Exhibits on Demand—Project Goals and Approach

Museums world-wide are deploying both virtual exhibits and multimedia collections for use by researchers, educators and the general public. With today\\\’s technology, users searching for thematic information from multiple autonomous sites must perform a series of separate processes to locate a reference list to relevant sites, search each site for relevant information, extract relevant data, and construct a local collection for ?off-line? development of an integrated presentation. The users? problem can be summarized as a need for methods and tools to assist in locating, accessing, and extracting relevant information from multimedia, multi-database systems developed and maintained by autonomous museums. Two principal problems hinder support for location and access to multiple data sources. First, there is a lack of agreement on how semantically consistent metadata for description of data collections should be created. Thereafter a user-friendly query language and processing system must be developed to support the formulation of search criteria, search in a multi-database space, and integrate and present the search results. This paper presents the motivation, goals, and approach taken for a newly started project that aims to develop methods and tools to address these problems by integrating and extending existing methods and tools developed separately for metadata, multimedia, and multi-database management. The primary goal is to develop a system to support dynamic generation of specialized collections as the result of an easy-to-use query language to multiple museum collections, i.e. a system to support exhibits-on-demand.

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About Titus Bicknell

Titus Bicknell (born September 24, 1971) is a technologist, co-founder of pink ink. and TheGalleryChannel.com and co-principal of Museums and the Web LLC. Apart from a fascinating stint at NBC Universal in 2007-8 working on the big screen, Titus has spent the last 10 years exploring the small screen both web and hand held. As Chief Engineer at Antenna Audio and subsequently Head of Mobile Technologies at Discovery Communications, he was fortunate to participate in ground breaking hand held projects at Tate Modern, the Louvre, Pompidou, the Intel Museum, and the Getty, among others. As Director of Business & Production systems at Hendricks Investment Holdings, he developed production workflows for documentary and publicity programming, live sports event in-stadium broadcasting and asset optimization for mobile and portable app development, as well as overseeing the Property Management, IS and online systems for Gateway Canyons Resort, Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum and Discovery Retreats. As Chief Engineer at MyDiscovery, a new division of Discovery Communications, Titus oversaw the inception of a community life-long learning platform that forms part of Learnist through a major joint venture between Discovery and Grockit. As VP Digital Platforms and Chief Engineer and then Lead Architect, Digital Innovation at Discovery, he managed systems architecture and engineering, software architecture and back end development for Discovery’s web and mobile portfolio, defining the key digital opportunities and technical requirements for the growing non-linear content and user experience. Titus is currently Chief Digital Officer for RLJ Entertainment. At various times Titus has been a film maker, Latin scholar, avid cyclist and a plugin developer for the WordPress open source platform.

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