Nick Poole (The Collections Trust/MDA) and I are working on plans for a more active and strategic partnership between our two organisations. At our last meeting he showed me a very cool thing from the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Launched last year it is a live Dashboard of regularly updated data about the museum and its activities – things like visitors through the door, fans on Facebook, energy consumption etc. It basically makes public all the usual statistical information that is normally lost in an institutions annual reports.
The visual layout of the data is really nice, simple and easy to see and there is something very compelling about the (almost) live updating. You can also explore any of the top line statistics further making it a fantastic advocacy tool for the museum.
You can read more in an interview with Rob Stein the Museum’s Chief Information Officer and Seb Chan.