Museums, Notes, personal

Week 52 at work

This week marks the end of my first year in my role and the start of the next year! This week I got up to:

  • agreed in principle that phase two of the website project should focus on our education offer and sat with fffunction so that we can get an estimate
  • attended a half day workshop on online shopping platform Shopify which I wrote about earlier
  • set out a new workflow for internal requests for design work and immediately got swamped with requests
  • Met with a Microsoft researcher and University students about working together on an interesting prototype
  • Attended a half day workshop hosted by HLF and National Archives about digital and archives!
  • Heard that we have been successful in our Nesta RnD fund for the arts project with aardman and the University of Bristol!
  • Took Friday off

I need to write an end of year wrap up…

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Museums, technology

Introducing shopify

At work I’m currently working on delivering a project to offer online shopping to the public. So 2005 I know but better late than never. In the web world Shopify rings bells so I figured it was a safe bet to experiment for us. One of my favourite companies abookapart uses shopify and having been on the customer stand I feel happy with the platform.

I’ve just attended a half day workshop led by Keir Whitaker from Shopify which was an introduction to the platform with time to have a little dig under the hood. The session gave me the confidence that shopify should meet our immediate needs and longer term needs. The point of sale (POS) rollout in 6-12months is also pretty exciting. I made a few notes:

  • Shopify is a theme based e-commerce hosted platform
  • you can try out the partnership platform for testing out the entire process and flow for internal stakeholders
  • uses an open source template language called liquid
  • at present over 110,000 stores
  • Shopify uses stripe to handle payments but accepts many other gateways
  • examples of great shops included – United pixel workersGreats brandHerb Lester
  • essential cheatsheet for code snippets
  • you can use www.fetchapp.com for handling digital products
  • there are new EU rules coming into force in 2015 that need exploring around item returns and digital downloads from 2015
  • if you’re a mac user like me you can use their free desktop app to edit themes on your computer
  • get used to making shudder for, else, if statements
  • one product can have multiple variates e.g. a product is a t-shirt but the sizes are variates
  • building a theme consists of HTML, CSS,  javascript and the liquid template language
  • uses five folders (assets, config, layout, snippets, templates) and 11 core files.
  • #shopifyu

I’ll let you know how we get on in July!

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Week 51 at work

This week i’ve been up to:

  • Shorter week due to being at the Le Mans 24 race in France
  • Shut down over 200 web pages which were scattered across the retired mshed.org website and Bristol City Council pages
  • Set up 301 redirects which are critical to help Google know we’ve moved the content. Where possible I have mapped old URLs to their new home
  • Met with Bristol Record Office to review their web section
  • Went on a fact finding mission to see how we can improve our performance data gathering
  • Enjoyed being part of the IT Desktop user group giving feedback about what needs to improve: start up and shut down speed, unrestricted web access and skype!
  • Carried out my final team members six month review
  • Improved the staff ebook I released last month
  • Sent the director my draft plans for the next few months: interpretation, website phase two and more!
  • Spent a lot of my time with my head in the GDS measurement guidance and coming up with key performance indicators based on our Council and Arts Council measurements
  • Agreed to start a ‘behind the scenes’ breakfast instagram and blogger tour of the sites
  • Chopped it up with Sarah Saunders about images, metadata and engagement
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Week 50 at work

I’ve taken the second half of this week off to enjoy the Le Mans 24 hour race in France. But I managed to:

  • Setup 301 redirects for mashed.org for next week
  • Respond to an foi request 
  • Agree July as our launch for an online shop
  • Finish our end of year report 
  • Suggest my workplan for the next few months 
  • Tinker with my process for getting stuff done 
  • Clean up our public digital roadmap on trello 
  • Review and improve our seo efforts with the new website 

 

 

 

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Week 49 at work

This week I have been:

  • Doing the six month PMDS for all the team – review of last six months and looking ahead to the next 12 months
  • Doing the Arts Council end of year return
  • Handover with fffunction for phase one of the website project
  • Checking the M Shed kiosk move is working to plan
  • Met with the BBC to discuss how we can support one of their community projects around ‘Bristol sounds’
  • Welcoming Ray Barnett to twitter
  • Had our first staff meeting with the new teams that are now being rolled into the service, we have expanded to include events, film and festival teams
  • Chopped it up with Phil about what my team could do to support the public programme team
  • Explained to conservation what types of blgo post i’d love from them
  • Met with the central comms manager to agree how to reduce our presence of their main website
  • Fired the starter gun on the learning team using mailchimp for their teachers newsletter
  • Got to sit with our IT account manager to agree how we can best work together to ensure both sides have a happy marriage!
  • Decided that we should implement the use of tablets for getting visitor feedback
  • Penciled an outline of my work plan for the next 6-12 months which involved a few surprises
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