National Archives sign at Kew Gardens Station

National Archives sign at Kew Gardens Station


Second International Conference on Inclusive Museum, July 02009, Brisbane, Australia

From the announcement on various mailing lists:

Second International Conference on Inclusive Museum, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 8-11 July 02009

At this time of fundamental social change, what is the role of the museum, both as a creature of that change, and perhaps also as an agent of change?
The International Conference on the Inclusive Museum is a place where museum practioners, researchers, thinkers and teachers can engage in discussion on the historic character and future shape of the museum. The key question of the Conference is 'How can the institution of the museum become more inclusive?' ...

In addition, the Conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the Conference Call-for-Papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of the Inclusive Museum. If you are unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication in this fully refereed academic Journal, as well as access to the electronic version of the Conference proceedings.

Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at this Conference, we also encourage you to present on the Conference YouTube Channel. Please select the Online Sessions link on the conference website for further details.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 11 January 2009. Future deadlines will be announced on the Conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the Conference, including an online proposal submission form, are to be found at the Conference website -


JISC preservation of Web resources (PoWR) handbook available

The United Kingdom's JISC has released a handbook on the preservation of Web resources. View or download it from



Blue Ribbon Task Force issues interim report on data deluge

According to an e-mail I received from Art Pasquinelli of on 2008 12 17,

A task force of experts set up last year to look at sustainable economic models for preservation has issued its interim report.

The press release can be seen at;

The report is available at;

The contributor biographies are at;

A presentation on this report was recently given by Sayeed Choudhury from Johns Hopkins U. at the November Sun PASIG. This is accessible at;

Great new look to backend

So that's what happens when you don't blog for three weeks running and log in to and get greeted with a new backend. It's great, I like it, especially the QuickPress form. The only bad part of the QuickPress form is that it lacks my Categories. A Tags field is present, but to categorize, I have to publish the post and then go back and re-edit it. That sucks and is a time waster for sure.