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Survey on Coatings & Sealants Used In Museum Showcases

July 2015

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With the support of the Clothworkers’ Foundation, the British Museum is undertaking a research project regarding coatings (“sealants”) to reduce off-gassing of organic compounds from wood components of museum showcases which are installed in the same airspace of the objects.

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Can a Computer Guess the Artist Behind a Painting?

July 2015

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For years, Rutgers University has been experimenting with various machine learning techniques that could correctly identify the artists and styles of fine-art paintings. Recently, the researchers announced that their computer code had reached a level of accuracy approaching that of art historians!

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Drupal Emerges as a Viable Content Management System for Museums

July 2015

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Museum websites typically host a variety of content, from exhibition information to online collections, all of which needs to be updated regularly. This can be an issue when the initial website design was custom-built: the content can’t always be modified without making changes to the underlying code.

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Thinking about adding guest Wi-Fi?

July 2015

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The physical infrastructure is just one of the many elements to consider when providing free Wi-Fi to guests. Drafting a public Wi-Fi policy for the museum ahead of time is strongly recommended.

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Canadian Geographic: Deadline for the December 2015 Issue

July 2015

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You have until Tuesday, August 4, 2015 to submit an artefact in the “What’s This?” feature of the December issue of Canadian Geographic magazine.

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Fostering Open Content

July 2015

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Museums often aim to incorporate interactive elements into their exhibits. This desire to engage also carries over online, where patrons may be invited to provide feedback or posts comments about their visit.

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The “Wisdom” of the Crowd

June 2015

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Crowdsourcing is a way to tackle large-scale projects by tapping into the public’s collective intelligence and expertise. The theory behind crowdsourcing dictates that a group of people will always know more than any one person in the group.

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