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Juha van 't Zelfde

Hi Beth,

the design is indeed an interesting attempt to show the hidden data of the museum. Perhaps it is addressing visitors in an 'American' way, just as sports in the US are very quantified with stats about anything. I tend to like it, although it is rather unfortunate it is not a real-time and flexible dashboard (and the other arguments aforementioned). Nevertheless, it is an elegant and intuitive strategy that stands out in the museum world.



Agree that some context would help, but disagree about the trends over time. You have to dig a little (and links are missing in some frustrating places), but check out:
The visitation numbers, with live graphs of the day's, week's and year's figures.

And time on Website, with numbers from the previous several months.

Follow the "More" links from data points on the Financial page, and you can see the intent to provide data over time, though there's currently only 2 months' data available.

Also, I think the flipside to absence of context is absence of spin, though there's some context/spin inherent in the selection of data points. But, for instance, while it's great that expenditures are 6% under budget, they're 10% under budget for revenue. Now the assumption I have to make, since they don't provide absolute budget data, is that their YTD revenue projections aren't evenly divided, and they have not only to meet more aggressive end-of-year targets in November & December, but make up some lost ground to avoid running a deficit this year.



I'm the Chief Information Officer at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and am happy that you generally like what we've done to date with the Dashboard!

Just wanted to let you know some of our plans for moving the Dashboard forward since we're certainly not finished quite yet ;)

Each Dashboard node is updated by staff of the museum according to a different update frequency as it makes sense... (i.e. our horticulture folks generally keep track of their planting activities on a quarterly basis, so you'll see the statistics related to planting changing only once every 3 or 4 months as we get new information)

We keep track and display the history of every node, so as we add new values and measurements, you'll be able to see a history of previous values. As we get more historical information for each statistic, we've design the software to be able to generate graphs and charts eventually... we just havn't been doing this long enough to have enough data.

We'd like to add more automation into some of these statistics where we can so that we can update them more frequently. This has proven to be more easy with our automated attendance than with other statistics. We also want to make sure that this information remains accurate, and so, want to encourage staff members to keep an eye on statistics they are responsible for.

We're also planning on fleshing out the content in the more sections a bit more over time. Hopefully, this can offer a layer of context to why we care about certain stats and what we hope to achieve by measuring them.

In addition to being a tool by which the public can keep track of what's going on here... we also plan to use this same information in tracking for ourselves our own performance over time!

If you have more questions or suggestions of things you'd like to see tracked... you can contact us at
web at imamuseum dot org

Thanks Again,


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