Mobiles, Panoramas, and a Month at a Museum

We are starting a new feature here on the MIDEA web site– our Spotlights will regularly publish stories on projects and research done by MIDEA member organizations as well as interesting items we find going on elsewhere in the museum community.

As we know many museums are seeking ways to effectively leverage the capabilities of mobile devices, pur first MIDEA spotlight is a summary of a quick two minute survey done at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (see MIDEA profile). Blogging on the IMA web site, Rob Stein describes the results as “Have it Your Way”. In their effort to discover whether museum visitors prefer to use their own devices versus renting ones “guaranteed to work”, bring their own came out slightly ahead.

In terms of thew kind of content people expressed an interest in, Rob was surprised to see that games ranked the lowest:

  • Hear from Artists (90%)
  • Behind the Scenes (83%)
  • Hear from Experts (54%)
  • High-Res Images (51%)
  • Ways to Express Opinion (44%)
  • Things to Take Away (41%)
  • Games (27%)

Learn more about the survey or share your comments on the IMA Blog…

The Tang Museum (see MIDEA profile) is exploring the use of QuickTime panorama scenes to provide an immersive experience to exploring an exhibit via the Tang web site, such as the view above from the Lives of the Hudson exhibit.. Opening the scene by clicking the plus sign allows a visitor to navigate in 360 degrees, as well as use the Shift and Control keys on their computer to zoom in and out.

Lives of the Hudson exhibit Panorama at the Tang Museum

John Weber describes it, “These images give a feel for the look of shows that is, to me, far superior to static still photos.”

In conjunction with the Lives of the Hudson, the Tang has a fantastic new online exhibit authored in Pachyderm, which was highly enhanced by a student who customized the Flash templates:

Lives of the Hudson online exhibit created with Pachyderm

Learn more about these projects from the Tang Museum’s web site…

Lastly, we spotlight an interesting opportunity offered by the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

The successful applicant to a new program will spend a month at the museum. Literally, living in the museum.

The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is looking for “you.” And by “you,” we mean an adventurous, outgoing person with a strong interest in learning about science and the world around her or him, plus the ability to write very well about your experiences. Ideally, you’re also the web-savvy sort who can keep your thumb out of frame when taking photographs. If that “you” sounds like you, or if you are simply curious about this intriguing endeavor, then you should read on.

We’re looking for someone to take on a once-in-a-lifetime assignment: spend a Month at the Museum, to live and breathe science 24/7 for 30 days. From October 20 to November 18, 2010, this person’s mission will be to experience all the fun and education that fits in this historic 14-acre building, living here full-time and reporting your findings to the outside world.

This person will also earn a prize of $10,000 and get to keep a pile of technology gadgets, and earn a lifetime membership at the museum.

Now this is a once in a lifetime chance to experience a museum!

Learn more about Month at the Museum…

Stay tuned for more MIDEA spotlights in the weeks and months to come.

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