Visitors contributions as cultural heritage: designing for participation

CIOLFI, Luigina, BANNON, Liam and FERNSTRÖM, Mikael (2007). Visitors contributions as cultural heritage: designing for participation. In: ICHIM 2007, Toronto.

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In this paper we discuss our approach to designing two public exhibitions, where our goal has been that of facilitating and supporting visitors’ own contributions to the exhibits. The approach behind our work sees the role of technology that is supporting people’s experiences of heritage as moving away from delivery of information, and towards enabling visitors to create the content of the exhibit. This approach is aimed at encouraging active reflection, discussion and appropriation, in the tradition of human-centred interaction design. In the paper we present two installations, “Re-Tracing the Past” and the “Shannon Portal”. The former was aimed at supporting visitors’ experiences of a museum collection; the latter had the goal of encouraging visitors and travelers to share their experiences of Ireland. We then discuss the impact of this design strategy, and analyse the role of visitors’ contributions to each exhibit, and the particular interactions between participants, the content they produced and other people’s contributions that took place around the two exhibits. Read more: Archives & Museum Informatics: International Cultural Heritage Informatics Meeting 2007: Paper: Ciolfi, L., et al., Visitors' Contributions As Cultural Heritage: Designing For Participation Under Creative Commons License: Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Communication and Computing Research Centre
Depositing User: Luigina Ciolfi
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2013 16:57
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2013 16:57

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