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      Virtual Tours for Museum Exhibits

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      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2012) (EVA)

      Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

      10 - 12 July 2012

      Virtual Tours, QR Code, Shared Virtual Experience

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          This paper outlines the technological requirements and the steps necessary to create a virtual tour for a virtual museum exhibit using QR Codes. This system was developed for the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was tested in two separate exhibits. The components of virtualization include: images of each object for visualization; object labels and metadata about the objects in the exhibit; extended object and artist information; code generation to link the physical artwork with its virtual representation; and finally the virtual tour. Virtual tours enhance the accessibility and expand the life of an exhibition. Virtual tours allow for shared experiences and support collaborations.

          Images of each object provide the visual content of the exhibit. Object labels contain standard metadata including title, artist, date and place of creation, accession number and date, and credit line. Extended object and artist information includes textual descriptions and interpretation that help museum visitors understand what they are seeing. Images, copy and extended information combined represent the virtual knowledge about a particular object.

          A two-dimensional QR Code is generated for each object on display to link the physical object with its virtual representation. QR Codes were selected for this project because of their burgeoning use among mobile devices and smart phone users for a variety of purposes. In-museum or remote visitors can scan an object’s QR Code to gain a portal into the expanded virtual information provided beyond the object label. The virtual tour is accessed through Tour QR Codes which link the visitor to items in the exhibit. The Tour QR Code can be generated via an interactive kiosk which allows visitors to search for objects or subjects of interests, or it can be generated by the museum staff or teachers for remote access. The QR Code-based virtual tour becomes a permanently accessible tour for the public; it extends life of the work used to create the physical exhibition, and over time, becomes a virtual library of the museum’s exhibitions. The system is adaptable and allows curators, docents, and visitors to expand the informational content of the exhibition through time. Through this technology, an exhibition can continue to grow, provide more kinds of information, and provide interactive elements that are beyond the scope of the usual three dimensional exhibitions. By sustaining the exhibit on the website, each exhibition potentially becomes an ever growing source of reliable information about the exhibit’s topic.

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          Conference
          July 2012
          July 2012
          : 100-106
          Affiliations
          Tandy School of Computer Science

          University of Tulsa

          800 S. Tucker Drive

          Tulsa, Ok 74104
          Curatorial Affairs & Public Programs

          Gilcrease Museum

          1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd

          Tulsa, Ok 74127
          Article
          10.14236/ewic/EVA2012.18
          © Kyle D. Johnson et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2012), London, UK

          This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

          Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2012)
          EVA
          London, UK
          10 - 12 July 2012
          Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
          Electronic Visualisation and the Arts
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          Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
          Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
          Categories
          Electronic Workshops in Computing

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