Hidden Histories: Locating Communications Heritage
 
Mobile Collections Service <ul><li>Tell me about the history of communications technology where I am   where I am </li></u...
Project Partners <ul><li>Project supported by AHRC and BT pilot Research Networking scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Tilly Blyth a...
Illumina Digital Ltd. <ul><li>Award winning multiplatform production company </li></ul><ul><ul><li>content creation, exper...
Project Objectives <ul><li>Engaging Communications Heritage </li></ul><ul><li>Can geolocated heritage increase public enga...
User Journeys <ul><li>General Interest User: Individual </li></ul><ul><li>Nina, 26, Bethnal Green, Digital Native </li></u...
Practical Questions <ul><li>Who are the audience and what are their mobile devices? </li></ul><ul><li>Sample size – 10s, 1...
Other Examples
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Successful Partnerships <ul><li>Small teams with diverse skill sets </li></ul><ul><li>Complimentary but not overlapping sk...
Find out more Dr Tilly Blyth Curator of Computing and Information Science Museum [email_address] http://sciencemuseumdisco...
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Connecting Collections, March 2010. Dr Tilly Blyth, Hidden Histories: Locating Communications Heritage

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A presentation by Dr Tilly Blyth, Curator of Computing and Information at the Science Museum, given at the Connecting Collections event, 5 March 2010, BT Centre, London.

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  • Connecting Collections, March 2010. Dr Tilly Blyth, Hidden Histories: Locating Communications Heritage

    1. 1. Hidden Histories: Locating Communications Heritage
    2. 3. Mobile Collections Service <ul><li>Tell me about the history of communications technology where I am where I am </li></ul><ul><li>Bring together objects and history within our landscapes </li></ul><ul><li>Breaking down spatial boundaries of museum, collection and audiences </li></ul><ul><li>Can personal histories of technology inform and be informed by scholarly histories? </li></ul>
    3. 4. Project Partners <ul><li>Project supported by AHRC and BT pilot Research Networking scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Tilly Blyth and Mia Ridge, Science Museum </li></ul><ul><li>Jon Agar, University College London </li></ul><ul><li>David Hay, Head of BT Heritage </li></ul><ul><li>Andrew Chitty and Davie McGirr, Illumina Digital </li></ul>
    4. 5. Illumina Digital Ltd. <ul><li>Award winning multiplatform production company </li></ul><ul><ul><li>content creation, experience design and software development for online, TV and mobile </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Work across Broadcast, Commercial, Cultural and Public Sectors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>with Channel4, BBC, DCSF, Dept for Work & Pensions, Harper Collins, V&A, IWM </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Current R&D Projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Britain Feasibility Studies for TSB </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SAVI – geolocated mobile video platform </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Puzzlevision online entertainment platform </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digital Film Innovation Programme for NESTA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Innovation company within All3Media, UK’s largest media production group </li></ul>
    5. 6. Project Objectives <ul><li>Engaging Communications Heritage </li></ul><ul><li>Can geolocated heritage increase public engagement with and access to museum collections? </li></ul><ul><li>Networking Organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Can humanities and heritage organisations inform interaction and application design or vice versa? </li></ul><ul><li>Experience Design </li></ul><ul><li>What are the appropriate service conventions for user interaction with mobile heritage? </li></ul>
    6. 7. User Journeys <ul><li>General Interest User: Individual </li></ul><ul><li>Nina, 26, Bethnal Green, Digital Native </li></ul><ul><li>General Interest User: Family </li></ul><ul><li>The Smiths , Dad 40s, Mum 40’s, Daughter 13, Boy 15, all interested in culture, kids like science and technology </li></ul><ul><li>The Academic Expert </li></ul><ul><li>Simon, Urban Geographer, 40, reads, interested in science and technology but likes social side of his subject </li></ul><ul><li>The External Expert: The Technology Enthusiast </li></ul><ul><li>Tony, 65 retired ICL programmer, evangelist for British Technology </li></ul>
    7. 8. Practical Questions <ul><li>Who are the audience and what are their mobile devices? </li></ul><ul><li>Sample size – 10s, 100s, 1000s? </li></ul><ul><li>Types of content – text, images, video </li></ul><ul><li>Service area </li></ul><ul><li>Geographical location of object – Lat/Long, postcode, building? </li></ul><ul><li>Location data in database Mimsy – manufacture, birth, use </li></ul><ul><li>Top level CMS for app data </li></ul>
    8. 9. Other Examples
    9. 19. Successful Partnerships <ul><li>Small teams with diverse skill sets </li></ul><ul><li>Complimentary but not overlapping skills </li></ul><ul><li>Enable different perspectives, by bringing staff out of, and into, the organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Establish clear partnership model and guidelines </li></ul><ul><li>Clear partner objectives (commercial, institutional, research) </li></ul><ul><li>Support and work with the best teams from creative industries </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding of where project fits in wider R&D strategy and policy (e.g. TSB, AHRC, Digital Britain) </li></ul>
    10. 20. Find out more Dr Tilly Blyth Curator of Computing and Information Science Museum [email_address] http://sciencemuseumdiscovery.com/blogs/locatingheritage/

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