20/20 for #MWXX

A blackboard with a drawing of a cloud burst and idea bubble. 20 Editors select top papers from 20 years of MW proceedings for an #MWXX anniversary e-book

Hindsight is 20/20, so they say – and the illumination of the backwards glance is even more evident when we review the evolution of technology and museum practice. In the 20th year of Museum and the Web conferences, 20 guest editors volunteered to select the papers from past proceedings that stand out to them in terms of impact in the year they were first published, and resonance today. As they worked through the MW Bibliography, our editorial group shared their picks and thoughts in the comments section of this page.


Authors and others from the MW community are also invited to chime in. What would you select as the most important papers from Museums and the Web for you? You’ll need an MW profile to contribute (free; if you’ve ever registered to attend and MW conference or contribute to the MW community forum, you can use those login credentials). We look forward to hearing from you!

1997: Rob Lancefield, Manager of Museum Information Services, Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

Building Integrated Museum Information Retrieval Systems: Practical Approaches to Data Organization and Access.
Jim Blackaby, Senior Systems Developer Office of Technology Initiatives United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Beth Sandore, Coordinator for Imaging Projects Digital Library Research Program University of Illinois



1998: Bruce Wyman,  Principal, USD Design | MACH Consulting

Understanding the Museum Experience: A Review of Visitor Research and Its Applicability to Museum Web Sites.
Dierking, Lynn and John Falk.



1999Leonard Steinbach, Leonard Steinbach with affiliation Johns Hopkins University Grad Program in Museum Studies, Susan Hazan, Curator of New Media and Head of the Internet Office, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem



2000 – Bill Weinstein, The John H. McFadden and Lisa D. Kabnick Director of Information and Interpretive Technologies, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Building the Next Generation Collaborative Museum Shopping Site:  Merging e-commerce, e-museums & entrepreneurs
Moore, R. R., & Tellis C.



2001: Norbert Kanter,  Managing Director, zetcom

A New Way of Making Cultural Information Resources Visible on the Web: Museums and the Open Archives Initiative
John Perkins



2002 –  Dave Patten, Head of New Media at the Science Museum, London

The Electronic Guidebook: Using Portable Devices and a Wireless Web-based Network to Extend the Museum Experience.
Spasojevic, Mirjana and Robert Semper.



2003 –  Ranti Junus,  Systems/Electronic Resources Librarian, Library Science & Museum Studies Liaison, Michigan State University Libraries

Re-Assessing Practice: Visual Art, Visually Impaired People, and the Web., Howell, Caro and Dan Porter.



2004 –  Shelley Mannion,  Senior Product Manager: Collection, The British Museum

Searching for Meaning, not Just Records

Doolan, John, Darren Peacock and Derek Ellis



2005 –  Susan Chun, Chief Content Officer at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Storymaker: User-generated Content – Worthy Or Worthwhile?
Graham Howard, SSL Ltd, Jon Pratty, 24 Hour Museum and Mike Stapleton, SSL Ltd., United Kingdom



2006 – Brian Dawson, Chief Digital Officer at Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation

Community Sites and Emerging Sociable Technologies.
Von Appen, Kevin, Bryan Kennedy and Jim Spadaccini.



2007 –  Paul Marty,  Paul F. Marty, Ph.D., Professor, School of Information at Florida State University

Bookmarking in Museums: Extending the Museum Experience beyond the Visit?
Jonathan Bowen and Silvia Filippini Fantoni



2008 – Conxa Roda
,  Head of Strategy, Innovation and Digital Transformation, Co-director of the Postgraduate on Museum Management, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Semantic Dissonance: Do We Need (and Do We Understand) the Semantic Web? Ross Parry, Jonathan Pratty and Nick Poole.



2009 –  Courtney Johnston,  Courtney Johnston, Director, The Dowse Art Museum, Aotearoa New Zealand

Going Analog: Translating Virtual Learnings into Real Institutional Change. Nina Simon.



2010 –  Ely Wallis,  Elycia Wallis PhD, Manager, Online Collections, Museum Victoria, Australia

Tales of the Unexpected: A Pragmatic and Candid View of Life Post-Launch

Allegra Burnette, The Museum of Modern Art, USA; Dana Mitroff Silvers, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA; and Charlotte Sexton, The National Gallery, United Kingdom



2011 – Julia Forbes,  Shannon Landing Amos Head of Museum Interpretation & Digital Engagement, High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Getting on (not under) the Mobile 2.0 Bus: Emerging Issues in the Mobile Business Model. Proctor, Nancy, Peter Samis, Allegra Burnette and Rich Cherry.



2012 – Vince Dziekan,  Director of Programme, Graduate Research in Design, Monash Art Design and Architecture (MADA), Monash University, and Curator, MWX – the exhibition initiative of Museums and the Web

Virtual Repatriation and the Application Programming Interface: From the Smithsonian Institution’s MacFarlane Collection to ‘Inuvialuit Living History’.
Kate Hennessy, Nicholas Jakobsen, Ryan Wallace and Charles Arnold.



2013 – Lynda Kelly,  Head of Learning, Australian National Maritime Museum

Digital Humanities and Crowdsourcing: An Exploration.
Laura Carletti, Gabriella Giannachi, Dominic Price, Derek McAuley.



2014Christina de Paolo, Communications Specialist at 4Culture
Co-editor: Michael Parry, Director of Communications Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney

Touch Van Gogh and Be Touched—How New Media Are Transforming the Way We Present Complex Research.
de Vet, Marthe and Jolein van Kregten



2015 –  Jane Alexander, Chief Information Officer, Cleveland Museum of Art
Co-editor Herminia Din, Professor of Art Education, University of Alaska Anchorage

Strategies against Architecture: Interactive Media and Transformative Technology at Cooper Hewitt.
Chan, Sebastian and Aaron Cope.



2016 –  Nancy Proctor, Co-chair, Museums and the Web; Deputy Director for Digital Experience and Communications, Baltimore Museum of Art

Inclusive design: From approach to execution
Bruce Wyman, USD Design | MACH Consulting, USA, Corey Timpson, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Canada, Scott Gillam, Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Canada, Sina Bahram, Prime Access Consulting, Inc., USA