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Entries from March 11th, 2012

Museums and making the ‘digital shift’

March 11th, 2012 28 Comments

I’m mid-way through writing a number of articles that explore the challenges for museums in pulling ‘digital’ into their core operations. As a result I’ve started to formulate this idea – museums will not be able to properly understand and integrate ‘digital’ into their organisational DNA until they have substantial born-digital collections. Libraries have had […]

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The museum as a text adventure – Inform7 and TourML/TAP

March 2nd, 2012 9 Comments

Today I was sitting at WebWise 2012 listening to Rob Stein talk about TAP/TourML and he started talking about games and stories referencing Marc Reidl’s work. It reminded me a lot of the world of interactive fiction and it got me thinking about whether it would be possible to use TourML to generate text adventures. […]

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Metadata as ‘cultural source code’

March 1st, 2012 2 Comments

A quick thought. Last week I wrote about collection data being ‘cultural source code’ in the context of the upload of the Cooper-Hewitt collection to GitHub. As I wrote over there, Philosophically, too, the public release of collection metadata asserts, clearly, that such metadata is the raw material on which interpretation through exhibitions, catalogues, public […]

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