April 15-18, 2009
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Call for Participation

The MW program is built from the ground up, from your suggestions. Proposals are welcome on any topic related to museums creating, facilitating or delivering culture, science and heritage on-line.

Download the Call for Participation (PDF).

Submit your proposal using our on-line form.

Themes for 2009 include:

Social Issues and Impact

  • Building Communities
  • Public Content Creation
  • On-going Engagement

Organizational Strategies

  • Open Source Architectures
  • Multi-Institutional Ventures
  • Facilitating Institutional Change
  • Sustainability


  • Wireless + Geo-aware
  • Visitor Support On-site + On-line
  • Schools + Educational Programs
  • E-commerce for Museums

Technical and Design Issues

  • APIs and Protocols
  • Interface + Design Paradigms
  • Tools + Methods
  • Managing Content + Metadata

Museum 2.0 / 3.0 Services

  • Podcasting + Blogging
  • RSS + Wikis
  • Social Tagging + Folksonomy
  • Museum Mashups
  • Semantic Web

Evaluation + User Studies

  • Research Methods + Results
  • Metrics
  • User Analysis + Audience Development

Session Formats

Choose the right presentation format for your proposal. Even the best ideas can be rejected if proposed for an inappropriate venue.

  • Research?
    Propose a Paper, to be given in a formal session with other papers and discussion
  • Case Study?
    Present a Paper or a Demonstration, depending on whether you wish to emphasize generalizability (a paper), or your specific case (a demo)
  • Methods and Techniques?
    Teach others in a Pre-conference Workshops (full or half-day) or Mini-workshop (1 hr)
  • Debate or Problem Statement?
    Engage colleagues in a Professional Forum
  • Product to Show?
    Propose an Exhibit (commercial) or Demonstration (non-commercial)
  • Performance? Interaction? Service?
    Propose any other format of participation + explain how it works

See the description of session formats for further details.

Multiple Proposals

Please co-ordinate your proposals with your collaborators. Multiple proposals about the same project will not be successful. Proposals for sessions should be submitted as individual papers with a covering note. Each paper will be reviewed individually. Full sessions are rarely accepted.


Paper proposals will be accepted until September 30, 2008. Demonstration proposals will be accepted until December 31, 2008.

Submit your proposal using our on-line form.

All accepted papers must be submitted in written form, according to the Guidelines, by January 31, 2009.

Proposal Review

MW2009 Program Committee and the MW2009 Co-Chairs will review all proposals and make selections for the conference program.

The Program Committee will communicate its decision by email to the address(es) given in your proposal. Successful proposers must return the Speaker Acceptance Form (PDF).

Acceptance may be conditional upon refining the proposal, and may require the submission of a revised abstract. The Committee may judge that a different format is more appropriate for the proposed content, e.g. a Demonstration rather than a formal Paper, and offer an alternative slot in the program.

The decision of the MW2009 Program Committee is final.

Written Papers

Written papers are required for all presentation types except Demonstrations and Workshops (where they may be optionally submitted). Papers are due January 31, 2009, and must follow the Guidelines for Papers.

Meeting Registration

All paper presenters are expected to register for the full MW2009 conference and pay the appropriate fees. See the Registration page for details.

Further Details?

For more information contact the MW2009 Conference Co-Chairs
David Bearman + Jennifer Trant by e-mail to