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Draft Proposal for Year 2

Download the current version of the proposal for Year 2

Descripion of Year 2 from Original Proposal

Phase two of the project will expand and advance Year 1 deliverables, adding components, activity templates, additional platforms, devices, types of interaction and most importantly additional implementations in a broader range of museums and galleries to evaluate, refine and demonstrate these deliverables.

from the Year 1 grant: Phase II will include:

  • Richer searching and indexing, better relationship awareness
  • Deeper object/exhibit data models based on CollectionSpace
  • Generalized maps and location awareness services
  • Expanded map authoring tool including workflow from CAD drawing import - final, interactive maps
  • Further build out of automatic position detection using WiFi or Bluetooth
  • Support for more mobile devices: Blackberry, Windows Mobile
  • Expanded social networking and user contribution services:
    • "My Story"
    • Threaded discussion
    • Connections with third-party social networking sites
    • Richer tagging support (incorporating Steve work)
  • More and varied exhibit and activity templates and scripts

Building upon Fluid Engage Year 1

a11y strategy

UX strategy

  • Build upon Fluid User Experience processes and activities
  • Incorporate a deep user-centred approach to all Fluid Engage products

community/audience participation

  • Threaded discussion
  • Social Networking and user contribution services
  • Richer tagging support (incorporating Steve work)
  • Connections with third-party social networking sites

map authoring

  • Generalized map and location awareness services
  • Expanded map authoring tool including workflow from CAD drawing import – final, interactive maps

mobile support

  • Mobile prototype for new platforms
    • Blackberry, Windows Mobile

location awareness

  • Further build out of automatic position detection using WiFi or Bluetooth

search services

  • Improve searching and Indexing

UI Components

Exhibit Templates

  • an expanded authoring toolkit
  • More and varied exhibit and activity templates and scripts

implementation

  • Continue Content & CollectionMS integration
    • Deeper object/exhibit data models based on CollectionSpace
  • Wrap-up of institution implementation; more implementations
  • Refinement of documentation, tools, resources

From the Museum perspective, the priorities are (inspired by Jennifer's summary email):

  • utilize staff knowledge of collections, of visitors, and of what works to create a meaningful enhancement to existing solutions while pushing the boundaries of what technology can do for the content
  • engage visitors where their own interests and motivations intersect or touch the items in the museum
  • build upon existing solutions, including the gallery interpretation already in place in the museum
  • does not require creation of new content (costly)
  • takes a gallery perspective, not necessarily a specific object perspective
    (this one can be expanded – can be a specific object, but can also be the gallery perspective)
  • reaches a variety of audiences
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