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Introducing Open Source into the Museum

For this Meetup we will be joined by Vincent de Keijzer, project coordinator of Digital Media at the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. Vincent will discuss the practical and organizational changes associated with the introduction of “open source” solutions in the museum practice and the challenges and opportunities for software developers in the museum applications domain.

Museum websites and applications tend to become more and more complex and museums are confronted with the inflexibility and lack of sustainability of the products that are made by their usual suppliers. Traditional visual designers make disposable products that should be totally replaced regularly. They are largely customized which makes the museum dependent of their designer for every modification of the site.

Software developers that work with “open source” tools are an attractive alternative for more sustainable products and less dependence. There is no guaranty however. You’ll have to organize this outcome yourself and play an active role in the developing process. Vincent will present the changing role as a client and the do’s and don’ts that come with it.

He’ll conclude his presentation with an overview of challenges and opportunities, mainly for the digital presentation of the collection both on site and online. He’ll introduce three propositions; a clean database is an illusion; we work with unsuitable tools and the future belongs to the collector. Contribution to the discussion is encouraged, but not compulsory. In other words, if you feel more comfortable listening and soaking it all in that’s absolutely fine too.

Vincent de Keijzer has worked in museums since 1984. From 1984 to 1990 he took on work involving numerous short-term projects for the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum for Antiquities) in Leiden and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Since 1990 he has been working continuously for the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, first as librarian and then as head of the Department of Documentation. Since September 2008 he has filled a new position, that of project coordinator Digital Media, specialized in online collection presentations.

As always tea and coffee will be available in the Museum Café afterwards.

We will meet at the entrance hall of the Allard Pierson Museum at 14.00 hrs. Please note that large bags, coats and rucksacks are not allowed inside the museum. Lockers are available at the entrance hall of the museum and take a deposit of €1,-.