<p>Box UK is pleased to announce that our Technical Director Dan Zambonini will be a presenter at the 2009 Museums and the Web conference, held in April in Indianapolis, Indiana. </p>

<p>The presentation, titled hoard.it: Aggregating, displaying and mining object-data without consent, will be jointly presented with Mike Ellis of Eduserv. Based on an original idea by Mike Ellis, a prototype website was created (<a href="http://hoard.it/)">http://hoard.it/)</a&gt; that assembles permanent collection-related data from a number of international museum websites. This technology enables users to search and map collections from diverse institutions and requires no financial or time investment from participating museums – nor does it currently seek their input or consent. In theory, any museum with an online collection can participate in the project. The potential outcome is a single tool will allow users to search for collection-related content from museums around the world. </p>

<p>The talk will examine the pros and cons of this project by comparing it to other approaches, including cost and resource-intensive commercial ventures. It will also consider the relationships between different collections and look at mined data to give insights into global collection statistics addressing questions such as: Where do most objects come from? What period are they from? How do North American collections differ from their British or Australian counterparts? Additional consideration will examine the potential opportunities for displaying and re-purposing collected data sets from a user-centered design perspective. </p>

<p>Museums and the Web is an annual, international conference that addresses the social, cultural, design, technological, economic and organisational issues of culture, science and heritage online. Taking an international perspective, senior speakers with extensive experience in Web development review and analyze the issues and impacts of networked cultural, natural and scientific heritage. The upcoming conference takes place from April 15 to 19, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. </p>

<br />Box UK was born out of the work of leading thinkers and doers in the industry. With offices in London and Cardiff, we are obsessed with the Internet and emerging technologies. Our passion and enthusiasm permeates everything we do, continually inspiring us to create bold, innovative solutions for our clients and partners. Box UK will be releasing the next generation of its leading Web Content Management System Amaxus in the spring of 2009. Our international reputation continues to allow us the privilege of working with the world’s best people, from FTSE 100 companies to global standards bodies and leading organizations across the UK public and heritage sector. </p>

<br />Dan Zambonini is the Technical Director of Box UK, which he co-founded at the end of the last century. Since then, he has helped develop the first XML website for the UK Government, architected the Amaxus Content Management System (running websites such as Tombraider and Royal Navy), conceived clickdensity (multiple award-winning usability software), participated in industry-shaping thinktanks, and had articles featured in international websites and magazines.</p>

<p>Dan is passionate about making use of the latest technologies to help us in everyday life, and believes people and communities are key to innovation. He co-founded the Cardiff Web Scene community, organised the first Cardiff Tweetup, and helped bring the popular Ignite event format to the UK through
<br />Ignite Cardiff.</p>

<p>Dan can be found on Twitter at <a href="http://twitter.com/spxdcz.>">http://twitter.com/spxdcz.></a></p&gt;

<br />Eduserv is a not-for-profit IT service organisation. Our mission is to realise the benefits of IT for learning and research. We are dedicated to developing effective technology solutions that meet the needs of universities and colleges and are of value to the wider public sector. We do this through four main strands of work:
<br />• Access & Identity Management via provision of our Athens and Open Athens systems, widely used throughout universities in the United Kingdom;
<br />• License negotiation which delivers preferential pricing for software and data to the education community;
<br />• Web solutions, including web hosting, consultancy and development;
<br />• Eduserv research foundation which provides grants, advice and seed-funding to the HE community </p>

<br />Mike Ellis worked for 7 years as Head of Web for the National Museum of Science and Industry, UK, which comprises the Science Museum in London, Media Museum in Bradford and Railway Museum in York. Mike left NMSI a year ago and is now working as a consultant for a Bath-based company called Eduserv, a not for profit IT services group. </p>

<p>His interests are in user generated content, Web 2.0, ubiquitous computing and innovation and how to lever these for maximum benefit in cultural institutions. </p>

<p>In a single sentence: Mike believes that technology could and should be better to people, but that it will only make life better when it becomes more invisible: easier to use, more user-centric and better designed.</p>

<p>In his spare time, Mike eats crumpets and curry, drinks cider and hangs out with his wife and two boys. He also writes electronic music, keeps a blog and dreams of web apps that make the world a better place.</p>

<p>Mike is also on Twitter, at <a href="http://twitter.com/dmje">http://twitter.com/dmje</a&gt; - his other stuff is at <a href="http://variousbits.net">http://variousbits.net</a&gt; </p>

<p>For more information, please contact:
<br />Amy Thibodeau
<br />Marketing Executive, Box UK
<br /><a href="mailto:amy.thibodeau@boxuk.com">amy.thibodeau@boxuk.com</a>
<br />Phone: +44 (0) 870 707 0031</p>


Published on: 10:15AM on 15th December 2008