Session Ideas: Mobile, GIS, Digital Publishing, DAM, Events, Ecommerce

Mobile – We are launching our mobile website this week and I would like to get feedback and constructive criticism, perhaps in a session similar to the mobile crit room they had at museums and the web. I am also interested in seeing what other types of mobile apps and mobile websites other attendees have created.


Top 5 Tech Problems:

At PHMC we have a little bit a lot of everything. It is impossible to list only my top tech problem, so I have narrowed it down to my top 5. I would love to talk to anyone that has experience with any of the following topics. Even just a short conversation at lunch and exchange of contact information would be helpful.

While I have already done some research and talked to a few vendors about their products, it would be helpful to hear from anyone that has completed major projects in any of these categories. Technology is an important part, but I’m equally interested in any tips about processes and workflows.

GIS – Our Cultural Resources Geographic Information System (CRGIS) and PA Historical Marker database are very outdated and in need of migration to new technology.

Digital Publishing – We are interested in publishing digital versions of PA Heritage magazine and any books that we publish in the future.

Digital Asset Management – Our online state archives pages are created in FrontPage and all of the 300,000+ files (jpgs, pdfs, etc) are dumped into folders. Need I say more?

Events – We have over 20 historic sites and museums throughout PA, plus historic preservation, archives, PA Civil War 150 road show, etc. I’m looking for a solution for our staff to easily add events and syndicate them across multiple sites, whether a hosted service (does anything like ArtistData exist for museums?) or do it yourself (example: collaborative calendar).

Ecommerce – We currently use the clunky, outdated Yahoo Stores and would like to migrate to a new hosted ecommerce platform by the end of the year.

Digital Repositories: Best Practices for Small Scale Implementation

I am interested in discussing the process of implementing a small scale digital repository on a tight budget.  What are the initial steps?  What are the open source options?  Is it worth the time and effort for a small institution to consider a locally managed solution when a collaborative, virtually hosted solution may be more forward-thinking?

Discussion or Writeathon: preparing cyberinfrastructure for digital humanities

As digital humanists generate an increasingly huge and diverse body of digitized and born-digital artifacts, institutions that support them need to build up an array of technology structures to sustain their work. Archivists, curators, project creators, technologists, publishers all see different sides of the cyberinfrastructure issue. We work on digital repositories, media servers, storage and backup servers, high-speed networks, content management systems, web front-ends, databases, flexible online collaboration spaces, etc.

It would be very useful at the outset of projects, whether they are internally or externally funded, to have a set of guidelines, checklists, and key questions to work from. In a short THATCamp session, we may not be able to develop those resources, but maybe we can map the terrain of things “we know we need to know,” with an eye toward stimulating ongoing conversation through a report, article or project proposal.