupe Labode, and brilliant friend Maggie Schmidt for putting together this incredibly smart blog about Monument Circle, inspired by the rise & fall of Fred Wilson’s “E Pluribus Unum” project. Their historical contextualization will go far in preserving the recent community debate alongside the often overlooked dialogue of the past. Great, great job!


2 years ago 5 notes GLAMWIKI Wikipedia museums Indianapolis IUPUI

IUPUI Student to Lead Growth of U.S. Wikimedia Cultural Partnerships

I can’t go without sharing this little bit from IUPUI’s press release about my US Cultural Partnerships position at Wikimedia:

“Without the Children’s Museum’s support, I would not have had the opportunity to prove what I knew to be true: that Wikipedia is and will remain an important platform for sharing cultural heritage on a global scale,” Phillips said. “I’m thankful to have had this chance, and to have the Wikimedia Foundation recognize this as a continuing need within the cultural sector.”


2 years ago 14 notes Clayton Christensen David W. Lewis IUPUI Indianapolis Open Access libraries preprints museums museum professionals

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The Inevitability of Open Access - Preprint


Open access (OA)”, writes David W. Lewis, Dean of the IUPUI University Library, Indianapolis, in this preprint (submitted on 11 September 2011, due for publication in July 2012), “is an alternative business model for the publication of scholarly journals. It makes articles freely available to readers on the Internet and covers the costs associated with publication through means other than subscriptions. This article argues that Gold OA, where all of the articles of a journal are available at the time of publication, is a disruptive innovation as defined by business theorist Clayton Christensen. Using methods described by Christensen we can predict the growth of Gold OA. This analysis suggests that Gold OA could account for 50% of the scholarly journal articles sometime between 2017 and 2021, and 90% of articles as soon as 2020 and more conservatively by 2025.”

The link is to the full .pdf text of this interesting essay. Museum people should read it, looking for analogies in their own field…


3 years ago 5 notes art public art Indianapolis

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Links to Articles About the Fred Wilson Public Art Project in Indianapolis Being Moved


Modern Art Notes

Anti-slave rally” to oppose Fred Wilson project

CICF decision puts Wilson project in doubt


Controversial artwork location moved from City-County Building


Slavery-Inspired Sculpture Stirs Controversy

No Home for Controversial Statue

I’m also appreciative of @TylerGreenDC’s ongoing reporting of this story. Nearly since the project’s inception, he’s been the only one to thoroughly and accurately share information on this important cultural opportunity for Indianapolis. It’s frustrating to watch the local press perpetuate it as if a large majority are the ones against it, when Tyler’s shown that it’s an instance of only the loudest voices being heard.


3 years ago 10 notes Wikipedia Indycar Indianapolis racing tech

Indianapolis Motor Speedway takes on #Wikipedia

Daniel Incandela & IMS intern Cassie recently touched base with me to learn how they can help the Indianapolis Motor Speedway contribute content to Wikipedia. They’ve done a great job learning the ropes and have just written up a great blog that shares with their fans about how they’re getting started. I’m most encouraged by the numerous comments that have already been posted. I often hesitate to read any comments on any Wikipedia-related blog or article, because they’re usually very heated and negative. But the Indycar folks? Wow. I’m impressed. I’m excited to see what the future will bring!


3 years ago 13 notes Museums technology museum tech Philadelphia Indianapolis

Museums & the Web

A great reflection on last week’s @museweb conference from @IMAmuseum. (This would be my favorite pull-quote):

Museums are starting to recognize the inevitability that much of the online interactions that occur with its content won’t necessarily happen on their websites. There was even an unconference session questioning the amount of effort that museums place on their websites redesigns due to this fact. As social networks and search engines provide web visitors with more and more of the information they seek, how can museums ensure they are making the most out of the online efforts?