Museums and the Web

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Overcoming Barriers to Adopting a Mobile or Tablet App

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collection
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iPad
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android
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Apps for museums are here to stay. But for many institutions, there are still questions about when and how to get started. Join us as we discuss how adopting an iPad kiosk or mobile app is easier than you may think. You'll also learn tips for creating Social Engagement, Walking Tours, Scavenger Hunts, Accessibility Features and more.

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Exhibitor Briefing - discuss your product. Confirmed Exhibitors only
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Design of an Appreciation Support System for Public Art Using Mobile Phones

Kiyoka Fushimi, Hiroshima Kokusai Gakuin University, Japan; Hirokazu Yoshimura, Hosei University, Japan; Hiromi Sekiguchi, Oita Prefectural College of Arts and College, Japan; Takahiro Anasako, Hiroshima Kokusai Gakuin University, Japan; Hiroyuki Une, Hiroshima Kokusai Gakuin University, Japan; and Karin Barac, Griffith University, Australia

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The purpose of this study is the development of a navigation system that will help enhance appreciation for urban art by connecting viewers with other people's thoughts and opinions of art pieces. Hiroshima, located in western Japan, has many works of public art that have assumed a theme of peace. However, in Japan, it seems that the appreciation of art is restricted to the elite, and the majority of people do not seem interested enough to visit art museums. We have designed a system that allows users to share an appreciation of public art in urban spaces by using their mobile phones.

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Mobile Phones and Visitor Tracking

Julian Bickersteth, Smarttrack and International Conservation Services, Sydney, Australia; and Christopher Ainsley, Shoppertrak, USA

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Google Analytics provides museums with extensive data around visits to their virtual sites. Physical visits and directional paths which visitors take around museums are currently much harder to monitor. This paper discusses the opportunity that mobile phone Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and TMSI signals provide to allow visitor tracking. The resulting data has potentially great value to museums in understanding how exhibitions and museum spaces are used, in forming exhibition design, assessing the return on investment of interactives, and even profiling visitors. A pilot study undertaken in the retail sector is discussed.

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Mobile Phones and Visitor Tracking

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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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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Art App-reciation: Fostering engagement and reflection in museums through a social mobile application

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social
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human-computer interaction
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Novice museum visitors often lack the skills for interpreting and engaging with works of art on display. We have observed visitors glossing through exhibits lacking the capacity to make meaning from art viewing.

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Paper - in formal session

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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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

Design of an Appreciation Support System for Public Art Using Mobile Phones

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user-centered design
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collaboration
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mobile phones
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public art
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art appreciation
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The purpose of this study is the development of a navigation system that will help enhance appreciation for urban art by connecting viewers with other people’s thoughts and opinions of art pieces. Hiroshima, located in western Japan, has many works of public art that have assumed a theme of peace.

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Paper - in formal session