For the second installment of this series I found two science museum blogs, one general museum resource and a podcast.
Science Buzz (Science Museum of Minnesota)
This blog addresses current science related topics with medium length writing (a few paragraphs) which shares some online resources and invites dialog. The goal of Science Buzz from their about page:
We’re trying to create exhibits and web content that offer opportunities to dig deeper into science headlines, and give you a chance to talk with each other and with scientists about your questions and concerns.
The science museum also has a atalhöyk Excavation Blog for their Mysteries of atalhöyk project. That blog doesn’t seem to be currently active (last post in August 2005) but it is still online serving as an archive of an event/time.
Science Buzz is published with Drupal and a combination of custom PHP/MySQL code.
RedShift Now: Feild Diaries (Ontario Science Centre)
Different scientists around the world who are actively doing research are set up with blogs. Currently there are 8 different scientists featured on the page. From their Field Diary page:
Real science doesn’t just happen in a lab. Get first-hand information from scientists all over the planet as they send back reports from the field.
While not a blog itself the RedShift Now makes interesting use of methodologies generally associated with blogging. There is a section for short articles called Science Briefs, a regular syndication of content via RSS in the form of a podcast and an area for comments.
Assembly… of the Museums Australia education group
A project of Museums Australia, museum educators seem to be posting a couple times a month on this site. It’s been up since June 2005 and they are inviting other members of Museums Australia to post. The goal of the site from the about page:
*support and advocate learning as a core function of museums
*cultivate best practice in museums by sharing news, ideas and experience of programs and research
Assembly… is published with WordPress
While a podcast is not technically a blog it is a regular syndication of content via RSS which, current internet buzzwords aside, is one of the most interesting things about blogging. It looks like the podcast just started but their first one is 13 minutes of high quality audio with polished production values and a lot of information.