From March 22nd to 25th Albuquerque, New Mexico, will host the 2006 Museums and the Web conference. The conference "addresses the social, cultural, design, technological, economic, and organizational issues of culture and heritage on-line." According to the conference web site,
Taking an international perspective, senior speakers with extensive experience in Web development review and analyze the issues and impacts of networked cultural and natural heritage. Together, we look ahead to the transformation of communities and organizations.
MW2006 features plenary sessions, parallel sessions, museum project demonstrations, commercial exhibits, mini-workshops, professional fora, a usability lab, a design 'Crit Room,' and the Best of the Web awards. Prior to the conference, there are full-day and half-day pre-conference workshops and a day of pre-conference tours. (See the description of Presentation Formats for more details.)
The conference includes a workshop on museums and blogs, Blogs and Blogging for Museums, featuring (what a surprise!) three speakers from the Walker Art Center. Of perhaps more-than-passing interest is a paper entitled All Weblogs Are Not Created Equal: Analyzing What Works (full text), delivered by Daniel Mosquin. Social museum web applications (aka Web 2.0) will be covered in a mini-workshop entitled Community Sites and Emerging Sociable Technology.