Scheme's website wins a Best of the Web award

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The Scheme is very honoured to accept the 'Best of the Web' award in the research/online collection category at the 2011 Museums and the Web conference which was held at the Loews Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Unfortunately no one from the Scheme could attend the conference and the award was accepted on our behalf by Dominic Oldman, British Museum IS department. [The site's creator, Daniel Pett, read about the award in a beach bar in Sharm el-Sheikh via the social networking tool twitter.]

The site was up against some very stiff opposition from a wide array of Museums producing excellent online and engaging output. Others in this category included:

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • New York Botanical Gardens
  • J. Paul Getty Trust
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • National Museum of American History
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • Windsor Historical Society
  • the STERNA consortium
  • Steve in Action Project Team
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 
  • Museum Victoria
  • Powerhouse Museum
  • Centraal Museum
  • Queensland Museum
  • The Strong (National Museum of Play, Toy Hall of Fame, ICHEG, National Toy Hall of Fame)

Full details on all these websites and their nominations can be read on the comprehensive Museum and the Web site.

The site in the current format, has now been online for just over a year and builds on open source technology and leverages a wide variety of third party websites to enrich content and has been built on a very small budget. Further improvements are to be released in the next few months, including a more powerful search engine and a guide to Bronze Age objects, and at the end of March, the papers from the Staffordshire Hoard Symposium were released under a Creative Commons Licence. 

Being recognised by our peers in the Museum sector for our project is very gratifying for all of the Scheme's staff, alumni and our dedicated finders, researchers and contributors. Without them, the site would be just a framework.

Contact: Daniel Pett +44 (0) 207 323 8618


There are 2 comments on this story.

  • Nicky Powell wrote @ 12:32:20 on the 12th April 2011.

    Congrats to Dan and the PAS. And shows the power of the Web and social networking that Dan got the news via twitter when on his hols! The PAS always makes full use of bang up to date IT to get the message across via the database and social networking sites, so well done all.


  • Ian wrote @ 12:06:06 on the 14th April 2011.

    Dan you take such a humble line in public, but everyone in the Scheme and those who work with it know that without your creativity, intelligence and hard work, the database would not exist. The database is an integral part of the mission of the PAS - in fact it is the most vital component, for without it, the outreach and dissemination of this knowledge is impossible.

    You have not been content with the status quo, merely 'keeping things ticking along'. You recognized the potential for a website and database containing material of this nature to have a tremendous impact on public engagement with the past. So you set about completely rehauling the site and have produced this elegant platform. But you did not stop there - you are constantly tweaking the site, making improvements, and ensuring that the PAS database is reaching out to people across a wide range of media sources.

    It is great to see recognition for your work at such a high level. Keep it up, for all our sakes.

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