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Dr Tim Mansfield appointed CEO of the Interaction Consortium in a management reshuffle

After 7 years of operation, the Interaction Consortium (IC) co-founders Drs Greg Turner and Alastair Weakley are stepping down as CEO and COO respectively. While they continue to devote themselves full-time to the IC in two newly-created roles, and will remain as directors, and appointed Dr Tim Mansfield as the IC’s new CEO.

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Who hired that guy? 6 ways the wrong CMS is like your shittiest co-worker

It wastes your time, makes you do extra work, and under no circumstances should you trust it. The wrong CMS is a lot like your worst colleague.

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SFMOMA site launch

It’s been many months of hard work in the making, and in the hearts and imaginations of some, many years. The day is finally here when we can announce the launch of SFMOMA’s new website.

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SyDjango meetup September 2015

Matt Stevenson is a Django and SyDjango veteran. This month's meetup was his first as organiser, and it was one of our biggest gatherings yet. There were great speakers and plenty of pizza and beer, a recipe for perfection if we ever saw one.

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So what is the future of Content Management?

This week we wrap up our Fourth Generation CMS series. We'd love to hear what you have to say, or if you think we missed anything, so click through and do what you do.

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PyconAU 2015

Last month we packed our bags, tied a bow on our office python, Pyklet, and headed to sunny Brisbane for PyConAU, of which IC was a sponsor.

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Support Collaborative Content Development (Future of CMS 7)

The 4th Generation CMS needs to make the creation and maintenance of complex, structured content enjoyable.

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New arts and performance space in Chippendale

We’ve already got the White Rabbit Gallery, and now Chippendale - the IC’s hood - is about to get distinctly more GLAM.

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Design for diverse channels from the content out (Future of CMS 6)

With decoupling and multi-platform publishing, design for the web must be supported better than ever, but alongside design for other platforms.

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Integrate Interactive Publishing Channels (Future of CMS 5)

A 4th Generation CMS needs to be able to flexibly publish to a diversity of channels including mobile, emerging consumer devices, social media and many other emerging channels.

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Integrate With Sources Of Content (Future of CMS 4)

A modern CMS needs to be able to integrate with various systems as sources of content and other information.

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Happy 10th Birthday, Django!

This month Django turned 10 years old. We talked to some of our developers about how Django has changed their lives.

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Provide Modular, Structured Content (Future of Content Management 3)

Instead of pretending that most content is just lumps of text, we develop content structures that preserve the important distinctions in complex content.

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Keep Content Independent of Presentation (Future of Content Management 2)

Decoupling - keeping content and its presentation separate - seems obvious. So why don't the most popular CMSes do it?

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The Future of Content Management – Part 1

This week, we kick off a series of blog posts to summarise what we found out about what a Fourth Generation CMS will need. It will be a very different beast to a lot of what we currently think of as a CMS.

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Woody.tv site launch

The most solid, long-lasting structures are those that are built thoughtfully out of the best materials from their bones outward. No shortcuts, no hacked solution piled upon wobbly hacked solution. A website built in Django -- like the one we built for woody.tv -- is like that: strong from its core, and nimble, ready to go in any direction.

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Greg appointed to the Django Code of Conduct Committee

Greg's appointment to the Django Code of Conduct committee exemplifies IC's commitment to integrity and inclusion.

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What year is it? Things you shouldn't do with timezones

Timezones are tricky. They make it uncertain that certain times of day can occur in certain places. They can make the same time happen twice in a day. And to boot, they're always changing, flying in the face of common sense. But when a website is accessed by users around the world, ignoring timezones can create even more havoc.

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Need a datavis team? You may already have one

How do you bring data visualisation into your organisation? Who are the right people to assemble into a team? Chances are, the skills and resources you need are already part of your organisation, ready to amplify the value of data in the day to day.

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Stepping Up site launch

We’re proud to announce the launch of Stepping Up, a NSW Health recruitment website that helps aboriginal job seekers and government hiring managers in the recruitment process.

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The future of GLAMkit

Our project for SFMOMA is underway, which means the next generation of GLAMkit is well and truly in the works. GLAMkit is the IC’s content platform for galleries, libraries, archives and museums. It’s our goal to make it the best GLAM content platform in the world and with that goal in mind, big, exciting changes are coming. We caught up with our CEO, Greg, to get the inside scoop.

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Hello! My name is Tim and I come from the future.

Futurist drinking coffee

Maybe you remember the interview with me from last year on IC’s website. I’ve been working as a researcher in Futures Studies at Queensland University of Technology until recently and in the last couple of years I’ve been running a consultancy called “Action Foresight” with my two friends José Ramos and Gareth Priday.

Sounds a bit complicated, right? When people at parties ask what I do, I tend to say I’m a futurist, but people often aren’t certain what I’m talking about. I don’t, for instance, mean I’m a member of an Italian art movement obsessed with racing cars and war.

If my questioner seems keen, I might add that I’m an interdisciplinary researcher who uses techniques to track, study and understand long-term patterns of change in society. As a consultant ...

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Ministry of Sound site launch

We pulled out all the stops, and from the front-end design to the back-end development, we did the entire Ministry of Sound project in house. We think it turned out pretty sick. (Sick meaning cool, not sick meaning ill. Do the kids even say that anymore? Better run it by Ministry of Sound).

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Bundanon Trust site launch

Hear that? That’s the sound of another carefully-crafted website - Bundanon Trust’s website, in this case - leaving the IC nest. With its satisfying mix of rich content and meaty technical challenges, this website was the quintessential IC project, and we’re really proud of the result.

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In Conversation: Mikey Leung Part 2

We catch up with Mikey Leung, the founder of Digital Storytellers, and learn the three most important elements of telling a great story, and the essential technologies to tell it.

