Welcome to the first post of our brand new MGS blog! As my role is Development Manager for Digital Access I thought what better subject to kick start this new communication tool than to talk a bit about the Jodi awards, the sector’s inspiring award scheme for the use of digital technology to widen access to information, collections learning and creativity for disabled people. MGS has just renewed its grant contribution for a second year to encourage entries from our members and to help raise awareness of accessible digital culture within the Scottish sector. I’ve no doubt that as our members become increasingly engaged with the digital outputs of their museums we will see innovative projects to rival those shortlisted in previous years.
All kinds of digital technology is eligible – to get a flavour for the types of projects, have a look at the previous winners. I know that I won’t be aware of every one of our members who have potentially eligible projects, so please let me know if you want to nominate a project or be nominated by the 25 September deadline.
This year’s awards will be presented at a ceremony at the Sackler Centre at the V&A on 2 December. This will be a joint event with the Museums Computer Group whose email list is open to all and is one of the most useful places to find out what’s new in terms of technology in the museum sector, as well as a (generally!) friendly place to get informal technical advice and peer review of your own digital projects.
So, a couple of whispers into the ether – let me know about your accessible digital projects, and give us your views on the new blog – is this a useful way for MGS staff to talk with our members and interested others and what do you want to talk about?