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GIS – Our Cultural Resources Geographic Information System (CRGIS) and PA Historical Marker database are very outdated and in need of migration to new technology.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Ecommerce – We currently use the clunky, outdated Yahoo Stores and would like to migrate to a new hosted ecommerce platform by the end of the year.

Session Proposal: Working With Students Who Have Low Technology Skills

I will propose a session on how to work with technology in the classroom when dealing with students who have low tech skills, which is a big concern of mine heading into fall 2011. How do you handle students who don’t even know how to use even the most basic word processing fundamentals? What kind of websites or apps aide you in helping students? A big question I am concerned about is how this differs from the university to state school to community college level. What can we do as educators to prepare our students for a work force that will require them to know how to use computers?

Philly and Technology


Just wanted to say for those of you who are interested there’s a great Meetup group called Philly Museums and Technology. I am a member (you don’t have to be a Museum) and for those of you wanting to keep a network going after this event consider joining 🙂

Looking forward to the conference!

Ashley Harper

Historical Society of PA