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Mind Map of Museum Technology

December 1, 2011

Museum Technologies – Concept Map

November 30, 2011

Here is my mind map of Museum Technologies, which based on my personal experience and the course I learned from. Furthermore, my mind map maybe not cover all technologies of museum.

Online personal collections – Japanese Gardens

November 30, 2011

Hi, everyone! I am an artist who is doing a research about Japanese garden recently. From my online collection, people can learn the characteristics of the traditional Japanese Gardens which is a culture heritage in the world.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SDPbC34eVs

It is a video clip that showing the different appearances of Japanese gardens. Audiences can make sense of the whole in a Japanese garden in the video. Also, the introduction of the Japanese gardens can be added behind the video. Japanese gardens that are in traditional Japanese style and its development were influenced by the distinctive and stylized Chinese gardens. In Japan, it called niwa, represents a pure and spiritual place.

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The following photos reflect the main characteristics of Japanese gardens. First,this photo express the concept of “shukkei “(縮景) which means people copied the real scenery into the little garden. As you can see the garden contains the mini mountains, rivers, trees and rocks.

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Tenryu-ji is a good example to interpret “SHAKKEI “(borrowed scenery), a characteristic of Japanese gardens. The term “borrowed scenery” is from China originally. It is the principle of “incorporating background landscape into the composition of a garden” found in traditional garden design.

File:RyoanJi-Dry garden.jpgRyōan-ji

The photo shows the example of dry landscape gardens also called “karesansui” in Japanese. It is a unique type of garden that use of rocks, sands and plants and was affected by the Zen Buddhism. The most famous dry landscape garden is at Ryōan-ji. The garden contains 15 rocks arranged on the surface of white sands and its structure is 7-5-3 which reflects the concept of Yang-Ying.

TENRYU-JI

Kare-taki (Dry Waterfall of stones) at the center of this garden with fall colors. Actually, it divided into two parts and represents different meanings. In the lower half, there are a pond garden and small islands which were influenced of pure land sect. In the upper half, there is a dry landscape garden which influenced of Zen Buddhism.

From the above collections, people can learn each collection that represents distinctive characteristics of the Japanese Gardens. And I would like to cooperate with Hong Kong Art Museum. A number of Hong Kong citizens love Japanese culture and travelling to Japan. So I believe it is a great opportunity to show them the precious culture heritage of Japan. And they can learn how to appreciate the garden before travelling to Kyoto such ancient city in Japan.

Museum Technology – Concept Map

November 30, 2011

The following concept map concludes our course generally. I’m sure there’s always more to consider, but the thoughtful concept map below should be at least a base for students when we consider introducing different kinds of technology into a museum.

A mobile app

November 29, 2011

Smartphones have become very popular nowadays. According to a survey, smartphones have contributed to the worldwide growth of the mobile phone market which has increased by 17.9% in the fourth quarter of 2010. From this, it plays a significant role in our society in the future. This trend also reflects the future of the museum which can take advantage of new internet-enabled “smart phones” in their programming. So the museum can design a mobile application to attract people’s attention.

iPhone app Yours, Vincent“Yours, Vincent” is the Van Gogh museum’s first iPhone application. People can download for free at the iTunes App Store or the official website. The application includes a lot of Van Gogh’s masterpieces and works from the Van Gogh Museum collection, video interviews with the museum’s letters experts. Users can touch the screen to get a closer look at his early sketches and listen to readings of the letters. It means users not only get more information about his paintings but also can watch his style’s development. Also, the museum keeps regularly updated on new picture galleries that showcase his art. So people are encouraged to visit the real exhibition after using the app. On the other hand, the app can help museum to attract a widely variety of audiences via the free downloading. For example, it is available in two languages such as English and Dutch. However, the interactivity of the app is quite weak.

As a user, I have a suggestion to improve its interactivity. For example, a QR code scanner can be added to the app. The users can get the audio or text tour from scanning the QR code which behind the works. And the app can set up discussion board for people sharing their visiting experiences and giving feedbacks to museum for improvement. So a free Wifi service is required and must available to use inside the museum. It is convenient for people using the function of QR code and get information on the one hand. On the other hand, it helps the museum tighter integration with social networking sites since people would post photos and status via Facebook, Twitter and so on.

Mindmap

November 29, 2011

The American Museum of Natural History: AMNH Explorer iPhone App

November 29, 2011

Nowadays, everyone has their own smartphone, we can get the latest information via those smartphone instantly. Museums utilize this trend to create different apps for promoting. It is the useful and effective way to promote the museum, and attract more people. Many apps, however, how they to be prominent? A good app should provided visitors tools for a successful experience. Besides, the app should  provide more information than the traditional museum tour such as audio tour, and include many contents like map and schedules that having all-rounded information. AMNH Explorer iphone app takes all advantages, and has the latest technology.

 Navigation system

This app contains museum’s collections, people can via it to get the information and online-visiting. However, the most distinguishing feature of the app is using the navigation system that connecting all the museum’s places.  Explorer can indicate a user’s location, and offer the step-by-step directions with map and arrow. For example, the app can point visitors toward cafes, gift shops and even bathrooms. This app also uses museum’s Wi-Fi network to operate this app.

Apart from those mentioned features, there are other key features of this app. It can be divided four parts. Firstly, about the exhibition s and tour, there are digital exhibits for users to learn more about museum’s collections of select items during the visiting or learn in anywhere. Moreover, the app not only displays the exhibits, but also has a guide tour like pre-loaded tours, custom tours and fossil treasure hunt. Those provide the plan, or plan the tour by yourself. The second part is about sharing the experience to others, when you visit the museum, you can share the interesting exhibits or your own experience through e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter. Thirdly, if you want to learn more, this app can bookmark an item and receive the link to more information when you back home. Last but not least, there is provide the museum information that opening times and the museum’s events.

  Museum’s collection

The AMNH Explorer give users or visitors a new museum experience, which contains all-rounded information. If the users have any question, this app also can help them. The visitors also can use this app to visit the museum. It is more convenience because it can be instead the traditional audio tour, they can visit by themselves anytime they want. The app also share a platform to visitors to share their different experiences, thereby increasing visitors interactive to others and enhancing the content of the museum. The app can make the audiences feel more and learn more.

All in all, this app takes full advantage no matter the latest technology or the benefits. It is so successful to promote the museum and attract more visitors.

 

Video for more information:

Link:

http://www.amnh.org/apps/explorer.php