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Rhizomatic Art Stories - Balancing between Innovation and Usability

Annette Rosenvold Hvidt and Merete Sanderhoff, SMK National Gallery of Denmark, Denmark

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Abstract

In 2008 SMK, the National Gallery of Denmark, initiated a 5-year digital strategy. A core project of this strategy is Art Stories: an innovative online resource that offers stories and background material about artworks, artists and how they connect. The ambition is to make art history come alive on the Web, utilizing the possibilities offered by digital media. Art Stories was developed over a three-year period in a highly iterative process. Our vision has been to create an 'art history on the terms of the Web' which implies structuring the content in a complex, 'rhizomatic' way. We have repeatedly invited users to discuss and test the concept, hoping to ensure an engaging and intuitively navigable online art experience. This paper goes through the process of developing the site in dialogue with users – but also sometimes against their immediate demands and expectations.

Keywords: Art history, persuasive design, usability, iterative process, lessons learned

Multimedia guide, visitor interaction omnidirectional

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digitization
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usability
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Web 2.0
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cross media
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iPhone application
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blog
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Multimedia Tour
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multimedia tour
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visitor involvement
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exhibition
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mobile interpretation tool
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communication with exhibits
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state-of-the-art
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interact with the exhibition
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NOUS will demonstrate a state-of-the-art visitor engagement and involvement concept with a show case of real interactions from the European Parliament in Brussels/Belgium.

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Exhibitor Briefing - discuss your product. Confirmed Exhibitors only
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Multitouch and Multiuser Design

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design
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usability
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user interface
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multitouch
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multiuser
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open exhibits
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Multitouch and multiuser exhibits are changing the ways in which visitors interact with computer-based exhibits in museums. This half-day workshop will explore the technology and design aspects of multitouch, multiuser exhibit development.

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Workshop - full or half day

Rhizomatic Art Stories – balancing between innovation and usability

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online resources
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rhizome
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serendipity
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syndication
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usability
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art history
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In 2008 SMK National Gallery of Denmark initiated a 5 year digital strategy. A core initiative is Art Stories: an innovative online resource that offers exciting stories and background material about artworks, artists and how they connect. The ambition is to retell the story of art and make it come alive on the web, exploiting the possibilities offered by digital media.

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Paper - in formal session

Scholarly Information Seeking Behaviour in the British Museum Online Collection

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online collections
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information seeking
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user studies
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usability
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scholarly searching
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search strategies
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search
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The vast amounts of digital museum resources available to support scholarship are changing the ways researchers work, offering convenient quick access to a wide selection of cultural heritage content. However, finding information in museums, as well as libraries and archives, is not an easy task.  Collections database information systems can be overwhelming and daunting to many users.

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Paper - in formal session

Location Aware Mobile Interactive Guides: Usability Issues

Broadbent, J. (1997).  Location Aware Mobile Interactive Guides: Usability Issues. Museum Interactive Multimedia 1997: cultural heritage systems design and interfaces. Selected Papers from ichim97.