This is a live blog of the AmbITion Re:connected event at the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester. If you spot any errors or inaccuracies or would simply like to contribute to the conversation, leave us a comment!
Panel discussion featuring Millicent Jones from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO), Ruth Gould from DaDa (Disability and Deaf Arts) and David Leek and Stephen Freeman from New Wolsey Theatre (NWT).
Q: At the start of the project, Adrian worried that AmbITion would be about creating 15 websites.
What can the organisations just profiled share about what their new websites did for their organisations?
NWT: Everyone wanted their own space online and it’s been about integrating ideas into one manageable website.
DaDa: on working with web developers. Most have their own ideas about what the website should be. Talk in ‘geek speak’ (paraphrased). Ended up going with the company that made every thing clear and easy to understand.
Q: Question from Dave Moutrey of Cornerhouse in the audience asking about the issue of integration. Is there a way to simplify things?
NWT : Every tender document we put out stressed the need for integration of all their technology. Problems from the supply side, Artifax are the only supplier of ticket marketing systems for their specific industry.
RLPO: Integration an issue they’re still dealing with.
DaDa: they are concerned about how people see them as well. At a position now to decide what they wanted from technology. Now have the opportunity to train people and develop people digitally. Still, not easy to do as they are under-resourced as an organisation.
Q: Someone from the floor comments on wanting more of a focus on AmbITion sharing knowledge about integration problems. Sounds like someone is trying to rip off the arts sector!
NWT: shares that they have worked with organisations (Patronbase) who are brilliant at trying to develop systems that work not just for them but for other companies in the sector.
Next: break for lunch. Phew!
Back after lunch and it’s more case studies. Litfest, Ludus Dance and Hoi Polloi talk about creating great digital content and conecting with audiences.