Old-ish Content Warning!
You are viewing a post that’s more than three years old. There’s a good chance that a lot of the following is seriously out-of-date (or at least not reflective of my current thinking on this topic). Proceed with caution.
A short post on other ways of accessing museum mobile content other than maps. April 5, 2014
In a great lunch time conversation today, several of us got into talking about the use of maps in museum mobile apps. Aaron Straup Cope was talking about the usage statistics for Art Lens; a big chunk of the usage (apparently–I’m remembering and severely paraphrasing here) occurs outside the museum. He said that, that being the case, a blueprint of the museum’s floorplan is a relatively poor method of finding information/objects/etc. But alternate forms of “mapping” could be really interesting, though. There’s a great book called You Are Here: Personal Geographies and Maps of the Imagination that shows all sorts of wonderful examples of different kinds of maps (narrative, non-linear, descriptive, etc.) that might be fun for us to think about. I think it would be kinda bad-ass if a mobile device gave you some information about where things were using a Native American story map or similar.
Must think more about this.