2 months ago
Reblogged from kineticmuseums
Have museums always been "authoritative?"
But more and more I’m bothered by this concept of “authority” in the way we use it. I kind of like the word trust more. Partially because trust is something you have to earn, whereas it seems like authority is something we feel that we’re owed as institutions, and I don’t think that’s healthy.
A great provocation from Koven around the idea of Open Authority. I think that the ideas of trust and authority are really intertwined, and I personally like the word “trust” in and of itself, more than I do “authority.”
I believe that the differentiation in the terms, within this context, lies in the audience that they’re being directed towards. Open Authority was developed as a means to define something that museum professionals were grappling with (sort of scared of?), in an effort to illustrate to those museum professionals that sharing control can be the best of both worlds. That definition (and term) isn’t necessarily meant to be directed to the public. To the public, the idea of trust and openness will resonate more than the term “authoritative” necessarily would.
I’m really excited about this revelation and can’t wait to dig into it more with all of you brainy people out there. (DO read Koven’s post in its entirety.) Thoughts?
8 months ago
Reblogged from 5easypieces
Koven responds to the Open Authority spectrum & the Reggio Emilia model
I’m listening to Lori Byrd talk about the Reggio Emilia learning model as a possible framework for implementing Open Authority in museums and similar institutions. I was struck by something she said that was a component of that model, which is that the teachers learn along with the students, rather than “dumbing down” the material. How amazing would it be for museums to interact with their communities in this way? Think of a curator looking at visitor interaction as a way of increasing his or her knowledge, rather than simply dispensing it. Yowza.
I’ve always had issues with the word “engagement”—I feel like we toss it around without really having a clear definition of what it means, but this model, to me, finally looks like what I think we really want when we use that word. I just wonder whether we have the courage to attempt it.
So thrilled to see this resonate with Koven and others today, here on the final day of Museum Computer Network. Tons of great conversation about the ideas around open authority that I need to still fully digest. My main takeaway right now is that I adore the museum tech community and how supportive, constructively critical, and brilliant they all are.
9 months ago
Open Authority Example #13: Chicago History Bowl
The Chicago History Museum
The city’s oldest cultural institution will be asking Chicago residents what they’d like to see in a future exhibition. Dubbed the “Chicago History Bowl,” this user-generated contest will allow fans to suggest ideas and then vote on finalists…
The Chicago History Museum is certainly undertaking an impressive digital engagement campaign—calling on the public to not only vote on a future exhibit, but to submit ideas as well. If that’s not Open Authority, I don’t know what is.
It’s been stated that the Chicago History Museum is “the first museum in America to tap the power of online crowdsourcing for such an endeavor.” While I tend to cringe at superlatives like this, I really can’t argue with it. A number of museums have made great strides in fearlessly incorporating visitor contributions into exhibit interpretation, including most notably the Brooklyn Museum, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and…does my museum count? :)
But, to be honest, I can’t think of another instance of placing the impetus FIRST on the community to begin the conversation and to initiate the topic. The “open” comes first in this case, and the curatorial “authority” comes second, when the museum pares down the suggestions in preparation for the voting round.
My question is…does the Open Authority stop there? Is it just that they’re “mining the audience” for ideas? Or is it that the winner will take part in the actual implementation of the idea? This isn’t clear in the current description of the project. For now, the main motivation is a getaway and a museum membership (which is not insignificant)…but how great would it be if this turned out to be truly Open Authority from beginning to end?
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9 months ago
Lori Byrd Phillips: Open Authority, Wikipedia and the Benefits of Openness | musete.ch
I’m quite proud to be among so many greats in the ongoing musete.ch interview series coordinated by Dana Allen-Greil.
In this interview conducted by Solimar Salas, I chatter about openness, digital humanities, GLAM-Wiki, QR, and a hint of what you can expect from our forthcoming panel on Open Authority at the 2013 Museum Computer Network conference.
9 months ago
Open Authority Example #12: Cast Your Vote!
The National Archives and Records Administration
Join the debate and cast your vote! Help National Archives curators select the first original landmark document to be featured when Records of Rights opens on December 12.
The Today’s Document Tumblr has been showing for some time that the National Archives gets digital engagement. Now they’re taking it up a notch, using the existing Today’s Document community to get the word out on this awesome example of Open Authority—crowd-curation at its finest!
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11 months ago
Our Museum: Communities and Museums as Active Partners is a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Special Initiative to facilitate a process of development and organisational change within museums and galleries committed to active partnership with their communities, with the ambition of affecting the museum sector more widely.
This initiative will:
- support and develop museums and galleries to place community needs, values, aspirations and active collaboration at the core of their work;
- involve communities and individuals in core decision-making processes and to implement the decisions taken;
- ensure that museums and galleries play an effective role in developing community skills, through volunteering, training, apprenticeships, etc.;
- share exemplary new models with the broader museum sector.
1 year ago
Open Authority Example #10
Rijksstudio, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
"We’re a public institution, and so the art and objects we have are, in a way, everyone’s property." - Taco Dibbits, Director of Collections
Can you believe I hadn’t posted this as an Open Authority example yet? Better late than never! The fantastic New York Times article linked above prompted me to ensure its inclusion on this list. I also had the opportunity to hear the Rijksmuseum’s presentation on the successes of Rijksstudio at Museums and the Web this spring. While the project certainly is an impressive undertaking, what’s most impressive is the vision behind it—an unapologetic commitment to openness and remix-ability that few museums are bold enough to truly implement. Things are looking up, though; the three Best of the Web wins bode well for future Rijksstudio-esque projects.
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