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Museums and the Web 2009 - Starting Points for Discussion 


  • Effective way-finding Solutions
  • Tour structure - Linear Vs. Random Access
  • Device Life Expectancy  
  • Wireless vs. Locally stored




Tips on getting it done


  1. What can the museum do in-house?
  2. What resources do we need?
  3. What is better outsourced?
  4. How can we cut costs without compromising the user experience?
  5. How can the handheld program attract revenues?
  6. Others... 


Comments (4)

Chris Alexander said

at 4:08 pm on Aug 1, 2008

Hey Nancy,

I noticed that the top of this page is "Execution" and on the sidebar it is called "Getting it Done". It's the only one that is different. Probably not a big deal, but did we want to keep one over the other?

Chris Alexander said

at 6:33 pm on Aug 1, 2008


My above write up begs the question - should we have a "Resources" page?

Silvia Filippini Fantoni said

at 12:57 pm on Apr 13, 2009

To me getting it done is also and especially about clarifying the different steps involved in the process of creating a multimedia tour: content (creation, production and assembly), interface design, tour architecture, selecting the appropriate hardware + software, testing and pilots, financing and sponsorship, distribution and staff training. In my experience many museums often do not understand or better underestimate the amount of work that needs to be done. It might be worth starting from here for our presentation of getting int done. I find it quite difficult to make general statements regarding what can be done in house and what can be outsourced because it very much depends on the resources (skills and financial) that the museum has in house. Let me know what you think as I am preparing the presentation for Friday. I know we only have 5 minutes so I won't be able to go through anything in detail.

Scott Guerin said

at 11:26 pm on Apr 13, 2009

Silvia, since you seem to be doing "the basics" heavy lifting, one thing I've found in doing voiceovers (for any platform) is that the talent has no idea how to pronounce many names and words. So a key step in scripting is to establish a pronunciation key everyone agrees on. You say potato, I say p'tahto. Secondly, I think you asked about manual wayfinding alternatives. SIguide had a wonderful feature we called "hint photos". These could be called up as needed for any interpreted object and displayed a photo of the exhiibit case or wider area shot as needed. The interpreted object was highlighted in color while the rest of it was desaturated. Since SI exhibits don't change much, it wasn't going to be too big a burden to keep the photos current.

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