We were just advised that one of our Australian Research Council Linkage grants, Transforming visualisation in museums: deep mapping for narrative coherence, was successful. This project aims to evaluate the use of interactive virtual environments in the museum context. Through creating the world’s first narrative-driven multi-user ‘deep mapping data browser’ to produce a visualisation of cultural heritage, we will be conducting user evaluation across three museum sites in Australia, Hong Kong and China. The intended outcomes include innovation in museum interpretation and transformation of public access to digital archives, as well as trialling new forms of evaluation / research techniques and processes.
The project is being headed up by Professor Sarah Kenderdine, University of New South Wales, with partners the University Of California, Berkeley; City University of Hong Kong; the Australian National Maritime Museum; the Hong Kong Maritime Museum and other partners from China.
We are very excited to be one of the 15 or so funded projects from the GLAM sector in this round, and are very much looking forward to sharing our results over the next two years, so watch this space especially as I grapple with a whole new set of complex research challenges!