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MuViPlan - interactive authoring environment to plan individual museum visits

: Göbel, S.; Feix, A.

Trant, J. ; Archives & Museum Informatics, Toronto:
Museums and the Web 2005. Book + CD-ROM : Selected papers from an international conference
Toronto: Archives & Museum Informatics, 2005
ISBN: 1-88562-631-2
10 pp. (Aufsatz nur auf der CD-ROM enthalten)
International Conference Museums and the Web (MW) <9, 2005, Vancouver>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IGD ()
digital storytelling; Authoring Tool; museum installation; exhibition guide; mobile application

Museums are one of the most interesting places to access cultural heritage, to learn about history or physical and biological phenomena. Hence, several people describe museums as '3rd learning place' apart from the parents' house and school/university. Museums provide a great variety of original data and exhibits enhanced by digital media. This trend results in guided tours (with tour guides or with mobile companions: audio-based, PDA, smartphone) or interactive installations. Especially young visitors compare museums with science centers or theme parks and expect highly interactive artifacts providing a gamebased phyisical setup or rallies to explore history or any phenomena. However, concerning the development of such applications there still exist several technical and practical obstacles: On the one hand, museum staff has the need for content creation and 'adaequate' representation enhanced by digital media and 'appropriate' interaction metaphors and 'exciting' physical setups and 'appropriate' learning concepts and .. matching the interests and background of (a lot of) different visitor groups. On the other hand, visitors have to be 'high-tech friendly', should be able to combine the real with the virtual and spend some time to plan their individual museum visits. Based on an state-of-the art analysis of existing authoring tools this paper introduces MuViPlan as interactive authoring environment addressing those issues and enabling a (more or less 'virtual') collaboration between museum staff and visitors. MuViPlan results build the basis of various museum applications ranging from terminal applications to websites, mixed reality installations or mobile applications such as rallies or guided tours. Both museum staff and visitors (individuals or groups: families, school classes) can use MuViPlan in order to prepare, process or evaluate a museum visit.