The Pew Research Center has recently released a report entitled “Smartphone Ownership and Internet Usage Continues to Climb in Emerging Economies”. The report reveals statistics on the rise of smartphone and Internet use across the world.
The Haida Gwaii Museum in British Columbia has partnered with the American Museum of Natural History in New York to explore a truly unique way for visitors to experience the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Northwest Coast Indians exhibit. A telepresence robot, named BeamPro SPS, acts as a tour guide, greeting visitors, telling them about the artefacts, answering questions and teaching them about Haida Gwaii culture and traditions.
Snapchat is a popular smartphone application predominantly used by the teen and young adult demographic. It allows users to capture photos and short video to which text captions and drawings can be added.
Around the world, interest is growing around a promising technology that has the potential to enhance and enrich access to public information: Linked Open Data. CHIN is exploring the technology’s potential for Artefacts Canada through a Linked Open Data Demonstration Project, which will be online by April 2016.
As the use of smartphones, tablets, selfie sticks and photography in museums has become more prevalent, many worry that these devices distract visitors from genuinely engaging with the museum experience. The Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands has offered a unique solution: it asks visitors to draw rather than take photos of the art.
The Institute for Digital Archeology (IDA), a joint venture between Harvard University, the University of Oxford, and Dubai’s Museum of the Future, is leading a project where digital technology will be used to replicate threatened heritage objects and sites.