Preparing personalized multimedia presentations for a mobile museum visitors guide - a methodological approach

Shahar Katz, Yaacov Kahanov, Nadav Kashtan, Tsvi Kuflik, Ilenia Graziola, Cesare Rocchi, Oliviero Stock, Massimo Zancanaro

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Multimedia provides new opportunities for museums to enhance
their visitors' experience. However, its use poses new challenges
for presentation preparation, among which are: How to enrich the
visit while not diverting the visitors' attention from the actual
objects in the museum, which should remain the focus of the visit?
How to provide a rich information space suitable for a wide variety
of visitors? These challenges need to be addressed during planning
and preparation of information presentations for mobile,
multimedia museum visitors' guides.
This work presents lessons learned about the preparation of
multimedia presentations for museum visitors' guides in the course
of the PEACH and PIL projects. While planning the presentations,
the designers need to consider the exhibition as a whole, its
objectives, its objects, and the information in which users may be
interested. Then, in light of the resulting generic goals, elicit
relevant text and images and combine them using cinematographic
techniques into integrated multimedia presentations. All the above
is abstracted in a nine-step multimedia presentation preparation
framework, described in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Museums and the Web 2006
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2006


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