Willy Lee talks about re-use in museums. The premise is simple. Museum websites do the same thing over and over again. This is especially true for art museums, less so for science museums.
The data is the same “type” of stuff. The name, date, label, etc. The question is, what are the big data types we have the can be reused and used again later?
You define the data that goes in, and then what comes out. It doesn’t matter as much what happens on the backend, as long as the output is consistent and useable to the viewer.
It’s easy to display a new set of data in the same presentation layer. Basically just query different data, and output to the same template. You can also use different templates with the same logic, even if displaying different data.
The new Asia site from MIA, separates content from the design. Simply remove the stylesheet call from the URL, and you can take out or change the entire design of the site via CSS.
The talk was pretty short and went over things pretty quickly (as you can probably tell from the notes). I was expecting a little more detail on actual planning. What goes into planning? What are the struggles? What things should be considered when doing so? What lessions were learned? These subjects weren’t addressed as much as I had hoped.