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published: April, 2002
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Social Events and Pre-Conference
Tours provide many occasions to share experiences with other delegates
in an informal environment. Pre-Conference Workshops
offer a more structured learning environment.
One ticket to all Museums and the Web 2002 events is included with
each Full Conference Registration. Additional Tickets may be
purchased for accompanying persons or by those with Sessions-Only registration.
When events are held outside the hotel, transportation will be provided;
look for details in the final program and for the signs on-site.
The Welcome Reception is a Fun and convenient way to
meet other attendees on the first night of the conference. Catch up
with old friends, meet some new ones, and visit the exhibitions at one
of the leading science museums in the world, and the home of the Boston Computer Museum.
Those who have been attending Workshops during the day also find it is a
great opportunity to get to know the colleagues with whom they have
been studying. Our host, the Museum of Science, is
ideally located for groups to arrange dinner in the many excellent restaurants
MW2002 will bring together the latest commercial
Web technology and the professionals who use it. At the Exhibitors’
Reception, attendees can preview the Exhibit Hall, which will be open
for their in-depth visits all day on April 19. The reception provides
an informal atmosphere in which to meet exhibitors, and enjoy the meal
they provide to entice attendees to stay for the duration. Plan to pass
the evening scoping out what the MW2002 Exhibitors
have to offer.
Every year, MW attendees enjoy meeting new colleagues
to talk about shared concerns over breakfast. The Birds-of-a-Feather
Breakfast tradition will continue in 2002 to enable attendees to chat
with others interested in the same issues or working on similar projects.
Each table at the breakfast is devoted to discussion on a theme proposed
in advance by attendees. Each year the topics shift but the conversations
are always lively. To suggest a topic for the Birds of a Feather Breakfast,
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will
host the annual Conference Reception and open its galleries to MW2002
attendees. Celebrate your common interests in the beautiful surroundings
of one of North America’s finest museums. We are sure that the combination
of fine food and extraordinary collections will inspire great conversation.
Staff involved in Web site construction and in interactive
exhibits and multimedia documentation from a variety of Boston-area
institutions have once again agreed to provide MW attendees with a special
All tours are very limited in size, as they include
staff areas of participating institutions. Register
early to ensure your first choice. MW staff will confirm tour participation.
Each full day tour includes transportation and lunch.
We will depart from and return to the conference
Departs 8:30 AM from Boston
Park Plaza Valet Entrance on Columbus Avenue
The Pre-conference tour of the MFA will include behind-the-scenes looks
at a few highlights of how the MFA is using Web technology, including:
- Survey the MFA Web sites, including www.mfa.org,
- Meet the staff that work on Web-related projects, and see the cube
farm where they live!
- Take a tour of Artemis, the Museum of Fine Arts collections information
database, and see demonstrations of procedures developed to use Gallery
System's The Museum System
- Learn the role of the MFA's Intranet in accessing shared information,
and aiding workflow.
- Gain insight into our e-commerce initiatives, see how we update
our on-line gift shop, and process the orders.
- See the MFA's network computer room, and the many servers housed
within, including our huge, new EMC Disk Farm.
Departs 9:15 AM
from Boston Park Plaza Valet Entrance on Columbus Avenue
A full day at the MOS includes backroom tours and discussions of:
- The New Media department
- The Intel Computer Clubhouse - The Computer Clubhouse is a successful
model that uses technology creatively to enable under-served youth
to acquire the tools, problem solving skills and confidence for successful
- The Current Science and Technology department - CS&T's mission
is to rapidly produce content about science and technology news and
deploy in the exhibit halls as quickly as possible. Using back-end
content management systems, we are now able to use that content in
the Museum as well as on the Web site.
Departs 9:15 AM from
Boston Park Plaza Valet Entrance on Columbus Avenue
Over the course of the last two years, the Harvard University Art Museums'
Digital Imaging and Photography department has converted from film to
digital photography. The capture of a broad variety of source materials
with numerous device types with a scan-once constraint must be done
to insure the highest levels of image fidelity and spatial resolution.
Likewise, archiving and dissemination requires accommodation of an equally
vast host of display types and uses ranging from simple web viewing
to high-quality printed continuous- and half-tone output.
To accomplish this, Peter Siegel, the head of the department has put
in place an ICC production workflow. The resulting images are uploaded
to the University's Digital Repository Service, and stored with metadata
specified in their DTD (http://hul.harvard.edu/ois/systems/drs/).
The imaging studio is now busy documenting every object in the collections
with unprecedented accuracy and in a format that will make the art widely
accessible to students, scholars and the public through traditional
and electronic media.
Departs 9:15 AM from Boston Park Plaza
Valet Entrance on Columbus Avenue
This tour will visit the MIT Museum and Media Lab as well as other
sites at MIT doing work related to museums and the Web.