DOORS Digital Incubator Programme
We are excited to have been selected to take part in the DOORS digital incubator programme with our partner St Ives Museum. DOORS is a project run by Ars Electronica that seeks to integrate cutting edge technology in innovative ways across the museum sector in Europe. 40 projects from 20 different countries have been selected and we will now work together to refine and peer assess our project ideas.
Our project examines that most ubiquitous museum object- the label. We love museum labels and take great care in making them as informative as possible. However, there is so much more we want to do with them. What if a label could change depending on who was reading it? It could then provide the information in larger text for people with visual impairments. Perhaps it could appear in a different language or be tailored to younger visitors? How about telling other stories or other points of view. Suddenly, we have unlocked a wealth of possibilities around inclusion.
How will we do this?
By joining two established technologies- e-paper (like the screen of an e-reader/kindle) and near-field communication tags (like you find in contactless payment cards) we are going to create a system that allows the museum to be able to create multiple tours based on a lanyard or object.
The Incubator Programme
Having made the shortlist of 40 European Museums (and the only representative from the UK) we now get to attend a series of workshops run by the DOORS team. These will introduce us to the other pilot ideas, experts from their fields and allow us to collaborate with colleagues and companies from across Europe. We hope to keep you updated with our progress so stay tuned!
You can find out more about the DOORS programme and the other organsiations involved here: DOORS – Digital Incubator for Museums (electronica.art)
St Ives Museum and Cornwall Museums Partnership is part of the DOORS – Digital Incubator of Museums network. DOORS has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101036071.