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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


            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.


            Author and article information

            July 2012
            July 2012
            : 100-106
            [0001]Tandy School of Computer Science

            University of Tulsa

            800 S. Tucker Drive

            Tulsa, Ok 74104
            [0002]Curatorial Affairs & Public Programs

            Gilcrease Museum

            1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd

            Tulsa, Ok 74127
            © 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)
            London, UK
            10 - 12 July 2012
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Electronic Visualisation and the Arts

            1477-9358 BCS Learning & Development

            Self URI (article page): https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.14236/ewic/EVA2012.18
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            QR Code,Virtual Tours,Shared Virtual Experience


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