From the Field

Next Practices in Digital

April 23, 2015

Next Practices in Digital and Technology comprises 41 examples of recent and ongoing digital initiatives designed by AAMD member museums. From social media and mobile apps, to in-gallery interpretation and behind-the-scenes collections management, Next Practices in Digital and Technology explores the ways museums are using technology to advance accessibility, scholarship, education, and audience engagement.  Download Next Practices in Digital and Technology Here!


Margaret Collerd Sternbergh and Meagan Estep running a #BreakForArt chat at The Phillips Collection. Image courtesy of The Phillips Collection.


Examples include:

  • Multimedia: An audio compilation of the voices of more than 100 artists, scholars, designers, and students discussing their experiences of the RISD Museum collection, available for in-gallery listening via mobile device and online
  • In-Gallery Interactive: The Oakland Museum of California's You Are Here, which allows visitors the chance to have their own self-portrait displayed in a salon-style installation among works by artists from Ansel Adams to Carrie May Weems (pictured above)
  • Open Data: The Walters Art Museum’s application programming interface (API) that allows web developers, programmers, and the interested public to access machine-readable information about works of art from the museum’s collection;
  • Social Media: #BreakForArt, a monthly Twitter chat led by museum educators at The Phillips Collection, each focusing on a single work of art from the museum’s permanent collection
  • App: The New Orleans Museum of Art's Artifact App provides additional interpretive content to NOMA visitors; and
  • Access: Multi-sensory tours for those with Alzheimer’s and low vision at The Art Institute of Chicago that enable enhanced access to works of art from the collection through 3D reproductions


Top image of You Are Here at the Oakland Museum of California by Matthew Millman, courtesy of Oakland Museum of California.