[MCN-L] Mobile for Museums report

tona monjo amonjop at uoc.edu
Mon Sep 21 20:23:32 UTC 2009

Thanks for forwarding this message, James. I have just received it also from
the list and this reference has immediately focused my attention. I'll read
in detail. It seems it can be really interesting for us!

On Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 10:07 PM, James William Yoon <james.yoon at utoronto.ca
> wrote:

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Sheila Brennan <sbrennan at gmu.edu>
> Date: Mon, Sep 21, 2009 at 11:38 AM
> Subject: [MCN-L] Mobile for Museums report
> To: mcn-l at mcn.edu
> Hi Folks,
> CHNM Labs recently published a new report, Mobile for Museums, that
> includes
> an assessment of the field, development recommendations, and 3 replicable
> prototypes. Everything is accessible here:
> http://chnm.gmu.edu/labs/mobile-for-museums/ and below is the
> announcement.
> In the Resources section, you will find links to the Museums and Mobile
> Adoption survey results that some of you participated in earlier this year.
> Thank you to everyone who participated and offered suggestions along the
> way.
> Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or comments about the
> report.
> Best wishes,
> Sheila
> ________________________________
> Sheila A. Brennan
> Senior Digital History Associate
> Center for History and New Media
> George Mason University
> 703-879-8366
> sbrennan at gmu.edu
> http://chnm.gmu.edu
> CHNM Labs Report on Mobile Usage in Museums
> CHNM Labs released a new research report today, Mobile for Museums
> http://chnm.gmu.edu/labs/mobile-for-museums/. Funded by the Samuel H.
> Kress
> Foundation, the report assesses how art museums are incorporating mobile
> technologies into visitor experiences and offers replicable mobile
> prototypes based on those findings.
> A survey of the field shows that for many years art museums have been at
> the
> forefront of offering their visitors learning experiences that extend
> beyond
> traditional exhibit labels. That trend continues as art museums add cell
> phone tours, podcasts, and platform-specific applications in an effort to
> capitalize on the commonly-owned portable devices-iPods, MP3 players,
> Blackberries, cell phones-that visitors already carry in their pockets.
> CHNM found that while all genres of museums are very interested in offering
> content and unique experiences using mobiles, their biggest challenge is
> working with small budgets and a small staff, limiting their ability to
> develop content for mobiles.
> To address these needs, Mobile for Museums offers recommendations and free,
> replicable prototypes based on this research on how to economically provide
> mobile users with positive experiences in and outside a museum.
> These prototypes include:
> . New plugins for the Omeka http://omeka.org software package allowing
> institutions to use already-created collections content and re-purpose it
> with plugins for use inside the gallery, including: Send to Mobile, Bar
> Codes, and Social Bookmarking.
> . Website design optimized for cross-platform mobile browsers that is
> accessible by a variety of mobile and smart phones, for possible use
> outside
> of the gallery.
> . A cross-platform application built in PhoneGap that harnesses the
> functionality native to a mobile device.
> These examples are simply proofs of concept, but we hope that by making
> them
> and the code available http://code.google.com/p/art-in-the-city/ we will
> provide the museum community with some fresh possibilities for mobile
> development.
> Finally, the report site includes a dynamic Resources section
> http://chnm.gmu.edu/labs/mobile-for-museums/resources/, with a Yahoo Pipe
> of
> feeds from museum-related websites discussing mobile topics. A public
> Zotero
> group offers a growing, annotated bibliography of current resources, and is
> open for all to join and to contribute other research in the field:
> http://www.zotero.org/groups/mobile_museums/items.
> CHNM encourages collaboration and discussion of our findings and
> prototypes,
> through commenting directly on the site. We hope that this research and
> development will encourage more institutions to share their development and
> experiments with the greater museum community.
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Tona Monjo
Disseny d'interficies | Diseño de interfaces | Interface design
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