Fluid Engage benchmarking first list

Colin Clark colin.clark at utoronto.ca
Tue Apr 21 22:35:15 UTC 2009

Hey all,

Thanks, Tona, for posting this. A good starting point for sure.

On 21-Apr-09, at 3:11 PM, antranig at caret.cam.ac.uk wrote:

>> I've uploaded a document that contains the first list of museums  
>> visited for
>> the benchmarking, and those suggested (in yellow) to be included in a
>> more deep analysis:
>> http://wiki.fluidproject.org/display/fluid/Benchmarking
> Hi Tona - thanks for the document! I have uploaded it to a  
> publically editable
> view in Google Docs
> http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=pBfC0IEb5EjBs5MSm9Nf0Cg so  
> that we can
> more easily share the task of
> working on it. Perhaps long-term this should become a wiki-formatted
> table? Although those are more cumbersome to work on than Google Docs.
> Could people feed back on whether the link works for them?

Personally, I prefer having information right in the wiki. That said,  
it can be a bit of a chore to manage tables in the wiki. On the other  
hand, there is a {csv} macro that allows you to import data from Excel  
or other tabular formats. Maybe this would help us migrate the  
spreadsheet into the wiki, so it's easier for people to read and  
contribute to?

Just an idea. I don't want to make things too complicated. Maybe one  
of the more wiki-experienced members of the community can lend a hand  
as you're getting to know how the wiki markup works.

> In terms of references, I think we should certainly add the MOMA to  
> our
> collection - http://www.moma.org/explore/collection/ I think it  
> represents
> a very good example of a base level of service we should look to be  
> able
> to offer to all of our clients. The MOMA is one of the most forward- 
> looking
> institutions in terms of its conception of its digital assets.

A suggestion: perhaps a good next step would be to cross-reference  
this growing list of interesting museums with the members of the Fluid  
Engage advisory board. These people are here to help us make the  
project successful, so they'd be good people to learn from early on in  
the project.

The advisory board is listed here:


At the moment, the institutions they are affiliated with are in Jess'  
diagram at the bottom of the page. We've asked the advisory board to  
join us on the fluid-talk at fluidproject.org mailing list, so we can get  
in touch with them there.

What do you all think?


Colin Clark
Technical Lead, Fluid Project
Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, University of Toronto

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