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Mobile applications have increasingly become a regular part of the outreach and engagement strategies of many cultural institutions. As smart phone use grows, some organizations have sought to go ...

Mobile applications have increasingly become a regular part of the outreach and engagement strategies of many cultural institutions. As smart phone use grows, some organizations have sought to go beyond typical mobile applications and integrate location-based and augmented reality technology as a way to further access to collections, create new methods for understanding and interpreting the items, and increase communication between the organizations and the communities they serve.

In Spring 2010, the City of Philadelphia Department of Records received an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up grant to investigate mobile augmented reality technology for use in displaying overlays of historic photographs on the current urban landscape. Users simply point the cameras on their smart phones at a location of interest and the historic photographs and selected data related to the site are automatically accessed right through the camera display. The project utilized the resources of PhillyHistory.org, a collaborative online database of historic photographs and maps from five Philadelphia area institutions, and the PhillyHistory.org smart phone web application, a location-based web app that provides access to the collections via iPhone and Android smart phones.

As a growing number of museums and humanities institutions from Philadelphia to London to Sydney are turning their attention to new technologies like augmented reality to revitalize interest in their collections, this paper will examine the state of mobile augmented reality technology and its current and possible applications for use within cultural institutions. Through an exploration and evaluation of the successes and challenges of the Department of Records’ augmented reality project, we will investigate how this technology can be applied to other archives and museums and whether such efforts have proven valuable as an engagement and outreach tool.

A presentation from Museums and the Web 2011 (MW2011).

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MW2011: D. Boyer, Implementing Mobile Augmented Reality Applications for Cultural Institutions Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Implementing Mobile Augmented Reality Applications for Cultural Institutions Museums and the Web 2011 Deborah Boyer April 9, 2011 @debsting Deborah Boyer dboyer@azavea.com @debsting
  • 2. Deborah Boyer @debstingMuseums and the WebPhoto: Deb Boyer9 April 2011 Photo: Deb Boyer
  • 3. Museums and the Web9 April 2011
  • 4. Map Search PageMuseums and the Web9 April 2011
  • 5. PhillyHistory.org, a project of the Philadelphia Department of Records  5 organizations - Philadelphia City Archives - Philadelphia Water Department - Office of the City Representative - Library Company of Philadelphia - Free Library of Philadelphia  Over 93,000 historic photographs and maps  Over 6,700 registered users  13,000 unique visitors per month  Runs on Sajara platform Camp Independence, Civil War Recruiting CampMuseums andCompany of Philadelphia via PhillyHistory.org The Library the Web9 April 2011
  • 6. 12th and Market Streets, 1914 Philadelphia City Archives via PhillyHistory.orgMuseums and the Web9 April 2011
  • 7. Rat Receiving Station, 1914Museums and the Web Philadelphia City Archives via PhillyHistory.org9 April 2011 www.phillyhistory.org
  • 8. Mobile Web AppMuseums and the Web9 April 2011
  • 9. Why Augmented Reality? • NEH Digital Humanities Start- Up Grant  Investigate AR tech as a tool in cultural institutions  Connect the past to the present  Engage users in the study of history, architecture, and photography using mobile technology Students and pretzel vendor at West Philadelphia High School, 1934. Philadelphia City Archives via PhillyHistory.org  Build on the rich geographic resources of PhillyHistory.orgMuseums and the Web9 April 2011
  • 10. The Details  Investigate building a custom app for Android platform  Investigate building a custom app for iOS platform  Use existing AR framework  500 images as overlays on the current landscape  Local historians to provide contextual information  One year, limited budget, resulting white paperMuseums and the Web9 April 2011
  • 11. ResultsMuseums and the Web9 April 2011
  • 12. Three of the Many Things We Learned Why we went with Layar 2D billboards in a 3D world ScalingMuseums and the Web9 April 2011
  • 13. Layar  Time  Resources  Branding  New DevelopmentMuseums and the Web9 April 2011
  • 14. Pinning in 3D Space; or, you spin me right roundMuseums and the Web9 April 2011
  • 15. Deborah Boyer @debsting: Josh Marcus Museums and the Web 9 April 2011
  • 16. Google Street View 1911 2009Museums and the Web9 April 2011
  • 17. Issues Fig. 1 Viewing at the Fig. 2 Viewing from the Side Fig. 3 Viewing the Edge Intended Angle at 60° Angle at a 90° Angle Fig. 4 Viewing from Fig. 5 Viewing from Behind Fig. 6 Calculating the Directly Behind and to the Side Viewing AngleMuseums and the Web9 April 2011
  • 18. Scaling; or, why add 500 Deborah Boyer @debsting images when you can add 90,000?Museums and the Web9 April 2011
  • 19. Three Levels of AccessMuseums and the Web9 April 2011
  • 20. Deborah Boyer @debstingMuseums and the Web Diagram: Erik Osheim9 April 2011
  • 21. Benefits  Introduce collections to new audiences  Take advantage of growing smartphone use  Open up additional educational and collaborative opportunities  Generate excitementMuseums and the Web9 April 2011
  • 22. Managing ExpectationsMuseums and the Web9 April 2011
  • 23. Philebrity.com on January 19, 2011Museums and the Web9 April 2011
  • 24. What’s Next? •Gyroscope •Open Source •Improve the pinningMuseums and the Web9 April 2011
  • 25. Augmented RealityMuseums and the Web9 April 2011
  • 26. This should be fun! Photo: Rachel Cheetham-RichardMuseums and the Web9 April 2011
  • 27. Sharing Information  White paper available soon – sign up at http:// www.azavea.com/augmented-reality  Developers blogging about building the app at http://www.azavea.com/blogs/labs/  App available in Android Market and coming soon to Apple App Store.Museums and the Web9 April 2011
  • 28. Implementing Mobile Augmented Reality Applications for Cultural Institutions Deborah Boyer Museums and the Web 2011 @debsting April 9, 2011 Deborah Boyer dboyer@azavea.com @debstingAny views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this presentation orproject do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.