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David Grabitske

David Grabitske is the manager of outreach services at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, Minnesota.

On February 17, 2009, Randal Rust, a consultant with R Squared Communications, stated on the Small Museums listserv: “Right now, I am putting money into research and development that will hopefully result in low-cost options for small museums and historical societies to better make use of the web.”

How much are small museums willing to spend to make better use of the web? And, what sorts of applications do small museums desire to use?

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3 Responses to Low Cost Useful Web Technology

  1. Joan Brainard says:

    Hill Farm Historical Society would be interested in receiving info on low cost web technology. We currenrly can be found on the city of North Oaks web site, but the site is not user friendly, in fact even techo savvy have problems with it. Our site leaves a lot to be desired.


  2. Mary says:

    I think the question should be: How do we choose what to use on the web? There are lots of free or low costs apps out there that we could adopt today, but which ones should we choose that will work within the framework of our days?

    Food for thought: Six ways to make Web 2.0 work: http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Business_Technology/Application_Management/Six_ways_to_make_Web_20_work_2294


  3. Mary says:

    Here’s another great link, found through MN Voices at eDemocracy.org. This is a blog post written by Nina Simon of the blog Museum 2.0. It’s called “How Much Time Does Web 2.0 Take?”


    If you’re still under the impression that museum people can’t spend time online because it is a waste of time (we’re not really working if we’re online, right?), then this will give you an idea of how much time various social media efforts will take and you can adjust your schedules accordingly. Some social media apps don’t take as much time as you might think and the return in terms of bringing attention to your organization are great.


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