Museums and the Web

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DAM_SCOUT: A mobile experience platform at the Denver Art Museum

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mobile
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content management
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publication platform
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iPhone app
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android
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digital mobile museum tour
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This presentation will be a demonstration of the capabilities of the DAM_SCOUT mobile application platform, developed in 2011 at the Denver Art Museum. Visitors to the demonstration will be taken through a number of the possible scenarios enabled by the platform, including traditional tours, sharing, long-term narratives, person-based content triggering, and others.

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Demonstration - show your project
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Bridging the Physical and Virtual Experiences: Two Approaches by the Museum of Inuit Art

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digital mobile museum tour
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website
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QR codes
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Google Art Project
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virtual tour
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audience interaction
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The Museum of Inuit Art has been experimenting over the past year with strategies to better connect our varied audiences with the museum’s collections. Many of our visitors are not local members of the community and so pursuing initiatives to share content with them on the web has been a primary goal.

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Demonstration - show your project
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Explorer - Mobile Navigation and Interpretation at the American Museum of Natural History

Linda Perry-Lube and Melissa Lefkowitz, American Museum of Natural History, USA

http://www.amnh.org/apps/explorer.php

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This paper advocates a visitor-centric approach to designing a solution for navigation and interpretation. The American Museum of Natural History iPhone application Explorer combines state of the art location awareness, interpretation, and social networking to deliver an enhanced visitor experience both onsite and online. AMNH had four objectives with this project: to facilitate visitor navigation, to provide an application that appeals to visitors and encourages repeat visits, to enhance exhibit information without detracting from the exhibits themselves; and to anneal visitors' onsite and online experiences. This paper examines the reasoning behind utilizing a mobile device for wayfinding; the choice of the iPhone platform; the challenge of bringing "GPS indoors" and the resultant technical solution; feature set determination and usability; the role of mobile devices in the pre- and post-Museum visit continuum; the challenges of curated mobile content creation; deploying the application on Museum-supplied devices and through the iTunes store; and marketing of the device and app. The authors present the challenges faced by the American Museum of Natural History in executing a cross-Museum enterprise and share lessons learned, in order to offer the wider museum community an opportunity to build on our experience and expertise.

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Developing Dynamic Visitors Guides, Floor plans, Mobile Navigation and Location Awareness

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location aware mobile computing
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digital mobile museum tour
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WI-FI triangulation
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iphone
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iTouch
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mobile phones
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Workshop examines the processes to identify visitors’ navigation and interpretation needs; and develop and deploy dynamic wayfinding, mapping, tours and visitor guides. Attendees will review the American Museum of Natural History Explorer implementation as a case study. Members of the Museum’s Digital Media department, Networking/IT department and the Museum’s development partner, Spotlight Mobile will share how they developed and deployed the Explorer iPhone app.

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Workshop - full or half day
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Explorer - Mobile Navigation and Interpretation at the American Museum of Natural History

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wayfinding
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explorer
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navigation
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application
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iphone
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iTouch
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mobile phones
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collection
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downloadable
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digital mobile museum tour
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location awareness
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This paper advocates a visitor-centric approach to designing a solution for navigation and interpretation.  The American Museum of Natural History iPhone application Explorer combines state of the art location awareness, interpretation, and social networking to deliver an enhanced visitor experience both onsite and online.  AMNH had three objectives with this project: to facilitate vi

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Paper - in formal session