OUR MISSION

Helping information professionals use technology to serve their institutions.

MCN supports museum information professionals and the greater community by providing opportunities to explore and disseminate new technologies and best practices in the field. With an annual conference, special interest groups, listserv, and project registry, MCN is here to help you seek out and share knowledge about technology trends and issues you face every day.

MCN 2014

SAVE-THE-DATE!

Call for proposals is now closed.

The Museum Computer Network 42nd Annual Conference will be held in Dallas at the Fairmont Hotel from November 19-22, 2014.

Photo: Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas,Texas designed by Santiago Calatrava. Online licence from iStockphoto, from Getty Images.

 

Registration for the Conference will open in August. Registration fees as follows:

  • MCN Members: $475 Early Bird (by October 1, 2014) / $550 after
  • Non-members: $550 Early Bird (by October 1, 2014) / $650 after
  • Student/emerging professionals: $175 Early Bird (by October 1, 2014) / $250 after
  • Small museums: $325 Early Bird (by October 1, 2014) / $375 after
  • Daily registration: $275
  • Workshop: $110

Presenters will be issued a $50 discount on their conference registration fee at the time of registration.

Terms & Conditions on the submission website.

 

Fairmont Hotel MCN conference night rate: $189+tax.

Connect with the MCN Community

Find out what's going on in the cultural heritage community and connect with a generous group of professionals who are always willing to share expertise and help find solutions.  Here are where the most vibrant online discussions take place:
- Sign up for the MCN Listserv
- Join the conversation on Twitter @MuseumCN
- Join the Museum Computer Network group on LinkedIn
 
 

NET NEUTRALITY AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE CULTURAL SECTOR

We in the museum sector are deeply concerned about the impact of the new Internet regulations proposed by FCC Chairman, Tom Wheeler. The new rules would allow ISPs to charge a premium for those (wealthy companies) who can afford to pay to deliver their content better and faster to their online audiences. 
 
He may call it "Net Neutrality", but what Tom Wheeler is proposing is anything but fair and open access to the Internet. If ISPs can charge a premium to those online publishers who can afford to pay to get their digital content to their customers faster and better, all other online content will become harder and less accessible by default. That means all the billions of small, independent and non-profit websites will be at a crippling disadvantage in the online marketplace. Their websites will be harder to find. Their content will download to your computers more slowly than that of the major multinationals. Unless they can stump up the money to "pay to play", they could become effectively invisible online, their voices silenced, their stories inaccessible.
 

If you are concerned about the potential implications of this impending FCC regulation, here are some of the things you can do: 

Resources: