Perspectives on Open Source for Museums’ Digital Projects

Track
Media & Technology
Start Day and Time
Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
265 America's Center
Description
Open-source software has transformed the technology industry, and the movement's goals of community and access align closely with our museums' missions. So why do our open-source projects so often fail to succeed? Three experienced panelists offer three different perspectives and discuss topics such as the role of community and how to foster it, the importance of maintenance and maintainers, Not-Invented-Here, reputation capital, alignment issues with grant-funded projects, business models for open-source projects, and long-term sustainability.
Learner Outcome
  1. Gain perspectives you need to make decisions about using open-source tools, particularly committing to OSS development.
  2. Learn key factors for planning, budgeting, project managing, developing, and committing to OSS projects over time.
  3. Identify how to describe the community's role in software development projects that include OSS, reflecting concerns and expectations of funders.
Speakers
Presenter: 
David Newbury
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Consultant
Organization: 
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Bio
David Newbury has been working at the intersection of technology and arts for over 15 years. Projects include Art Tracks, a digital specification for provenance; the American Art Collaborative, a multi-museum exploration of Linked Data; and the Carnegie Museum of Art Archive, linking archival material to people, events, and artwork. He runs the Pittsburgh New Media arts organization and gives workshops on data visualization and arts technology.
Presenter: 
Duane Degler
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Principal Consultant
Organization: 
Design for Context
Bio
Duane is a partner in Design for Context, a leading usable design consultancy. He specializes in sophisticated interactive applications using rich data resources. He advises numerous cultural institutions on strategy, design, and technology. Duane has led web and software projects in the US and Europe. Over the last 15 years he also focuses on the unique challenges and opportunities designing for linked data applications.
Presenter: 
Robert Sanderson
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Semantic Architect
Organization: 
The J. Paul Getty Trust
Bio
Dr. Robert Sanderson is the Semantic Architect for the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles. He is responsible for integration of content providing information systems across the programs via standards and Linked Data. He is co-chair and editor for the Web Annotation Working Group in the W3C and an editor for the IIIF specifications. He has previously worked at Stanford University, Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Liverpool.