Sustainable DIY Technologies Servicing Cultural Heritage Professionals

Authors: Laura Maye

Date: 2013

In: EUD for Sustainability in Maker Communities, Workshop co-located with the Fourth International Symposium on End-User Development, ITU Copenhagen.

Abstract: The aim of this research is to demonstrate how DIY technologies can be used by cultural heritage professionals to create interactive experiences. Many interactive installations, such as the Retracing the Past, […]

Abstract: The aim of this research is to demonstrate how DIY technologies can be used by cultural heritage professionals to create interactive experiences. Many interactive installations, such as the Retracing the Past, are currently produced by technological experts and do not demand much input from cultural heritage professionals in the development stages [1]. Furthermore, there is an immense amount of technical knowledge required to create, re-purpose or update these interactive installations. For this reason, many of these artefacts are used only once for a specific purpose. However, DIY technologies are continuously getting easier for amateur and novice users to use. Developments in digital fabrication have made it possible to create artefacts with embedded digital information and create artefacts from recycled materials. Through performing several workshops, this research aims to analyse how current DIY technologies can be shaped to service cultural heritage professionals in the development of interactive exhibitions. This research forms part of the Material EncounterS with digital Cultural Heritage (meSch) project.

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