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Research in Action

A guest post from Francine Clément, who writes about museums and technologies at Thot cursus, an online magazine dedicated to digital culture and learning. Also a professor in the Museum Techniques department at College Montmorency (Quebec), she will be coming to DC to conduct the next part of a research about development, production and management … Continue reading

The Access App Platform

WATCH THE VIDEO Nancy Proctor, Head of Mobile Strategy and Initiatives for the Smithsonian, and Halsey Burgund, sound artist and creator of, discuss the Access App project, its origins and aims as part of their proposal to MuseumNext 2014. This project is currently seeking partners and funding. Below is a draft project proposal; we … Continue reading

Mobile learning and user experience

It’s hard to imagine living, working and playing before smart phones and tablets existed. Now, more than ever, we are on the go and we use these tools to perform simple and complex tasks, access information quickly and make social connections around the world. The Smithsonian has seen the potential in mobile learning and has … Continue reading

Universal Design and Exhibits

SEPTEMBER 25, 11:30-1:00: Beth Ziebarth, Krista Flores and Kim Moeller and others will be guiding a brown-bag discussion about UNIVERSAL DESIGN AND EXHIBITS. This is a rich topic and there will be a lot to discuss. Consider this a “start” to the dialogue. Thoughts on additional discussions and plans will be addressed at the end … Continue reading

Project Access New York

Project Access New York: Best Practices for Access and Inclusion in the Arts was a one-day special conference held at the Museum of Modern Art on May 2, 2013. As you would expect, the organizers, did an excellent job of making the videos of the conference accessible on YouTube with closed captioning and verbal descriptions. They are … Continue reading

Mobile at Quai Branly, January 2013

While in Paris for the SIME-SITEM conference in January 2013, I  got to try out some interesting new mobile experiences at the Louvre and Quai Branly museums. Quai Branly offers a number of mobile experiences for people of all needs and abilities. There are ‘traditional’ multimedia tours on loan on iPod touches; a multi-sensory iPad experience … Continue reading