Hello! Thanks for reading, you lovely person.
I’m Ruth, an online advisor, freelance writer, lover of digital technology and museums. My passion, alongside a perfect cup of tea (black, no sugar, thanks for asking) is using digital technologies to create meaningful, lasting connections between people, places, ideas and objects.
Are you interested in digital technology and museums? You’re in the right place. And if you’re not…well, stay a while. You might realise you’re more interested than you think.
That’s exactly what happened to me. I’ve been a digital geek for years. Since I played my first MS-DOS game with my family when I was six, through to competing with my sister on a GameBoy, exacerbated through using ICQ to talk to friends, compounded by using social media to share thoughts and ideas. The past 29 years have been one giant, exciting avalanche of digital technology. And in all that time there’s been one unifying factor – using digital technology to experience a sense of connectedness.
Becoming a museum geek happened much later. I’ve always loved going to museums of all colours and types, gazing at their unique objects, contemplating whether a lightbulb flicking on and off fits my personal definition of art, feeling insignificant alongside the history of the universe. But it wasn’t until I started my current job at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa that my curiosity and love for all things digital became combined with a genuine interest in using digital technologies to make museums’ ideas and objects more accessible, more interesting and more exciting.
That’s the spirit in which this blog is begun: a way to express and discuss ideas on digital technologies, a means to share thoughts, a somewhere to share examples of great, innovative digital practice, and a place to learn from others. And that includes you! Unreservedly and undoubtedly that includes you, whatever your experience, job or age. Although this blog has a museological slant, everyone experiences and interacts with digital technology, and your ideas about it are valid whether you’ve set foot in a museum or not.
As such, I’m using this blog as a way to express and discuss ideas on digital technologies, both within the museums sector and outside it. These ideas are up for discussion and debate – so join in!
All opinions in this blog are my own, and do not reflect those of my employers or related institutions.
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