Dr Claire Warwick, Dr Melissa Terras and Claire Ross, UCL Centre for Digital Humanities, and Dr Andrew Hudson-Smith, UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis


QRATOR will create new models for public engagement and informal learning in museums using handheld mobile devices and new interactive digital labels.

The project will create small printed tags (QR codes) for museum objects, linked to an online database. These will allow the public to view curated information and, most notably, to send back their own interpretation and views via their own mobile phone or interactive digital label. Their thoughts subsequently become part of the object’s history and ultimately the display itself via the interactive label system, allowing the display of comments and information directly next to the artefacts.

Similar in nature to sending a text message, the system will allow visits to UCL museums to become a true forum for academic-public debate, using low cost, readily available technology, enabling the public to collaborate and discuss object interpretation with museum curators and academic researchers.

The project will be based around technology developed at UCL’s Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis and the Tales of Things site, which has developed a method for cataloguing physical objects online which could make museums and galleries a more interactive experience. QRATOR takes the technology a step further bringing the opportunity to move the discussion of objects direct to the museum label and onto users’ mobile phones, allowing the creation of a sustainable, world-leading model for two-way public interaction in museum spaces.

Such a project brings innovative public interaction with UCL’s collections both within the museum environment, within Bloomsbury, and online via global social networks.

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