Including...Museums Computer Group Conference programme, OneFurther's Content Report, and analysing the architecture of Disney films.
Hello and welcome to the latest edition of the Digital Snapshot, bringing you all the latest digital news, ideas, tips and guidance for the arts, culture, museums and heritage world.
I'm on holiday at the mo and wrote this newsletter in advance, so I hope things in the arts and culture world haven't moved as fast in the meantime as they have in politics.
The programme for this year's Museums Computer Group conference has been announced, covering organisational change, collections, user experience and innovation. They're a lovely bunch and you can book a ticket here.
Social media corporations basically own the internet and they set the rules, and they are usually evil. TikTok was found taking up to 70% of donations to children in camps in Syria.
The Centre for Cultural Value have released their report (deep breath) Making Data Work: A scoping study to develop a mixed-methods evaluation framework for culture. It shares findings from a 15-month national, interdisciplinary research project that aimed to tackle the crisis the cultural sector is currently facing in harnessing and evaluating its data.
YouTube now has @handles. Nab yours before it's too late.
Useful / bookmarkable
OneFurther have published their Content Report, drawn from a survey of 169 cultural organisations. It's full of insights on how we manage content production, the challenges we face and what we can do about it.
Culture 24 have published the recording of their final seminar in the digital leadership series, focusing on heritage, digital and the climate crisis.
What makes a good error message? Lots of good UX and writing tips in this.
I've been playing around with Nominet's Digital Youth Index, a free online tool using "national, annual benchmarking and barometer research identifying and monitoring the key drivers, issues and opportunities in young people’s relationship with digital technology across the UK."
Distracting / entertaining / inspiring
Side-stepping into Higher Education for a quick minute - Volt have asked whether values-driven organisations should be quitting Meta. It's not a new conversation, but as Facebook users crater it's worth asking what the point of it all is anyway.
I thoroughly enjoyed this clip of 100 seconds of the BBC News going wrong to mark their 100th birthday, but they should have included the weather reporter flipping the bird.
The Cultural Tutor on Twitter has been doing a fantastic job finding the intersection between popular culture and academia, this time analysing the architecture of Disney films.
The internet is exhausting. It is vacuous. It may not survive in its current form, and the (anecdotal) experience of many during the pandemic was a desperate need to switch off entirely. So I enjoyed this long, if in bits wrong, essay The internet is already over.
And that’s all for this edition. If you come across any interesting or noteworthy content or have any of your own projects to share please do send it my way. Don't forget we're here to support you with training, research and consultancy, so please do get in touch. You can find all past editions of the Digital Snapshot here.
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