The MUSE is a personal mobile museum on the iPad. A new, interactive and social way for people to browse, view and curate digital cultural heritage content. We first developed the MUSE to create a more intuitive interface for Europeana's vast library at the Europeana Open Data Hackathon 2012 in Leuven and now we have adapted it to work on the Rijksmuseum's API. The challenge is to make it possible to quickly and intuitively find, save and share cultural content on a mobile device so people could find out more about art while involved in a cultural experience on location- say on a city tour or in a museum. We did this by combining the Rijksmuseum API with User generated Links and comments and pre-populated disambiguous Wiki Links. This enables the discovery experience but it also creates an incredible opportunity to enrich data as people explore, curate and share their experience with others.
The Rijksmuseum MUSE
How it works
While on location a person searches for cultural content on an iPad and gets immediate results that are displayed in an expandable image gallery.
With sweeping motions the user can find what they think is interesting very quickly and select the work of art for a larger view and more details.
When the item is selected, a new screen appears with the larger image and detailed description. On the right hand side a menu appears where users populate related links about WHAT,WHERE, WHO from Wikipedia other websites (such as Google Maps, YouTube, Pinterest, etc.) as well comments added by users is displayed. Wikipedia links are special because they are added to a new Node Database as disambiguoius.
As the users experiences the art, explore the links, browse the web and save what they like to their personal museums, they are automatically enriching a completely new Node Database with more and more relevant links which also vastly enriches the end user discovery experience.
As links are added and the Node Database grows users will be able to explore how they (as individuals) are related to an art object by following a "Linked-In" like path that shows all the links the database has connected while finding associations to their profile and the item. As they explore these links, a new opportunity is created to discover even more interesting content related to their new mobile cultural experience.
Because the Rijksmuseum API data is not sematically linked as well as the Europeana API this feature is currently disabled but when ehough Wiki related user generated links appear we plan to re-enable this in the next version. You can view the original PDF of our presentation in Leuven here, and be assured this unique feature was fully operational last spring during the Europeana Hackathon; unfortunately, due to the amount of data crunching it is quite expensive to keep active in the cloud so we only fire it up for demonstrations.
About Glimworm IT
MUSE is developed by Glimworm IT, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. For more information about Glimworm go to glimworm.com or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org