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Open Source for Museum Professionals

Open Source for Museum Professionals

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  • Open Source for Museum Professionals
  • Who Am I?
    • Rob Stephenson
    biologist Curator, Tech Virtual
  • What is Open Source? When we speak of free software, we are referring to freedom, not price. … freedom to distribute copies … (and charge for this service if you wish), … (to) receive source code, … (to) change the software or use pieces of it in new free programs…. - GNU Public License Powerful, reliable software and improved technology are useful byproducts of freedom, but the freedom to have a community is important in its own right. - Richard Stallman Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Defined
  • FOSS/Open Source Principles
    • Freedom to use
    • Freedom to redistribute
    • Freedom to adapt and improve
    • Freedom to release improvements, so entire community benefits
    • Obligation to contribute back to the community
  • Sharing and Collaboration are Basic Human Values
  • Open Source Museum Exhibits
  • Links
    • http://TheTechVirtual.org
    • The Tech Virtual in Second Life: on The Tech Island
    • Me: Rob Stephenson, rstephenson@thetech.org
  • Museums in a Virtual World - Are You Serious?
    • Is this:
    • A scientific experiment?
    • A commercial venture?
    • A joke?
    • Chasing a fad?
  • Why The Tech Museum is in Second Life
    • Access and interaction. Reaching visitors that can’t come to San José.
    • Rapid prototyping. Using SL’s 3-D tools to test exhibit concepts, gallery designs.
    • Open source design. Teams of strangers compete to design exhibits. We choose the best and build them for the real museum.
  • Access and Interaction
  • Rapid Prototyping 1 2 3 4
  • The Story of an Open Source Museum Exhibit
  • Exhibit Creation Process idea & sketch museum floor Virtual thetechvirtual.org Second Life EOD
  • Economics
    • Currently funded by a grant from Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation.
    • Cost of building one new interactive exhibit:
    $40,000 US 6 months SL/Open Source $60,000 US 18 months Traditional method
  • The Future
    • Rapid exhibit turnover
    • More modular exhibits
    • A bazaar for exhibit ideas
    • An open source exhibit economy
    • This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. To view a copy of this license, visit http: //creativecommons .org/licenses/by/2.0 or send a letter to Creative Commons, 559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, California 94305, USA.