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We're hiring!

We're looking for a Business Development Manager. Get in touch if you think you're our woman or man.

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San Francisco bound

This month the IC sent a team to San Francisco. We came for SFMOMA, and we're staying for the awesome opportunity to help redefine the museum experience online.

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Mission: Escape the Room

As if they didn't spend enough time overcoming challenges on the job, last week the IC team set forth to conquer some fiendish escape-the-room puzzles. Did they succeed?

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Pathfinder night at IC

There were half-orcs, goblins, pizza and of course plenty of beer. What goes on when you play Pathfinder?

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In Conversation: Katja Hartung, Creative Director, Toben

Veteran designer and creative director for Toben, Katja Hartung, tells us about how the industry has changed since the noughties, and what that all means for designers today.

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In Conversation: John Stack, Head of Digital Transformation, Tate Modern

Digital is changing everything. Head of Digital, John Stack of Tate London, tells us how the museum is taking advantage of this huge opportunity, and giving audiences what they've grown to expect: the chance to participate.

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In Conversation: Mark Pesce, Futurist, Inventor

Can technology be used to deepen and extend our capabilities or is it simply going to be used to make us more like couch potatoes? According to futurist and inventor, Mark Pesce, the answer is up to the designers and the users.

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In Conversation: Julien Phalip, Django Core Developer

Django core developer and Nurun Technical Director, Julien Phalip, describes why, after years of struggling with PHP, discovering Django was a breath of fresh air.

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In Conversation: Tom Dawkins, Founder StartSomeGood

How do we create a world of changemakers? Tom Dawkins, founder of crowdfunding platform for social impact projects, StartSomeGood, tells us how technology can help.

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In Conversation: Keir Winesmith, Head of Web and Digital Platforms, SFMOMA

How does a museum keep audiences interested when it's closing its doors for three years? Keir Winesmith, Head of Web and Digital Platforms at SFMOMA, tells us what it's like to be part of rebuilding something that's "like...a seven-storey football field worth of art and storytelling in the middle of downtown San Francisco."

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How to write a good brief

We see briefs from potential clients all the time. Some are fantastic, and some are a bit...lacking. In the hope of creating a future packed full of pithy, information-rich briefs, we've put together a primer on how to write the sort of brief that will help your developers (us!) build you the website or piece of technology that before now, you've hardly dared to dream of.

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In Conversation: Evan Predavec, Geek in Sydney

Our world is being filled with technology that's mediated by programmers writing code. Sydney's favourite geek Evan Predavec talks about how incorporating programming into the school curriculum is essential to preparing our children for the future.

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Showcasing the AGNSW & MCA collections

Integrating technologies can be a complex challenge, and working with great partners can make all the difference. Read about how we worked with collections software managers Vernon Systems on our work with AGNSW and MCA to achieve very different things for very different clients.

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In Conversation: Mikey Leung, Founder Digital Storytellers

Digital Storytellers is an agency for telling stories of positive social change. Founder Mikey Leung talks about leveraging technology to reach the audiences of those stories.

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In Conversation: Tim Mansfield, futurist

Has the pace of changing technology caused us as a society to enter into a state of future shock? Futurist Tim Mansfield talks about our ability to cope with change, and how Facebook is allowing us to recreate the village square.

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Why Django?

What's a Django? Isn't a Python a snake? These and other mind-blowing questions answered in our post about why we use Django, the web framework for perfectionists with deadlines.

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In Conversation: Suse Cairns, museum technology theorist

What does the web mean for institutions that are so tied to their physical spaces and objects? What is the function of a museum today? Museum technology theorist Suse Cairns talks to us about engaging audiences and the marriage of the physical and digital museum experience.

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In Conversation: Jason McDermott, new media artist

"Together we can create far more than we can in isolation" is the mantra of Jason McDermott, new media artist. Jason talks to us about his collaborative works for the Vivid Sydney Festival, and bizarre and surprising audience behaviour.

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Syrinscape, a tabletop evolution

A brilliant interface you say? Why thank you! The Pathfinder Chronicles reviews Syrinscape, our sound player app for table-top, role-playing games.

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Art is calling - our favourite exhibits this weekend

They're forecasting rain in Sydney this weekend. Here are some beautiful exhibitions that will keep you happily indoors.

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Important security advisory: Heartbleed

Heartbleed is a serious bug that means any password you may have transmitted over HTTPS on any site in the past 2 years might have been compromised. Here's how you can protect yourself.

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Join us for April's SyDjango hacknight

Talks, hacks, pizza and beer!

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In Conversation: Koven Smith, Consultant - Kinetic Museums

We talk to the Denver Art Museum's former Director of Technology Koven Smith about disruptive technology, the changing role of the curator and what it all means for the museum sector.

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In Conversation: Russell Keith-Magee, Django core developer

Without Russ Keith-Magee, Django as it is today would not exist. He talks to us about the nature of Django developers and his wishlist for the future.

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In Conversation: Mike Ellis, digital strategist

Digital strategist Mike Ellis talks to us about museums and the web, and his ideas for solving the sector's funding struggle.

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In Conversation: Josh Harle, new media artist

New media artist Josh Harle talks to us about his 3D reconstruction of the Museum of Contemporary Art and how technology affects our experience of physical space.

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In Conversation: Nate Solas, software developer

Nate Solas, Senior New Media Developer at the Walker Center in Minneapolis talks to us about in-house development teams in museums and websites that function as "virtual wings."

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In Conversation: Renae Mason, digital producer

Renae Mason, a digital producer focussed on the arts, music and publishing, joins us to discuss her latest project with Penguin Books Australia and the future of online publishing.

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In Conversation: George Khut, new media artist

We talked to George Khut, a new media artist, about his collaboration with Westmead Children's Hospital and other interactive projects.

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