Over the last few months, the museum blogosphere has been talking about conferences. Are conferences broken? Yes. (Particularly in environmental terms.) Do we still need f2f conferences? Yes! Folks have been discussing other models, like virtual conferences, conferences as discrete points in ongoing conversations, Maker Faire (or skillshares in general?) and camp.
I’m happy to say that I’m going to camp, THATcamp, this weekend at CHNM. There will be a bit of a mw2009 reunion there, it looks like (a conference that is not broken), and many of my favorite digital historians will be there, including many internet friends whom I’ve met and many I’ve yet to meet. I expect that this will be an extremely well-tweeted conference, and also watch the THATcamp blog for ideas both already presented and emerging.
I see my role at THATcamp as mostly jumping up and down to say “What about museums? What about material culture?” That was basically my proposal: “I’d like to talk about how to make museum collections, particularly three dimensional artifacts of material culture, part of ongoing digital humanities work. What are the challenges involved in 3D imaging, providing access, building ways for visitors and scholars to interact and engage with non-scanner-ready historical collections?” Luckily, it looks like other campers are thinking about these issues too! I’ll keep you posted on our discussions.