University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham’s Digital Humanities Hub enriches heritage and cultural education. Stepping beyond just a typical “museum” experience, Birmingham wants their visitors to explore and interact with the artifacts, seeing and experiencing them in brand new ways. Instead of a curator determining the museum experience by selecting certain artifacts, the Hub allows the user’s interests to drive the experience. Without the boundaries of a traditional visit, the university wanted to track what the users were interested in and how they used the technology.
Excited to push the boundaries of the typical museum experience, Mechdyne and Birmingham developed a custom solution. Not only would Mechdyne provide interactive display walls, tables, and hand-held devices, the complete solution would support research. By tracking what exhibits the visitors select, how the visitors display the artifacts, and what they focus on, Birmingham understands exactly what the user does and when they do it, allowing them to take museums to a whole new level.
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Following the Data: Creating and Tracking a New Museum Experience