Hi all, I'd like to pick the group's brains about the creation and use of in-gallery digital exhibits.
(Disclaimer: I'm a UK-based digital consultant. Amongst other things, I make two digital exhibit platforms, IGOR <http://www.igor-uk.com> and Darwin <http://www.digitalopps.co.uk/darwin/>, and I'm talking to as many heritage folk in the USA and UK as I can to make them as useful as possible. There's no point making tools that nobody wants!) So the questions are as follows - there are only a few - I appreciate different museums will give different answers but I'm intrigued to see what patterns or shared issues arise: And please note that this refers to in-gallery exhibits only. 1. Level of expertise. Does your staff have the ability to use a CMS or other tool with which to build and install a standalone in-gallery digital exhibit - but also the experience to plan and design it in the first place? 2. DIY or not. Regardless of expertise do you prefer to have complete control over the reaction of a digital exhibit or would you rather 'hand it over' to an agency/freelancer. And how much would time constraints affect your decision? 3. Budget and spending. Both IGOR and Darwin come (at the moment) with eternal licences i.e. buy it once and remake the exhibit as often as you like. This means that there is only one purchase required (per instance of digital exhibit) but also that the initial cost is higher. Would you rather a larger upfront cost or spread it via e.g. a subscription? 4. Hardware. Do you prefer to use Windows, Mac, Android, iOS for your exhibits. Will the new iPad Pro influence what hardware you use in-gallery? 5. Connectedness. Do your in-gallery exhibits need to be networked or - conversely - do you actively prefer them to be completely standalone? BTW this is open to anyone with experience of creating in-gallery digital exhibits, not just museum staff. I'm really interested to hear of your experiences. And please feel free to reply on- or off-list ( i...@digitalopps.co.uk). Thanks for reading! Best, Ian Smith. -- --- Ian Smith Director Digital Opportunities Ltd t: 07812 822594 w: www.digitalopps.co.uk w: www.digitalopps.co.uk/darwin/ w: www.igor-uk.com t: twitter.com/Museums_IGOR f: www.facebook.com/digitaloppsuk/ li: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/ian-smith/4/614/aa4 --- Try IGOR - Interactive Galleries On Request - our brilliant cross-platform tool that allows museums and galleries to quickly, easily and cheaply create their own digital exhibits! Download a fully working free trial copy at: www.igor-uk.com ---
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