About

A group of six people stand around a computer and try to fix a problem at the MWXX conference in LA.Museums and the Web was founded by David Bearman and Jennifer Trant who hosted its first conference in Los Angeles in 1997. At the time, museums were at the beginning of exploring the Internet as a new platform, experience, and place to engage audiences and participants. Putting “museums” and the “web” together was a radical gesture that ultimately transformed the field.  MW conferences have been held annually in North America every year since.

In 2011 Museums and the Web LLC was created by partners Titus Bicknell, Rich Cherry, Hiroko Kusano, and Nancy Proctor and began operating and managing the Museums and the Web (MW) Conferences.  Shortly after that, in 2012, MW began holding conferences, workshops, and other meetings in Asia, Europe, and Australia.

In 2016, MW launched the MuseWeb Foundation to support, catalyze, and undertake innovative projects that transform the business of culture, helping the cultural sector become more sustainable, accessible, and relevant. Our flagship program, Be Here, supports communities and organizations in gathering and publishing authentic cultural stories to create a more inclusive cultural record.

Today, the MW conferences go far beyond museums and the web, including participants from galleries, libraries, archives as well as art practitioners and technologists from connected spheres. Our programs have expanded accordingly to look at innovation across the cultural field, whether facilitated by the web and connected technologies or new practices using other tools and methods.

To reflect this change, in 2018 the name of the Museums and the Web Conference was changed to MuseWeb, honoring the tradition and history of the former name of the conference while encompassing the idea of Muses who were the inspirational goddesses of literature, science, and the arts in Greek Mythology and the Web of practitioners in the cultural field that the conference serves.

From its meetings, MW publishes annual proceedings recording the best in cultural practice from the preceding year. The MW papers are freely available online and available in print form. The MW team also provides consulting services on technology and innovation in the cultural sector, and helps organizations recruit consultants and staff for their projects and teams. MuseWeb.net is a collaborative space for professionals creating culture, science and heritage on-line, hosted by the Museums and the Web team.

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