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An internal presentation I put together to get approval for a competition that will ask people to create mashed up interfaces with our collections data. We'll make object data from our collections ...

An internal presentation I put together to get approval for a competition that will ask people to create mashed up interfaces with our collections data. We'll make object data from our collections database created for the gallery available so that people can link it with whatever interface or datasets they think will make a great presentation for the general public.

I'm sharing it because it might help other people get similar projects approved, and because I'd love to work with other institutions who might have data that would work with ours.

Ultimately, it shouldn't be about the technology, it should be about having fun and creating new insights into our Cosmos and Culture collection.

More information as it's developed at http://sciencemuseumdiscovery.com/blogs/museumdev/

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    Cosmos And Culture Mashup - experimenting with new ways of publishing Science Museum objects online Cosmos And Culture Mashup - experimenting with new ways of publishing Science Museum objects online Presentation Transcript

    • Cosmos and culture mashup competition ‘celebrate cutting-edge astronomical technology alongside stunning objects from our world-class historical collections’
    • Objectives • Make best use of the limited (10K) budget and staff time to get the highest impact web presence for Cosmos & Culture • Experiment with new ways of making objects available via the web • Experiment with new ways of attracting user-generated content
    • What is a mashup? • Combines data from one or more sources or visualisation tools into a single integrated interface – takes existing information and shows it to you in a unique way • Wikipedia: ‘easy, fast integration, frequently done by access to open APIs and data sources to produce results that were not the original goal of the data owners’ • Multisource or presentation mashups
    • Geo-located services
    • Maps
    • What is an API? • A set of programming instructions and standards for accessing a Web-based software application • API documentation from planningalerts.com: • Single Location by postcode – Return applications near a given postcode. The area included is a square either 400m (s), 800m (m) or 4000m (l) with the postcode at it's center. – http://www.planningalerts.com/api.php?call=postcode &postcode=[some postcode]&area_size=['s' 'm' or 'l'] • Single Location by longitude/latitude – Return applications near a given longitude/latitude. The area included is a square either 400m (s), 800m (m) or 4000m (l) with the longitude/latitude at its center. – http://www.planningalerts.com/api.php?call=point &lat=[some latitude]&lng=[some longitude]area_size=['s' 'm' or 'l']
    • What are the benefits of this method? • Possible big impact with small budget • Ties in with key C&C messages - astronomy is inspirational, amateur astronomers can still make important contributions. • Provide our audiences with new visualisations and interpretative contexts for objects
    • How are mashups made? • Decide what you’re making – Maps, timelines, images, • Decide where your data is coming from – Our API will provide information about C&C objects – Google, Yahoo, Amazon, IBM, provide APIs and data visualisation tools – Other public domain data sources? • Work out technical issues – do you have the programming, user experience, design expertise you need? What framework will you use? Where will you host it? Do you need to find team mates? • Start designing, programming, testing
    • How would the competition work? • Judging, criteria? • What would competitors submit? • What will that produce for our audiences? • What do the winners get?
    • Criteria - examples • ‘Mashup Awards’ judged on: uniqueness, creativity, utility, content and user experience • JISC dev8D Developer Decathlon: The evaluation criteria for the competition were: relevance to the user problems, coolness, usability, plausibility for adoption, functionality, overall. “These criteria are only provided as a guide to entrants and to judges as some may not be relevant for all submissions. The only criteria that is not flexible is relevance to the user problems.”
    • What would people submit? • Hosting • Code • Licensing issues • Platform documentation
    • What will that produce for our audiences? • This is the big question! • Mashups can present a synthesis of information sources and visualisation that provide new insights into our collections and provide methods of exploring related data that go far beyond the visitors’ initial query
    • Scheduling impacts? • Centenary press and marketing campaign • ‘summer of space’ – six week marketing campaign • 'MoonWatch' and other International Year of Astronomy 2009 events • Cosmos and Culture gallery opening