Memory Lab at the Magnes Museum

For the last few months, I’ve been working closely with the fine folks at the Magnes Museum in Berkeley on a permanent installation called “Memory Lab.” It’s a type of workshop, almost like a kitchen, where people can come with their photos and documents, get them scanned and annotated in MemoryMiner and walk home with a CD ROM of their work.

The Magnes Museum is definitely on the cutting edge of using social media tools to bring their work to larger audiences. Memory Lab and MemoryMiner will help to bring additional materials out of boxes in peoples’ closets and into a “clean, well-lighted place.”

One of the things that really appeals to me is the ability to get early feedback from both experts and novices on MemoryMiner 2.0, an early version of which is being used in the lab. For example, one of the newer features is the ability to create and maintain Flickr photosets from within MemoryMiner.

Here’s an example of a Flickr set created from MemoryMiner:

The exhibit is brand new, and I look forward to a long and fruitful collaboration. On Sunday Oct. 12, I’ll be giving a gallery talk at the museum with Francesco Spagnolo, the Head of Research at the museum:

Information about the lab can be found here:

2 Responses to “Memory Lab at the Magnes Museum”

  1. MPS Says:

    You rock! and so does that museum!

  2. Scott Says:


    Neat stuff. Looks like a cool project, and it’s always nice to see people using technology in interesting ways.

    Can’t wait to see MM2.0 either!

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