Posted: Friday, October 9, 2015
One of our newest team members is Digital Media Analyst Elena Villaespesa, who joined the Met earlier this year. In this recently created role, Elena will establish and oversee an analytics program to monitor and assess departmental channels, platforms, and programs. She'll also conduct user research and develop reports to understand the fluctuations in data and identify trends and opportunities to optimize the department's (and the Museum's) digital projects. Elena plans to write about her work for Digital Underground, and she agreed to answer a few questions by way of introduction.
Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2015
On Monday, May 4, 2015, the Met and Vogue hosted the annual Costume Institute Benefit, which celebrated this year's spring exhibition, China: Through the Looking Glass, on view through August 16. Notables from the worlds of fashion, film, society, sports, art, business, and music attended the Met Gala and were captured walking the red carpet across a wide range of social media.
Posted: Monday, February 2, 2015
When I joined the Met as Website Editor in 2006, the Artwork of the Day feature—which appeared on our old website's "splash page"—was limited to a small set of preselected, curatorially approved works of art. I felt we had a great opportunity to change the process. Why be limited to a small number of works when the Museum's collection is so vast? And why not tie the picks to actual events, either current or historic? That first year, I even included special birthday picks for my friends and family. These days, I select works that relate more broadly to historic and current events, holidays, artists' birthdays, Museum milestones, and even the weather forecast.
Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Met Blogs grew dramatically this year, with hundreds of new posts published across twelve different blogs. As my colleagues and I look forward to bringing you even more content in the year ahead, it seems appropriate to take a moment to reflect on some of the highlights of 2014, and to point out a few posts that you may have missed.
What follows is a snapshot of what we've published—just enough to show that it's been a fantastic year thanks primarily to our willing and generous authors (as of this post we are up to 313 contributors!), a tireless editorial team (Website Managing Editor Anne Dunleavy and Website Editor Michael Cirigliano II), and, especially, to our readers.
Posted: Monday, December 8, 2014
Digital Underground finishes its Met + Parsons Museum Accessibility Workshop series by taking a look at a project that addresses the need for clear, practical guidelines for creating accessible websites. In the end, the participants in this project produced two documents that can serve as guidelines for coding accessible websites and developing verbal descriptions of art objects. We caught up with the team to ask them some questions about their goals in this workshop, and what they discovered about the museum experience while engaged in the workshop.
Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014
One of the many lessons I've learned in my first 10 months on the job at the Met is how much attention is paid to everything we do here. Having worked at Columbia Journalism School for two decades, I am familiar with the amount of interest journalists take in the activities of a major institution (especially when most alumni are journalists themselves).
Because of the Met's reputation, scale, and history, our activities get a lot of scrutiny. I wrote recently about the social media traction that we got thanks to the annual #MetGala, and the Webby Award for our Instagram account.
But nothing quite prepared me for the amount of press, blogger, and social media attention we've gotten for our recently updated image use policy.
Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Last week I had the opportunity to attend Internet Week New York, an annual gathering of speakers and events related to technology, business, and culture. Unlike other conferences I've attended, which are more focused on the museum sector, Internet Week provides a glimpse into the world of for-profit digital media projects and advertising issues, which I found incredibly relevant to the work being done in the nonprofit world as well.
Posted: Monday, November 4, 2013
Last month we launched two new sections of metmuseum.org: Met Blogs, which collects and presents posts from blogs across the site, and Community, which highlights our activity on a wide array of social media channels. These new sections are designed to invite visitors to find new ways to connect with the Museum.
Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013
Welcome to Digital Underground, one of many blogs at the Met.
"Blogs at the Met," you say? Perhaps, like many folks, you aren't yet aware of all the awesome digital output of the Museum. My goal in this post as well as in the weeks, months, and years ahead is to share with you all the digital work that goes on at the Met and The Cloisters.
Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013
Digital Underground, dedicated to the ongoing activities of the Digital Media Department, is the newest addition to the Museum's growing list of blogs.