The Museums Computer Group’s annual conference Museums on the Web ‘The innovative museum: creating a brighter future’ – UKMW11 – will be held at the Imperial War Museum in London on 25 November 2011. Join the MCG email list or follow @ukmcg on twitter for updates.

The MCG committee often gets enquiries from people interested in speaking at our events about calls for papers. Due to popular demand, and because we want to make sure the presentations at UKMW11 represent the latest work in the sector and cover the issues that affect our members, we’ve decided to open a call for papers. We’re giving this a go within a pre-defined set of themes to try and keep it manageable. (All the work that goes into organising events for the MCG is done on a voluntary basis and each committee member balances our MCG roles with busy full-time schedules.)

The three themes are (we’ll refine the titles and order once we know what the papers are!):

  • Session 1 – getting it right from the start (project infrastructure – tendering, management, partnerships, collaboration)
  • Session 2 – designing for re-use/for the future (making the most of what we’ve got)
  • Session 3 – redefining success (better metrics and beyond)

For each theme we would like to have one paper that frames the subject and puts it in the context of the landscape we are currently working in, and one or two positive case studies/success stories. We would like all speakers to include actionable lessons in their papers.

If you would like to propose a paper for one of these three themes, please email by 2 September 2011 including the following information:

  • Your name
  • The organisation you work for if applicable
  • The theme under which you envisage your paper sitting
  • A short summary of what your paper will cover (up to 200 words)
  • Have you given this paper or talked about this project at a previous conference? If so which conference and when?

We will aim to make a decision on which papers to include and let you know by 9 September 2011.

If you know of any projects, even if they aren’t your own, that you think we should know about for the conference, please let us know by emailing

We look forward to reading your proposals. Please don’t hesitate to contact us via twitter (@ukmcg) or if you have any questions or comments.

Best wishes,

Ross, Gemma, Denise, Mia, Rhiannon, Carolyn, Angelina, John, Angus, Dafydd, Dave and Linda for the MCG Committee