Selected Talks & Publications


Stein, Robert. Making Plans for the Unknown. Keynote Address. Illinois Library Association. Chicago, IL. October, 2019.


Stein, Robert, Sina Bahram, and Pattie Reeves. Developing For The Broadest Access: Practical Strategies For Creating Accessible Digital Products. Professional Forum. Museums and the Web 2018. Vancouver, CA. April 2018.

Rao, Seema and Stein, Robert. To journey in Twitter canoes: Methods to understand the mechanisms and meaning in Twitter conversationsMW18: MW 2018. Published February 6, 2018.

Stein, Robert. 2018. Seeing Through a Global Lens. Keynote Address. 2018 Working Internationally Conference. ICOM-UK and UK Museum Directors. Edinburgh, Scotland. March 2018.

Stein, Robert. 2018. Advocacy Power Tools: New Data to Advance Your Efforts. Featured Presentation. Museums Advocacy Day 2018. Washington, D.C. February 2018.


Oxford Economics, Stein, Robert. Museums as Economic Engines: A National Study of Economic Impact.Research and Report. American Alliance of Museums. December 2017.

Stein, Robert. 2017. When the Library Meets the Network. Keynote Address, Sharing is Caring 2017. Aarhus, Denmark. November, 2017.

Marcelo Araujo, David Anderson, Robert Stein, and Américo Castilla. 2017. The Museum as a Socio-Political Actor. Panel Discussion. El Museo Reimaginado 2017. Medellín, Colombia. November, 2017.


Stein, Robert, Kaywin Feldman, Seb Chan, Colleen Dilenschneider, Kari Alldredge. 2016. The Line between Creepy and Cool: Getting Data Driven Decisions Right. American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO. May 2016.

Stein, Robert. 2016. A Body in Balance: Imagining an Ecology of Museums. Keynote Presentation, Visitor Experience Conference. Philadelphia, PA. April 2016.

Stein, Robert. 2016. Making Sense of the Storm: Knowledge and the Future of Museum Publishing. Keynote Presentation, National Museum Publishing Seminar, Chicago, IL, May 12.


Stein, Robert. 2015a. Connecting to Visitors at Scale: How a Data-Driven Approach to Visitor Engagement Can Help Museums Reach Large Audiences Effectively. Invited Lecture, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea, April.

Stein, Robert. 2015b. Charting the Course: Using Data in the Museum to Explore, Innovate, and Reach New Audiences. Keynote presented at the We Are Museums 2015, Berlin, Germany, June 3.

Stein, Robert. 2015c. Museums… So What?In CODE|WORDS: Technology and Theory in the Museum, 268. MuseumsETC.


Stein, Robert, Ed Rodley, and Susan Cairns. 2014. CODE | WORDS: Technology and Theory in the Museum An Experiment in Online Publishing and Discourse. CODE | WORDS Technology and Theory in the Museum. May 9.

Stein, Robert, and Bruce Wyman. 2014. Seeing the Forest and the Trees: How Engagement Analytics Can Help Museums Connect to Audiences at Scale. Lecture presented at the Museums and the Web, Baltimore, MD, April 2.

Stein, Robert. 2014a. Connecting the Dots: How Digital Methods Become the Glue That Binds Cultural Heritage to Contemporary Society. Keynote presented at the Museums and the Web Florence 2014, Florence, Italy, February 19.

Stein, Robert. 2014b. Friends with Benefits: How a Platform of Engagement Can Drive Decision-Making and Impact in Museums.Invited Lecture presented at the Museum Trustees Association Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX, April.

Stein, Robert. 2014c. Museums… So What?CODE | WORDS Technology and Theory in the Museum. June 4.

Stein, Robert. 2014d. Experience Mining: Understanding Cultural Participation in Museums. Keynote presented at the Museums and the Web Asia 2014, Daejeon, South Korea, October 8.

Stein, Robert. 2014e. Reading the Tea Leaves: Global Opportunities for Tomorrow’s Museums. Keynote presented at the Communicating the Museum, Sydney, AUS, October 12.


Stein, Robert. 2013a. Museums and Civic Responsibility. Invited Lecture presented at the Association of Art Museum Curators Annual Meeting, New York, NY, May 5.

Stein, Robert. 2013b. Participation at Scale: Leveraging Incentive and Gamification to Promote Museum Engagement. Invited Lecture presented at the MuseumNext 2013, Amsterdam, NL, May 13.

Stein, Robert, and Bruce Wyman. 2013. Nurturing Engagement: How Technology and Business Model Alignment Can Transform Visitor Participation in the Museum. In Museums and the Web 2013. Portland, OR: Museums and the Web.


Stein, Robert. 2012a. Museum Innovation: Risk, Experimentation and New Ideas. Museum ID.

Stein, Robert. 2012b. Conversation & Collaboration: Strategies to Cultivate Meaningful Engagement with Cultural Audiences. Invited Lecture presented at the New Media Seminar Series – Bard Graduate Center, New York, NY, February 22.

Stein, Robert. 2012c. Desperately Seeking Innovation: Making Connections between Art and Science. Dimensions Magazine: Association of Science and Technology Centers, April.

Stein, Robert. 2012d. Chiming in on Museums and Participatory Culture. Curator: The Museum Journal55 (2).

Stein, Robert. 2012e. Designing for Engagement: Changing the Museum to Build Participation. Invited Lecture presented at the NODEM 2012 Hong Kong Future Culture: [In]tangible Heritage | Design | Cross Media. MWA2013, Hong Kong, December 5.

Filippini-Fantoni, Silvia, and Robert Stein. 2012. Exploring the Relationship Between Visitor Motivation and Engagement in Online Museum Audiences. In Museums and the Web 2012. San Diego, CA: Museums and the Web.


Stein, Robert. 2011a. Crowd-Sourcing Art History: Research and Applications of Social Tagging for Museums. In Research Infrastructures in the Digital Humanities, 18–19. Strasbourg, FR: European Science Foundation.

Stein, Robert. 2011b. Towards a Reputation Economy: How Openness and Transparency Become a Central Business Strategy. Invited Lecture presented at the DISH2011: Digital Strategies for Cultural Heritage, Rotterdam, NL, December.


Stein, Robert. 2010a. Visitors as Data: Creating a Reinforcing Relationship with User Engagement. presented at the WebWise 2010, Denver, CO, March.

Stein, Robert. 2010b. ArtBabble: Exploring Collaborative Content and Niche Portals. Invited Lecture presented at the MuseumNext 2010, London, UK, April.

Stein, Robert. 2010c. A Clear View on Transparency: The How’s and Why’s of Performance Dashboards for Non-Profits. Invited Lecture presented at the Indiana Non-Profit CPA Society Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, June 10.

Stein, Robert. 2010d. Collaboration through Common Interest. Invited Lecture presented at the OCLC / IMLS Collaboration Forum, Washington, D.C., September 20.


Stein, Robert. 2009. User Generated Content: Examples from Two Sides of the Coin. Invited Lecture presented at the Association of Midwest Museums Annual Conference, Chicago, IL, June.


Stein, Robert. 2008. Institutional Dashboards: The How’s and Why’s of Transparency at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. presented at the Museum Computer Network 2008, Washington, D.C., November.


Chun, Susan, Robert Stein, and Michael Jenkins. 2007. Open Source, Open Access: New Models for Museums. In The Digital Museum: A Think Guide, edited by Herminia Din and Phyllis Hect. Washington, D.C.: American Association of Museums.