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CES 2011: Futuristic Gadgets for Museums & Educators

We were just at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. CES is where practically every electronics hardware manufacturer shows off their latest and greatest, and we saw a plethora of insane gadgets, from the cutting-edge to the solidly practical. Most … Continue reading

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Open Exhibits Gets Wordled

We recently put our RSS feed into Wordle as a fun way to see which topics are most written about on the Open Exhibits blog. Wordle will take an RSS feed or text that you provide and create a visualization … Continue reading

Participation in Open Exhibits – The First Thirty Days

We recently exported the information from our member database to get a better idea of who’s using Open Exhibits, thirty days in. (Click on the graphs to see them full size.) So far, we’ve discovered that: 51% of our users … Continue reading

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Using Agile Development Tools to Inform Exhibit Design

We’ve been reading Nina Simon’s post on A/B testing in museums (where two different setups of the same exhibit or exhibit element are put on the floor and compared). She talks primarily about conceptual or physical design elements (note cards, … Continue reading

Open Exhibits Gesture Library & Illustrations Now Up!

Our new gesture library page provides the codebase for our open source gesture library and documents the hundreds of gestures you can use with Open Exhibits, including a new set of stroke gestures to allow you to draw and recognize … Continue reading

What Exhibits Do Museums Want? Our Partners Weigh In.

We recently had our first meetings with the Open Exhibits partner museums, with whom we will be building six exhibits over the next 3 years.  The exhibits will be available as downloads on the Open Exhibits site. Both the source code … Continue reading

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Links We Liked: iPad Screen, Diaspora, Collection Space and More!

We got really really excited about the new Collection Space software, we checked out these suggestions on social media marketing for museums, we admired this screen made of 25 iPads then we turned our iPad into a fiddle with a … Continue reading

Links We Liked: Android 2.3, What Your Phone Says About You, Offline P2P and more!

We pondered what our smartphones say about us, we imagined a future filled with screens that aren’t just used for advertising, we’re coveting this Archos tablet, we admired this content management system that lets you “pass” content between devices, we … Continue reading

Take Our Computer-Based Exhibits Survey 2010!

Our survey’s still open, and while we’ve received thoughtful responses from folks at the New York Hall of Science, Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Exploratorium, Oakland Museum and others, we’re still looking to collect more data. The survey … Continue reading

Links We Liked: Build Your Own Multitouch LCD, Flash + Windows Phone 7, & More

We watched a town grow on this 3D multitouch surface; we lamented the dreaded gorilla arm as a barrier to vertical interfaces; we were excited to hear that Flash is coming to Windows Phone 7; we’d like to check out … Continue reading


This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under Award Number MG-30-14-0037-14.

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