Toura interface in a mobile phone and in a laptop

Three new cases have been added to the section of Mobile Webs and Applications in our Index of mobile technologies for museums:

  • Toura can develop and distribute multimedia tours in app stores like iTunes Store, BlackBerry, Android or Nokia. Text, images, video, audio and maps are generated by the heads of each museum using the Toura Mobile App Producer… More on Toura.
  • Guide by Cell is a company that turns mobile phones into audio guides. Audio files can be created and recorded directly through mobile phones … More on Guide by Cell.
  • The mobile web from the Prado Museum is part of the project “The best experience of the Prado”, which seeks to facilitate public access to services, activities and collections available in the museum … More about the mobile web del Prado.

Remember to send us any other initiative that you know in this field, either in prototype state, which we will comment in our blog, or as a final product, which would de included directly in the index.

We also want to announce that Museum Interfaces now speaks two languages, English and Spanish, you can switch between them at any time from the language menu at the top-right of the page.

UNESCO and Google have come together in a new project that offers us the chance to explore various places declared World Heritage Sites, many of which are Spanish, all through Google Street View.

Google Street View is the technology that allows you to explore streets through millions of photos with a 360º range of view. Generally it is only available in places where a car can go. But this time, Google has set-up its equipment on a bicycle to show us more inaccessible places.

Bicicleta GPS de Google Street View

Areas rich in monuments such as Avila, Cuenca, Salamanca, Segovia, Compostela or Toledo are among the 41 areas of interest in Spain where Google Street View is available. For example here we can go down a narrow street of Cruz Vieja in Avila (click on the image to see this with Street View).

Calle de la Cruz Vieja de Ávila en Google Street View

Via: Newcurator.

This Thursday April, 22nd will mark the beginning of ¿Instituciones culturales 2.0? (Cultural Institutions 2.0?) in the Center of Contemporary Culture in Barcelona (CCCB ).

Cartel de la jornadas

The event is celebrated in the context of the I+C+i seminar and is organized by the CCCB LAB, a department of the CCCB dedicated to research and innovation in the area of culture. The days of the event count on the Collaboration of the Citylab of Cornellá.

Social networks are a great communication tool, even for museums and other cultural institutions. But the mentality or spirit of 2.0 can progressively reach the whole institution, transforming internal processes and the relationship with the public. To what point are we willing to incorporate collective intelligence criteria? And, what are the limits? Its an event for cultural institutions to debate the 2.0 philosophy, promises and dilemmas as a goad for change in the dynamic of culture as a whole.

These days will also held the workshopProjects 2.0. Practices for cultural institutions by Expolab. It will explore communication with the public and its participation in the making of strategies for a cultural institution.

The recent project Carare will offer access to the gigantic digital library Europeana with two million images, maps and even 3D models of archaeological and architectonic sites.

The National Heritage agencies of 20 European countries are adding a new dimension to the monuments that are already in Europeana, making it possible to explore virtual reconstructions of places declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, such as the Ta’ Hagrat Temple from the megalithic era in Malta or the Delphos City Theater in Cyprus.

3D model of Nero Arc in Pompeya3D Model of byzantine church Episkopi Manis (1200 BC)

Together with the 3D models, Carare offers information on the respective geography, past and current state and characteristics of these monuments, as addition to aereal view photographs and maps of the areas.

Junto a los modelos 3D, Carare aporta datos sobre las coordenadas geográficas, antecedentes, estado actual y características de estos monumentos, además de fotografías aéreas y planos.

Se espera que los primeros datos de Carare estén disponibles en Europeana en 2011.

Let’s Get in Tune!

We are preparing this blog to be published. Soon you will find many resources and reflection on interactive means applied to museums.

Thanks for your patience.