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Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ 85281-3670)
Mark Tebeau (Project Director: October 2012 to present)
Erin Bell (Co Project Director: October 2012 to present)

Mobile Museum Initiative

Development of a prototype of Curatescape Museums, a platform for mobile interpretation of museum collections, as well as best practices for small to mid-sized museums interested in implementing mobile technologies.

The Center for Public History + Digital Humanities (CPHDH) and the Ohio Historical Society seek NEH Level II Start-Up support for the Mobile Museum Initiative (MMI) to extend our understanding of best interpretive and technological practices for mobile interpretation in museum settings. MMI innovates both in technology and interpretive humanities practice. On the interpretive side, the project proposes to challenge the conventional approach to app deployment in museum settings that is built around museum navigation and pays little attention to visitor usage patterns. We will be recommending an interpretive practice that emphasizes connectivity between objects around themes, ideas, and chronologies. In addition, we will emphasize the foregrounding of visitor studies as a significant part of the design and deployment of mobile applications. On the technology side, CPHDH will work to release a beta version Curatescape Museums an open-source (and, optionally, hosted) software application.

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Project fields:
Museum Studies or Historical Preservation

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants

Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$60,000 (approved)
$59,722 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2013 – 8/31/2015