"Hi all -just forwarding something from CAN's Twitter feed earlier today, can't see any more detail on either the CAN lists or the website as yet:
"Good News - the Powerhouse Museum and DSEWPC have entered into a license agreement to…"
"Regarding the Collections Council of Australia Ltd, and Bernice's suggestions that it outlaid "millions of dollars", and that the source of these millions was the Australian Government...
Lest anyone's imagination be tempted…"
"Lynda, I suggest this posting on advocacy failure locally is not helpful in combating the conditions faced by the sector in Australia. It diminishes regard for work being pursued and deepens the conditions of our pitiful fragmentation of…"
"Check out the story in the Australian - Regional museum web unravels.
Thnx for your feedback too Bernice, but I don't think MA have had success in what has been mentioned above - using social media and our own advocates (ie our…"
"Thank you Bronwyn for the posting and question as to what MA is doing - and thanks to Tim Hart for frank mobilisation of concerns as to how progressive Commonwealth government decisions have impacted (increasingly negatively)…"
"Something I have been thinking about for a while in terms of my own organisation, but also something that i think goes sector wide is how well we communicate the value, worth and outcomes of iniatives within museums. I wonder if CAN is a…"
"I agree that this is alarming and am heartened Tim by your suggestion that we have a conversation about the meaning of this. I would go further tho and suggest that there needs to be a proactive response from the sector rather than a…"
"Thanks for this Tim.
I've been deeply disturbed by this announcement, particularly as it hasn't been accompanied by any discussion of what might replace CAN. In 2010 The Cultural Portal and Collections Council were also disbanded. It…"
I have worked in Museum's for the past 21 years, in collection management, policy development, project management, information technology and senior management. I studied Architecture and Archaeology at Sydney University, graduating in 1987. In 1997 I was appointed National Project Manager of Australian Museums On Line (AMOL now CAN) a position which I really enjoyed.
In 1999 I became the first Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Powerhouse Museum, establishing a new division and executive role. In 2001 I was appointed Director of Information, Multimedia and Technology at Museum Victoria, once again establishing a new division and executive role.
I was involved in the establishment of the Australian Registrars Committee (ARC) in the early nineties and have been an active member of Museums Australia for 15 years. In 2001 I was elected to the Museums Australia National Council for the first time and am currently Treasurer; I am also a member of the Victorian State Branch Committee. In 2003 I became a committee member of the Australian Interactive Multimedia Industry Association (AIMIA) I have since left the AIMIA committee.
I have been actively involved in developing large scale new media projects over the past ten years at the Powerhouse Museum and Museum Victoria. The use and development of the Web has emerged during my career and I have been active since the mid 1990’s with museum website development and increasingly social media and the wonderful engagement and networking opportunities it makes possible for museums.
I am committed to working towards increasing the integration of digital media in museums both physically and virtually. The opportunities available to us today are limited only by our imagination; we are all living through a period of major change which is challenging and exciting.