Getting comments on this site from Tallinn

October 18, 2007

If you’re at the Tallinn conference and you haven’t got a WordPress account password, just email me directly and I’ll put your comment online myself.

Email me at

Jon Pratty

Welcome to delegates in Tallinn!

October 18, 2007

SWTT core group member Jon Pratty is at Intelligent Access to Digital Heritage at Tallinn, Estonia, from Oct 17/18.

Brief remarks will pop up here as the conference progresses – including some pictures in the Flickr box on the right.

If you’re at the conference, feel free to comment on sessions and concepts coming up at the meeting. Your comments will go live once the moderator has approved them, but it should be a quick process.

Good luck!

London meeting notes now online

July 2, 2007

Notes from the SWTT workshop organised by Frances Lloyd Baynes and Suzanne Keene at the V&A are now online in our Workshops section.

Also have a look in the Flickr group for pics from the day.

Workshop reports from Brighton and Newcastle

February 18, 2007

The reports / transcriptions from the ‘Social networking’ and ‘eLearning’ meetings are now online. A little more work is needed here and there but we hope you find this material useful. The reports are under the Workshop reports tab.

Mike L

Brighton SWTT meeting: users, social software and the semantic web

November 28, 2006

With Glasgow still fresh in our minds, and the Glasgow meeting report now up on the blog, it’s time to turn to Brighton, and our user-focussed moment. November 30 2006 sees a small group of invited SWTT participants convening at the new offices of the 24 Hour Museum, one of the SWTT project partners.

This gathering brings together core group members, some participants from Glasgow and the opening meeting in Leicester, and some new faces. We’ve got three interesting newcomers taking part in Brighton: Mike Ellis from the Science Museum, Jeremy Keith from ClearLeft Design and Angelina Russo from CCI in Australia.

This being the third meeting (if you count the Leicester kick-off moment) it’s also an opportunity to review what’s been done so far and to listen to feedback. You don’t have to be one of our core group members to add to the accumulation of knowledge and discussion as the project rolls on, just use this site to add your views and suggestions for links, interesting research and so on.

Incidentally – we’ll be adding to the meeting reports as people who participated feedback to us about the meetings, so if an idea or key moment from a meeting is not reflected in the notes, add them to the blog – go on!

Brighton Meeting Agenda – Draft

Leicester workshop documentation now online

October 12, 2006

Alex Whitfield’s hard work over the last few weeks now means we have our first workshop report, from the open meeting that kicked off the project at UK Museums on the Web in Leicester in July.

It’s key to the success of the project that all members associated with the Think Tank read the reports closely, and post as much or as little feedback as you like. But whatever you do, please do add to the discussion in some way or another. This is an informal, but thoughtful project, and we want to benefit from your experience and wisdom.

If we can make each workshop more productive than the last, then we’ll be on course to produce something useful next spring.

Read the report from the Semantic Web Think Tank first meeting at UK Museums on the Web, July 2006

Project home page

September 19, 2006

at the University of Leicester, Department of Museum Studies.

The press release.

June 27, 2006

Leading Culture Bodies Create Semantic Web Thinktank  

The Museums Computer Group, MDA and the 24 Hour Museum have joined forces with the Department of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester to create the museum and gallery sector’s first Semantic Web Thinktank.

The Semantic Web is a set of related technologies which make it easier to find and share information online. The objective of the Thinktank is to identify the key challenges and opportunities for museums and to define how the culture sector should respond to them.

The Semantic Web Thinktank brings together experts from a wide range of disciplines, including museum policy and management, cataloguing and computational science. It has been funded by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Over the next ten months, a group of around 10 to 15 semantic web experts and museum professionals will gather in a series of closely documented meetings around the UK to explore the ways forward for the sector into this more digitally connected future.

The workshops will be launched at an open meeting at the UK Museums on the Web Conference in Leicester on July 7, 2006. Interested parties can register to attend the inaugural meeting in Leicester by visiting:

Ross Parry, lecturer in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, and chair of its Digital Heritage Research Group, commented, “The Semantic Web Thinktank is an important development for museums. Over the next few years, these technologies will come to define how people find and share our resources. It is vital that we are able to bring together the key players from across the culture and other sectors to make sure that we are ready for them”.

Mike Lowndes, Interactive Media Manager at the Natural History Museum and Chair of the Thinktank’s core group said “I consider that the Semantic Web will form a major platform for how cultural digital content will be delivered and used in the future, but like many people am not sure how it will happen or how Museums can get engaged practically. This initiative is set to ask these questions and the Museum is excited to take part.”

The Semantic Web Thinktank will be working over the next 12 months to produce a vision statement and workplan which will be disseminated throughout the sector.


The Semantic Web is the name for a group of related technologies which enable meaningful information to be shared via the Internet. For further information about the Semantic Web, visit

The Semantic Web Thinktank falls under the project ‘UK Museums and the Semantic Web’, funded as part of the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s Research Workshops (Museums and Galleries) Scheme.  For more information about the scheme visit

 For further information, or to interview a representative of the Thinktank, contact Ross Parry at