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Out There: Connecting people, places and stories



A presentation from Museums and the Web 2009. ...

A presentation from Museums and the Web 2009.
Dick van Dijk, Kristel Kerstens, and Frank Kresin, Waag Society, The Netherlands

How can museums employ new media to enhance their visitors' experience and their collections' accessibility? With the Internet moving into the public domain through wireless connections, broadband mobile telephony, and location-aware technology, museums are no longer bound by their physical limits (the building), but can use all relevant spaces, be it the city, the country or the public domain.

Technology enables audiences to access, produce, and share media everywhere and at all times, and museums are quite far on in digitizing large parts of their collections. The combination of 24-hour on-line audience availability and rich digitised cultural musem content brings ample opportunities to create new cultural experiences.

In this context, Waag Society recently developed a number of projects in which users are guided by mobile technology. The paper gives an overview of these projects and argues that the physical non-institutional environment is a great setting for appreciating cultural content and inducing active user participation.

Session: Location-Aware Services [Technology]



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  • Welcome everyone to my presentation: out there, connecting people, places and stories. This presentation is about how mobile technology can enhance the connection between people, places and stories outside to the museum itself. My name is KK, and I work as a concept developer at waag society.

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  • Out there: Connecting people, places and stories Kristel Kerstens
  • Waag Society
    • An Amsterdam based medialab
    • Develops technology for social innovation
    • within four domains
    • Culture
    • Education
    • Public Domain
    • Healthcare
    • www.waag.org
  • Focus
    • How to use “out there” to enhance t he museum’s connection to its visitors?
  • Location-based projects
    • Creating a historical sensation
    Fostering a personal reflection Stimulating a cultural exchange
  • FREQUENCY 1550
    • Creating a historical sensation
  • FREQUENCY 1550
    • Creating a historical sensation
    What Mobile city game When Pilot 2005 Summer 2007 Where Amsterdam Who Students aged 12 to 14 Website www.frequentie1550.nl
    • Fostering personal reflection
    • Fostering personal reflection
    What GPS route When Summer 2008 Where Amsterdam Who General, older audience Partner Erfgoed Nederland Website www.waag.org/rituals
    • Stimulating cultural exchange
    • Stimulating cultural exchange
    What Visual cultural exchange game When October 2008 Where Amsterdam and Delhi Who Visitors Amsterdam- India Festival Partner Sarai - Delhi Website www.cityragas.nl
  • Evaluation
    • The physical environment is a great setting to enhance the museum’s connection with its visitors
    • Gaming and theatre/performance art trigger user participation
    • Open system for content exchange
    • Need for f urther research on integration of museum’s collection with “out there”
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