The book by Dr. Suse Anderson and I, The Digital Future of Museums: Conversations and Provocations (Routledge, 2020), includes 12 conversations with paired practitioners from across the museum world. There’s a phenomenal list of people involved Tony Butler, Seb Chan, Arthur Cohen, Lara Day, LaToya Devezin, Brad Dunn, Lori Fogarty, Daniel Glaser, Daryl Karp, Sarah Kenderdine, Takashi Kudo, Kate Livingston, Adriel Luis, Barbara Makuati-Afitu, Andrew McIntyre, Tonya Nelson, Kati Price, Seph Rodney, Merete Sanderhoff, David Smith, Robert J. Stein and Loic Tallon.

To help people navigate the book, Suse and I created a topic list for each the these conversational chapters. These were then mapped using Graph Commons (a web collaborative platform for mapping, analyzing and publishing data-networks) allowing us to connect topics to the different chapters they appear in. See below:

map of DFMBook chapters and topics

You can explore the interactive map of chapters and topics yourself. Either by chapter or topic.

All the topics covered in chapter 12:

All the chapters that touch on digitisation:

This map was then used develop a series of topics relevance diagrams by the graphic designer Christie Fearns and I, where the prominence of that topic within the chapter dictated it’s size in the visualisation. For example, below is chapter 1.

These topic visualisations (which I’m totally into) lead each of 12 conversational chapters in the book The Digital Future of Museums: Conversations and Provocations which you can now purchase online and, as you’re reading this on my website, here’s a 20% discount code HSM20 🙂

There’s a number of other ways Suse and I tried to be innovative with this book project, you can read about those here.