Saturday, May 12, 2007

Web Resource Review 3

Museum puts tags on stuffed birds
By Farhat Khan

I located this article with proQuest, and chose to revisit it through the RFID Journal in order to gain some context. I skipped past the dense main page - straight into RFID applications within the Art and Museum world. Kahn mentions that RFID technology (traditionally only considered useful for commercial purposes) has been employed innovatively by a Natural History Museum to better entertain its visitors by extending their learning experience.

This project does that by attaching RFID tags beside each bird on display, with the hope that the visitor, (who is issued with a PDA and is logged into the museum system) will interact with the exhibits through a choice of 3 different modes: encyclopaedia, theme and game.

The viewer is in the driving seat, however the choices they make are recorded and stored in a database. This enables staff and exhibit designers to access the data and come to general conclusions about viewing behaviours.

Throughout the article terminology is usefully hyperlinked directly to the RFID Journal glossary, where an explanation is provided. This is a good resource to use when proposing similar applications of RFID technology, as it caters to the planning and developing stages of exhibitions.

This Article gives evidence of what strategies are popular, and so would be a useful guide for those who are unfamiliar with this technology. There is little fuss about a system collecting specific data on the individuals visits. Perhaps this is due to it being a Danish museum, not an American one.

Khan, F. (2004, September 7). Museum Puts Tags on Stuffed Birds. RFiD Journal. Retrieved from

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