Cultural Institutions, Co-creativity and Communities of Interest

Jerry WATKINS, Angelina RUSSO

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Despite the proliferation of web-based news and information services, there remains a lack of online destinations from which to obtain reliable and authoritative cultural knowledge. In many countries, such knowledge is provided by cultural institutions such as museums and libraries. Recent discussion suggests that social media – including blogs, wikis and digital stories – may provide a creative solution to the ongoing interaction between cultural institutions and communities of interest. However, little applied research exists to demonstrate how social media can be established and maintained within museums and libraries, and what issues are raised within the institution by a more participatory approach to cultural communication. This paper highlights the implementation of a new program at the Australian Museum to train staff in social media production, in order to make the many thousands of objects and stories held within the Museum’s collections more accessible and engaging to communities of interest
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOnline Communities and Social Computing. HCII 2007, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol. 4564
EditorsD Schuler
Place of PublicationBerlin
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783540732563
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
EventHCI International 2007 - Beijing, China
Duration: 22 Jul 200727 Jul 2007


ConferenceHCI International 2007


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