Joint International scientific and practical conference
“Digital Century of Culture” and “EVA 2013 Moscow”

November 19 - 22, 2013


Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
Russain State Library
Russian State Library
Russian association of digital libraries
Russian association of digital libraries
European Union
European Commission
PIK Centre
PIK Centre
Interregional Center of Library Cooperation
Interregional Center of Library Cooperation

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Interactivity of Information Supply for Museum Exposition

Hookk Daria

museum, information supply, mobile technologies

N. Kuznetsova, E.P.Byzova

“Young for the young” is a project organised by the Department of Archeology in order to make the different archeological or prehistoric rooms of the museum more attractive and appealing to the general public. The goal of this project is to create tours which are tailored to the individual interests of the visitors. It is important that they enhance the visit of the tourists at the museum, enabling them to view a range of artwork with a cohesive theme within a comfortable, self-guided tour. For example, if guests are interested in topics such as weaponry, clothes or ceramics, they will be able to choose a self-guided journey dedicated to these specific themes. Each selected artefact will be presented by a short historical, original and authentic text that will focus on several unique or curious facts. This non-traditional approach creates a comfortable, welcoming and adapted environment to discover the different rooms. Obtaining such emotionally-tinged information draws the visitor into the culture of the Hermitage and its complex and diverse world. The visitors will not be expected to follow a specific tour so as to view the objects; they will be free to discover each item of the topic at their own pace and will.

These tours will be accessible on the museum website so as to allow visitors to download and read them on their personal technological devices. The final product - a PDF file - will thus be authorized on mobile devices such as tablets, smartphones and e-readers. A selection of files will be available on the website: the visitor will find the title of the topic, an abstract of its content, the estimated duration of the tour and the available languages. The possibility to share information with our visitors over the internet lies in the very ideology of personal networking technology (Sheglov, Tarasyuk 1999; Charter of human rights… 2012).

According to their taste, the participants of the project will gather information about 10-20 objects (for example, arrows, pots, jewels, statues, and so on). Each artefact will be located on the map of the archeological area and will be presented in an attractive way: a short informative text, a poem, a personal impression, etc. By participating in this project, the volunteers are given the opportunity to share their “visitors’ point of view” and their personal knowledge to the museum staff. Thanks to this new input, the museum’s content can be shown from an original and different perspective. As to the specialists and employees of the museum, they will also participate into the making of the project by providing technical information and by sharing their knowledge of the museum’s history. The design of a “topic template” will be developed by volunteers and computer designers. Furthermore, a non-exhaustive list of topics will be proposed and expanded by future participants - the more, the better. In addition, the data provided by the authors of the project will be protected under the domain of the museum’s website.

During winter vacation, the children’s contest “Where it all began
” will take place. Students will propose a route through the galleries and gather their “collection” with the help of a camera. Submissions will differ by age group and theme. For children visiting from the school’s club in the centre, including numerous students studying art history in rotational classes, it will be possible to display their creations. The winning submission will be chosen by its popularity- whether from a head count, or from data gathered from the contest website. The contest will take into account only one “vote” for each entry ticket. Participants in the contest are advised to seek support for their submission from classmates, family and friends. In this manner, we hope to draw the attention of the adult audience too. Furthermore, this project will lead up to the celebration of the State Hermitage’s 250th anniversary in 2014, and the massive accumulation of tours will be a great present for the numerous guests of the museum. In this manner, we hope the word “Hermitage” will be accompanied not only by the word “museum”, but also by “great anticipation”.

Section "Virtual Reality in Historical Reconstructions"

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