This post is going up quite late but I wanted to share the awesome-ness of GLAMcamp Amsterdam. For more information on the event see the page on Meta or subscribe to This Month in GLAM (there’s going to be a report on the weekend!).
Saturday was the day we really started doing things. The first item on the schedule was lightning talks. I was third up and presented (for 5 minutes – it was a lightning talk) on This Month in GLAM. It was only as I finished that Liam told me I was running a session on Sunday (we Wikimedians don’t leave things to the last minute, though), on the newsletter. You can see my slides here.
There were lots of sessions during the day which focussed on a plethora of different issues and topics. There’s not much point in recording them all here as there are summaries on the etherpads for each session (linked to from the schedule) but I’d like to talk briefly about a couple of them.
I didn’t really take part in the first two lots of sessions because I was busy finishing off the November edition of This Month in GLAM. The QRpedia session after lunch was great in introducing those new to the codes and Andy Mabbet (who was running the session) talked a little about how/where they’re currently in use (apparently the occupy movement are – cool or what?).
In the evening we were treated to a private tour of the Amsterdam Museum. Following an introduction from the general director of the museum, we split up into groups. Each group started in a different place and then moved onto another area.
My group began in the archives where we were shown the old system of using cards to document every item in their collection, and their new digital system (their objects database is available online). Maarten (yes, a fourth Maarten) who worked there also told us they will on ocasion refuse objects which don’t have an Amsterdam collection.
We were also shown the new “Amsterdam DNA codes”: QR codes on the back of the guide booklet (which was available in multiple languages) which when scanned would play a short film about a certain topic in the language of the booklet. Cool, eh?
They also had an interactive exhibit which involved the use of what looked like Kinect to select things on a screen.
The day ended with a dinner at a nearby restaurant, with the museum staff who had lead the tours.