I am in recovery from conference fatigue, mixed with a head cold and jet lag from the Museums and the Web Conference in San Diego last week. It was a brilliant conference that brought together some fabulous museumaholics working on some really interesting projects. Despite suffering from a rather bad dose of cold, turning my voice into that of a duck’s and a fever that struck me out for the middle day of the conference, there was still a lot of interesting projects to be seen, heard and discussed. I’ll be posting my notes from the conference over the next couple of days.
It was really nice to get some feedback about our work, and to see what people thought. One point that I hammered home was the success of QRator is down to the Grant Museum staff, trusting their visitors. I’m getting more and more passionate about this point. Every museum related meeting I go into, I have the same conversation again and again, it has to do with museum authority, visitors lacking in that same authority, and giving visitors tools to write what they like, means that they will abuse that trust. Just because they can doesn’t mean they will. QRator is a fantastic project that encourages a positive relationship between museums and visitors, where visitors are actively involved in creating the museum displays. For me the best museum experiences, are ones which not only make you think, but inspire you to want to engage in the topic, QRator does exactly that. Yes I might be bias. But the visitor contributions speak for themselves. Visitors are actively choosing to engage with the questions posed on the QRator iPads. Being able to stand up in front of a conference load of museum people and talk about this, made me really happy.